In response to the declining Southern Resident Orca population, November 10th is the first ever Puget Sound Orca Recovery Day. This is an opportunity for volunteers to help at several conservation efforts around the sound and make active strides to help our neighbors in the Puget Sound.
Join Forterra and the Port of Tacoma at the Gog Le Hi Te wetlands restoration site to plant native trees and shrubs along the Puyallup River. Having a robust buffer of native plants between developed areas and wetlands filters out chemicals and sediment, cools water, and overall improves the habitat for orcas and their food: salmon. Go to Better Ground for more information on this day.
Gloves, tools, snacks, and instruction provided. Wear weather-appropriate clothing and sturdy shoes.
Note: On August 14th, a mosquito was tested positive for West Nile virus during a routine sampling at Gog Le Hi Te wetlands. This was the first and only positive test of West Nile in Pierce County. Subsequent tests at the site have been negative. According to the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, the risk of contracting West Nile Virus during this event is extremely low, especially since mosquito activity has almost entirely declined this time of year. Learn more about steps to prevent mosquito bites and about signs and symptoms of West Nile Virus at the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department website.