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This is Mike. He's the one on the left, facing a group of students who want to learn more about the natural world through the lens of salmon ecology. Mike is part of a cadre of folks who meet young learners by the creek during Salmon Watch trips. He is about to share some knowledge about water quality and what it can tell us about the watery world of salmon. Is Mike prepared? Heck yes he is. How is he so good at what he does? Training.Want to be like Mike? Come to one of our upcoming Salmon Watch volunteer trainings and we'll show you how!Trainings are August 26 (Waterloo Park) and September 11 (Albany Senior Center). More information at LBSW.org and on our website– just follow the link in our bio!📸: Adult man talking to group of middle school aged students across a table that has tools for testing water quality. They are standing along a river under leafy trees.#salmonwatch #lbsw #everykidoutdoors #volunteer #outdooreducation

By Webmaster / August 11, 2021
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Exciting news! Oregon is releasing a new salmon license plate design that will be available starting September 1. Special fees from sales of the license plates go to the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) to help fund salmon habitat protection and restoration. The original plates launched in 1998 and, so far, have earned more than $8 million dollars.To help promote the new plates, the Oregon Conservation Partnership is hosting a special eBay auction for low-numbered "first run," plates SM 00001 through SM 00020. This is a fundraiser to support salmon recovery in Oregon and the winning bidder for each plate gets to select one of several state-wide, environmental non-profit organizations to receive their donation (bid price). Bids must be placed by 5PM on July 30th, 2021, so time is of the essence.If you win the auction, you get a sweet, new, low-numbered salmon plate.  You can then choose to designate that the proceeds go to Network of Oregon Watershed Councils.  Your donation to NOWC will help support technical training for Watershed Council staff members state-wide.A link to more information on the new salmon plates, including how to bid, is in our bio.  For more information on NOWC, please visit their website at oregonwatersheds.org!

By Webmaster / July 27, 2021
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Linn-Benton Salmon Watch brings young learners outside to experience the world through the lens of salmon ecology. This program is only possible due to the collaboration and mutual support of many partners in Linn and Benton Counties. The LBSW steering committee members are excited to announce that we are seeking a volunteer coordinator for this year's field trips! This temporary, paid position will work in both an office setting AND a field setting, helping recruit, train, and support volunteers, who are vital to make each trip a success. The full announce is linked in our bio, and you are welcome to DM with questions! 1. Photo of a group of elementary school kids standing on a gravel bar next to a river with a canopy of leafy trees in fall colors of yellow and orange.#linnbentonsalmonwatch #nochildleftinside #outdoororegon #outdooreducation

By Webmaster / July 8, 2021
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Salmon Watch is a FREE experiential field trip for 5th and 6th grade students that focuses on salmon and healthy watersheds. The Linn-Benton Salmon Watch is coordinated by @calapooiawatershedcouncil, @bentonswcd, @southsantiamwc, @odfw_conservation, and @u.s.forestservice.It takes a huge volunteer effort to carry out these field trips each fall and we know recruitment will be particularly challenging in 2021. That's why we are asking for community support to hire a volunteer coordinator so that we can meet the challenge and continue to provide students with this amazing outdoor experience!To support the program, please visit our gofundme campaign: https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/salmon-watch-volunteer-coordinator. The link is also available in our bio. To learn more about Linn-Benton Salmon Watch visit: lbsw.orgThank you for your support!#salmonwatch #outdooreducation

By Webmaster / June 3, 2021
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We are happy to be back in our local creeks and streams as we deploy sensors for our 2021 stream temperature monitoring season!You never what you'll find in the field! This week we saw stonefly exuvia or the empty exoskeleton left behind as the nymph transforms into it's winged adult form!We also came across a large freshwater mussel, likely a western ridged mussel. These filter feeders are more pollution tolerant compared to some mussels, but they are not found in highly polluted waters.

By Webmaster / May 14, 2021
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Salmon Watch is a FREE experiential field trip for 5th and 6th grade students that focuses on salmon and healthy watersheds. The Linn-Benton Salmon Watch is coordinated by @calapooiawatershedcouncil, @bentonswcd, @southsantiamwc, @odfw_conservation, and @u.s.forestservice.It takes a huge volunteer effort to carry out these field trips each fall and we know recruitment will be particularly challenging in 2021. That's why we are asking for community support to hire a volunteer coordinator so that we can meet the challenge and continue to provide students with this amazing outdoor experience!To support the program, please visit our gofundme campaign: https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/salmon-watch-volunteer-coordinatorTo learn more about Linn-Benton Salmon Watch visit: lbsw.orgThank you for your support!#salmonwatch #outdooreducation

By Webmaster / April 30, 2021
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Our new blog post features a success story close to our hearts. Bogwood is a special place and great work is happening there.This photo image is of a beaver dam analog built by the landowners at Bogwood. In the absence of beaver, these structures serve a critical ecosystem service. They serve to slow water down, creating temporary pools that help develop nutrient-rich soils. Holding water on the land longer also helps to recharge soils and supports healthy, complex plant communities. This, in turn, promotes wildlife use. Learn more about Bogwood by clicking on the link in our bio!📸 1. Small logs constructed into a midstream dam analog with ponded water above and flowing water below.

By Webmaster / February 22, 2021
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We are just a week away from the first seminar in our upcoming Plan For Your Land workshop series! There are a couple of spots remaining in this fully remote series and you must register to hold your spot in the class! All are welcome; resources will be geared toward Linn County residents but information will be generally useful for the mid-Willamette Valley. More information and registration are available in our bio.

By Webmaster / January 19, 2021
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Hey folks! New year, new look for our website! We'd love for you to check it out and let us know how things are looking. Link is in our bio, but the address is pretty easy: https://www.sswc.org.While you're there, you can find our most recent Annual Report if you haven't seen it yet. You can also sign up for our mailing list and check out our document library. We're loving our revamp and can't say enough good things about our fabulous webmaster. Thank you @nancythecurious!!!

By Webmaster / January 11, 2021
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Watershed councils are many things to many people, but at our core, we are builders and shapers.  As we leave 2020 behind, we note the ways it has shaped us and pause to decide what we take forward with us into a new year.  We chose gratitude, hope, optimism, flexibility, and care: for each other and the world around us.This year, our Annual Report focuses on gratitude. And we are grateful. In the face of tremendous change, we sought and found moments of clarity, connection, beauty, and growth. This last year brought opportunities to rethink the ways in which we work. We learned what it means to adapt, adapt again, and then come to understand that, like water flowing downstream, we are constantly adapting.In August, the council brought on a new director. In a few days, we'll launch a new website.  In late January, we'll host a second round of the conservation education workshop series Plan For Your Land. Together, with your support, we will continue to grow. To adapt to an ever-changing world. To protect and enhance the watershed. To learn with our neighbors. To care for land, water and everything they touch.A link to the 2020 Annual Report is in our bio. We look forward to working with you in the new year!

By Webmaster / December 31, 2020
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