If you thought, eagle, I would agree for a second place win. If you said, Subaru, the word “creature,” indicates a sentient being that breathes. My vote for first place would have to go to the salmon.
We are a community built on the backs of salmon. Whatcom County has a rich history of the importance of salmon to the native community. Industry once depended on salmon. So I dedicate this Bliss List to the (Un)Official Community Fish, the salmon. Read on for 4 ways to raise a fin in its honor:
1: When the rains come, so do the salmon, leaving the ocean to run up our creeks and rivers and spawn. Spawning season is from September through March. For some great viewing points, check out this Bellingham Herald article.
2: Did you know that we have a college specifically dedicated to educating students to work in the fishing industry? The Perry Center for Fisheries & Aquaculture Sciences is a newer addition to the offerings at Bellingham Technical College. The new building includes wet and dry laboratories, as well as interpretive hatchery displays for the public. Give them a visit, then stroll over to the fish ponds nearby. www.hkpa.com/project-details/bellingham-technical-center-perry-center-for-fisheries.com
3: We even have a local non-profit dedicated to protecting and restoring salmon habitats: NSEA (Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association) If you’ve never heard their executive director, Rachel Vasak, speak, be prepared. She is so passionate about why salmon are mission critical to our community’s health and well-being, that after hearing her, you will leave convinced that our children, and our children’s children, depend on a healthy eco-system for Pacific salmon and Steelhead. www.n-sea.org
4: Is all this talk of salmon making you hungry?
One of my favorite dishes is the Ponzu Salmon Bowl at Anthony’s.
It’s a nice piece of fish drizzled with a sweet Ponzu sauce over a bed of greens and jasmine rice. If anyone out there wants to thank me for anything, you now know what to get me. It will be an even bigger thanks if you join me.
See, maybe Rachel is right. Salmon brings people, and communities together…especially in our corner of the Pacific Northwest.