The Cashmere Library will celebrate the release of 40 baby salmon with a parade and activities on Saturday, June 25 at Riverside Park.
The coho salmon have been raised from eggs at the Cashmere Library since January in a partnership between NCW Libraries and Cascade Fisheries. Library visitors have enjoyed watching them hatch and grow bigger over the past five months.
Now it’s time to set them free.
The event will begin at 10 a.m. with crafts and hands-on activities that teach about the salmon life cycle with librarians from Cashmere and Peshastin and staff from Cascadia Conservation District and Cascade Fisheries. Salmon story time will be at 12:15 p.m., followed by the salmon release parade at 1 p.m. Children will have an opportunity to name a baby salmon before releasing it.
This is the third year that the Cashmere Library has raised baby salmon and released them into the Wenatchee River.
“We hope to continue this program for many years as it brings awareness to the vital natural resources that we need to protect, use and preserve,” said Cashmere Branch Librarian Lisa Lawless. “Working with Jen Herdmann and Cascade Fisheries has been an absolute pleasure and we are happy to continue to do so.”