Hundreds of freshwater Kokanee Salmon are making their remaining journey again to the swimming pools the place they had been born.
“At three, 4 or 5 years outdated, when the hormone degree is excessive, they’ll go up the creek that they had been born to virtually precisely the spot that they had been from,” stated Marnie Vanstone, RDCO Park interpreter.
This 12 months, greater than 4,000 Kokanee Salmon have been counted at Hardy Falls alone. Interpreters are available at Hardy Falls Regional Park in addition to at Mission Creek Regional Park in Kelowna to assist households uncover the significance of fall spawning and the life cycle of the Kokanee Salmon.
The returning salmon lay their eggs in nests within the gravel, as many as 1,000 at a time for the males to fertilize. Although for the Kokanee Salmon, life is filled with risks from the very starting.
“The eggs are excessive in protein, so even the bears go for the eggs and from there they proceed to get the remainder of what they need, however even the geese will eat the our bodies,” stated Vanstone.
As soon as the spawning is full, the adults die. It’s the circle of life in motion.
The weekend Kokanee Salmon Interpretation Program ends on Oct. 10.
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