Update from: October 29th, 2013
As quickly as the salmon arrived they are disappearing. In small sections of the river you may still see a few spawning pairs. Today, half a dozen sockeye were spawning at the viewing platform area. The evidence of the salmons’ completed life cycle remain and still offer some interesting viewing.
Update from: October 21, 2013
The sub-dominant sockeye run for 2013 has peaked. Sockeye, chinook and pink salmon were seen spawning in the Adams River this fall. Keep in mind the park has 26 kms of trails and there are many areas of the river to check out.
Thanksgiving weekend 2013 was a feast for the senses. The sights, sounds and smells of spawning salmon did not disappoint. The open house hosted by the Adams River Salmon Society was well attended. Approximately 7,400 visitors came to Roderick Haig-Brown Park throughout the long weekend. This year’s sub-dominant run of returning sockeye has been very good compared to 2012, which certainly added to the all the excitement.
Along with taking in the sights visitors could have their portrait taken with our one-of-a- kind owl-bear-sockeye carnival board. Children added their unique fish designs to a colourful mural to be displayed at future events. Cameron Coates shared his passion for fly fishing by demonstrating his fly tying skills. The North Shuswap Chamber of Commerce and the Shuswap Trail Alliance provided additional information about our area. Viewers were able to see the intriguing short film “Uninterrupted” created by film maker Nettie Wild. Along with giving trail directions and answering questions about the fish everyone involved did an excellent job of welcoming park visitors and enhancing their experience.
The Interpretive Cabin has received thousands of visitors this fall from all over the world. It is now closed for the season and will be open again in the spring.
Remember you are always welcome to become a member and join us in our efforts of education and conservation.
The Society would like to thank the volunteers who took part in all our events this season and we look forward to seeing everyone next year for the Salute to the Sockeye celebration in October. Next fall, if you are willing to help out please contact us by email- email@example.com
Note: Roderick Haig-Brown Park is open all year round for your enjoyment of the trails, river, wildlife and scenery in all four seasons.
Summer and Fall 2013 Review of Salmon Society Activities:
By Sheila Empey, Administrator/Education Coordinator
The Adams River Salmon Society interpretive cabin has seen a steady flow of visitors this summer. The guest book contains signatures from near and far; Lee Creek neighbours to overseas and the United States. Conversations with guests cover a wide range of topics. Roadside directions and park information, to education and concerns about our wild salmon.
The Society is working towards creating a permanent interpretive display inside the cabin. Plans include floating lexan information boards and etchings on the floor, all explaining the salmons’ life cycle and journey. The intention is for this project to be completed by the 2014 Salute to the Sockeye celebration. Educational videos are available for viewing on site including the Salmon Confidential film by Twyla Roscovich produced by Salmon are Sacred. Unique souvenir items are also for sale with all proceeds going to the Society. The souvenir sales support our education and conservation efforts concerning the wild salmon stocks and Roderick Haig-Brown Park.
The Routes and Blues hikes and concert series returned to our neck of the woods this past August. The Adams River Salmon Society continues to be a proud partner along with many other wonderful sponsors. The Shuswap Trail Alliance were excellent hosts and the Salmon Arm Folk Music Society does a superb job of organizing all the outreach activities. I was lucky enough to attend the Turtle Spotting hike at White Lake and explore the Kingfisher Interpretive Centre. Each providing a great opportunity to learn more about the conservation and education activities going on throughout the Shuswap region.
Fall is fast approaching and plans are in the works for welcoming visitors to the park on Thanksgiving weekend (Oct. 12-14) 2013. The numbers of salmon returning to spawn are hard to predict. We are all hoping for the best and very aware of the possible struggles all the fish are facing. Typically the Adams River run sees its highest numbers the first three weeks of October. Stay tuned to this website and follow us on Facebook for the latest information leading up to the run.
July 2013 News: By Sheila Empey
The sun was shining in Roderick Haig-Brown Park for the Second Annual Summer Salmon Festival hosted by the Adams River Salmon Society. Riders of all ages took part in the Bicycle Parade. They all wore costumes that had been inspired by the local environment and fictional literary characters. The creativity of these participants was rewarded with prizes generously donated by Scotch Creek Fun Centre, Skookum Cycle and Squilax General Store & Hostel.
The entertainment continued with captivating storytelling by Ralph McBryan who shared the tales of Coyote and Buffalo. Children then had a chance to sharpen their crayons for a friendly colouring contest capturing the images of some of the park’s local wildlife. The activities concluded with an informative demonstration of fly fishing hosted by the Westside Stores Ltd. (Jason and Todd) in Salmon Arm and Cameron Coates who is a passionate young fly fisherman.
Food for the day was supplied by Safety Mart Stores in Chase and included a spectacular chocolate cake appropriately decorated with a colourful sockeye salmon.
The Salmon Society would like to thank everyone for attending the event and we look forward to planning the 2014 Summer Salmon Festival.