Juneau Nature

Natural & cultural history of Juneau & Southeast Alaska

Juneau Nature - Natural & cultural history of Juneau & Southeast Alaska

Salmonids

Manna of the Northwest

In recent years a popular campaign slogan—“salmon in the trees“—has moved front-&-center into the effort to rein-in destructive developments in salmon watersheds throughout the Pacific Northwest. By one interpretation, salmon-delivered nutrients to our streamside soils are thought to make trees grow bigger and faster. Ironically, riparian spruces may turn out to be some of the only species whose productivity is relatively unaffected by decomposing fish. Some of the greatest stands documented by the Landmark Trees Project are upstream of salmon-barrier falls. Conversely, we’ve seen many mediocre streamside forests with bear-discarded spawners littering the understory.

But no one can deny the centrality of salmon to our nutritional, ecological and spiritual existence, here on the rainy coast.

clearwaterspawners from Richard Carstensen on Vimeo.

3DR Solo with gimballed gopro, about 15 feet elevation over a pink salmon spawning riffle. Didn’t appear to frighten them much.