Come Back, Salmon: How a Group of Dedicated Kids Adopted Pigeon Creek and Brought It Back to Lifeby Molly Cone, Rik Olson, Bonnie Smetts, Sidnee Wheelwright
"Pigeon Creek is past saving. Maybe you should just forget it." That's what the students of Jackson in Everett, Washington heard when they set out to reclaim a nearby stream that had once been a spawning ground for salmon. Undaunted, the children set to workand this lively and inspiring account, featuring more than forty full-color photographs, tells how they
"Pigeon Creek is past saving. Maybe you should just forget it." That's what the students of Jackson in Everett, Washington heard when they set out to reclaim a nearby stream that had once been a spawning ground for salmon. Undaunted, the children set to workand this lively and inspiring account, featuring more than forty full-color photographs, tells how they worked a small but important ecological miracle.
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Pigeon Creek #1 flows for about two miles. From the southwestern edge of the city Everett, Washington, it makes its way north to Puget Sound. Its last half-mile runs just below Jackson Elementary School. To get to the Sound, the creek flows through a culvert, or large pipe, under the railroad tracks and then across a sandy beach.
None of the students at Jackson School had ever seen a fish in Pigeon Creek. What the fifth graders saw in the creek when they followed the wooded trail down from their school grounds on a sunny fall day in 1984 was muddy water. Scattered through it were bottles and cans, squashed Styrofoam cups, torn six-pack holders, old tires, and a lot of other junk. Along the banks were a broken-down refrigerator, a set of bedsprings, and some smashed cardboard cartons.
Meet the Author
Sidnee Wheelwright lives in Snohomish County, Washington, where she writes and photographs for a number of local publications. Her photos have also appeared in national magazines, including U.S. Kids anf Good Housekeeping. A former English teacher, Ms. Wheelwright served as editor for the Adopt-A-Stream Foundation newsletter, and she is currently active in several local conservation efforts.
Molly Cone is the author of more than forty books for young readers, including seven titles in her popular Mishmash series. Both she and her husband are natives of Washington state, and they currently make their home in Seattle. Ms. Cone's penchant for Pacific Northwest settings and her love for the are around Puget Sound sparked her interest in the Jackson School story.
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