Adventure briefs for Dec. 13


Celebrate solstice at Estuarium

Celebrate the winter solstice Saturday at the Turn of the Tides Festival.

The family event will include storyteller Gene Tagaban at noon, marine theme pieces on sale from local artists, and the opportunity to have hot cocoa and chowder.

In addition to the South Sound Estuary Association, also on hand will be representatives from Pacific Shellfish Institute, Nisqually Reach Nature Center, Nisqually Land Trust, South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group, Puget Sound Restoration Fund, Capitol Land Trust and LOTT.

The free event will run from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the South Sound Estuarium, 309 State Ave. NE, Olympia.

Learn more about the Estuarium at sseacenter.org.


Grants will be restore Sound shorelines

Projects in Pierce and Thurston counties are among 12 projects being funded through the state Department of Fish and Wildlife that will protect and restore the natural shorelines around Puget Sound. The agency is distributing $8.2 million for the projects.

In Thurston County, a grant for $86,684 will help a study of the effects of bulkhead removal on Puget Sound beaches. That information will help decide future restoration and protection projects. The effort includes studying by the South Sound Salmon Enhancement Group of a bulkhead removal project at Eld Inlet in Olympia to provide a better understanding of site-specific benefits and basin-wide work to protect Puget Sound beaches.

A $350,000 grant will help develop recommendations for rebuilding marsh land by re-establishing natural processes that distribute sediment at the Nisqually River’s recently restored delta. This effort by the United States Geological Survey is taking place in Pierce and Thurston counties.


Peninsula derby tickets now on sale

Tickets are now on sale for the 2016 Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby. The annual event will run from February 19-21, instead of the traditional slot on Presidents Day weekend.

Derby organizers also announced that all tickets will be sold in advance, with sales ending Feb. 17. No tickets will be sold at the five weigh stations during the event.

Anglers will be competing for the $10,000 first prize for catching the largest winter blackmouth salmon.

Formerly the Discovery Bay Salmon Derby, the event is hosted by the Gardiner Salmon Derby Association, a nonprofit organization that supports emergency and other services in that area.

The derby also is part of the Northwest Marine Trade Association’s Northwest Salmon Derby Series.

Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at area merchants. Tickets also can be purchased online for $42.50. Go to gardinersalmonderby.org for ticket sale locations, online ticket sales and other details.

Compiled by Jeffrey P. Mayor, jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com