Adams River Salmon Run

As the salmon complete their 18 day trip to the Adams River their bodies undergo an amazing transformation. The fish turn bright crimson red with green heads the males develop humped backs and hooked snouts and the female’s bellies expand filled with thousands of eggs.

Spawning Sockeye Salmon in seasonal colors bright red and green

Spawning Sockeye Salmon in seasonal colors

The river becomes a hotbed of activity as the sockeye pair off and the females dig nests and drop eggs in the gravel beds. The males then fertilize the eggs with showers of milt all the while fighting off other contenders.

The sockeye in the river attract a wide variety of other wildlife to the area to benefit from the meals of fish. Bears, coyotes, other land predators, eagles, ospreys and also other fish all take their portions of the nutrients the eggs and dying fish provide.

For more information about the Salmon Run check the Adams River Salmon Society website.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Chinook Salmon larger than the Sockey and Black in color as opposed to the red green of the Sockeye

Chinook Salmon also return around the same time as the Sockeye. These are also referred to as Spring or King Salmon

We are only 10 minutes away from the Adams River. Come stay in our modern cottages to witness this great nearby spectacle of nature.

Every 4 years the Adams River sockeye salmon travel 400 km from the Pacific Ocean to this inland waterway to return to their birthplace to spawn.

This is a special educational experience for the whole family. A special example of one species strange strategy for survival.