Salmon at the ‘B’-Bay

IMG_2456If you visit the brewery this July through August, you will find hand-painted salmon plaques decorating our Bistro walls. The artwork was made by the 4th graders of Whatcom County as part of the Students for Salmon program hosted by the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA). If you look closely, on each of these wooden plaques, there is a hand-written pledge by a 4th grader promising to do their individual part in restoring the wild salmon populations of Whatcom County.  Stunning photography highlighting the past years’ worth of NSEA’s volunteer work in the community, is also on display and for sale.

Best Cedar Tree students at Black SloughNSEA is a community based non-profit dedicated to restoring wild salmon populations in over 1,600km of rivers and streams in Whatcom Country. The main focus of NSEA is the restoration of lowland riparian areas, heavily impacted by human activities like agriculture and urban development. NSEA works with our local community by leading several volunteer projects a year which include activities like the replanting native foliage, stream improvement construction, and free educational courses.  One of these courses includes Students for Salmon, a hands-on environmental science program specifically for fourth grade students in Whatcom County, which teaches the basics of salmon and stream ecology while reinforcing values of stream stewardship, including both teacher and NSEA-led lessons and field experiences. The goal of the program is to teach students about salmon and their watershed environment. By teaching the students about what salmon require in order to live, the program encourages the students to become environmental stewards in the future. During the 2011-2012 school year, 1,131 of our local 4th graders spent a total of 16,625 hours in the Students for Salmon program!

This year, the kids hand-painted individual salmon plaques, which include a hand-written promise of how they will personally continue to help protect our local salmon species. In anticipation of the annual Salmon at the Bay Dinner hosted by NSEA, these vibrant fish now decorate our bistro walls — along with beautiful photography, documenting NSEA’s work in the community! NSEA and Boundary Bay invite you to join us for the annual gourmet wild-salmon dinner and celebrate the art, music and local community as a whole – Saturday, August 10th from 5-8:30 in the Beer Garden. There will be a live auction, silent auction, kids crafts, stand-up comedy, music and so much more! Tickets are $20 for adults/$10 for kids. Tickets can be purchased in advance by emailing aferdere@n-sea.org or by calling 360-715-0283 x 105

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