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Nisqually stream team looking for potential citizen scientists

Nisqually Stream Stewards help with a variety of project, such as when volunteer David Anderson of Roy worked with Teresa Moon, project manager with the South Sound Salmon Enhancement Group,to place sandbags and fabric barriers to protect Mashel River from debris during logjam construction.
Nisqually Stream Stewards help with a variety of project, such as when volunteer David Anderson of Roy worked with Teresa Moon, project manager with the South Sound Salmon Enhancement Group,to place sandbags and fabric barriers to protect Mashel River from debris during logjam construction. Staff file

The Nisqually Stream Stewards are looking for volunteers willing to be trained as citizen scientists, wanting to learn more about the watershed and become more engaged in the community.

The Nisqually Stream Stewards program is a joint effort between the Nisqually River Council and Nisqually Indian Tribe.

The training class, which begins next month, will introduce participants to a network of natural resources professionals in the South Puget Sound region and promotes community engagement, according to a new release.

Participants will receive 40 hours of class time, plus field experiences at Mount Rainier National Park, University of Washington Pack Forest, the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge and other locations.

After completing the training, participants can help monitor water quality, identify aquatic insects, view spawning salmon, collect biodiversity data and learn more about local conservation organizations. In exchange for the training, participants commit to giving 40 hours of volunteer time in the region during the next year.

The class is free, but space is limited to the first 25 participants. It is open to people of all ages and abilities.

Classes will be held Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings beginning Aug. 4 and running through Sept. 26.

For more information, or to reserve a spot, email streamstewards@nisquallyriver.org or call 360-438-8715.

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