Salmon, people and grizzlies, oh my

Two of the Northwest’s declining icons are the focus of upcoming public events on Bainbridge Island.

On Saturday and Sunday, actor Peter Donaldson (in photo, above) will present Salmonpeople, a one-man show about Northwest history’s links to salmon. The performance will help the Bainbridge chapter of Trout Unlimited raise local matching funds for grants supporting fish habitat restoration projects.

“The ongoing monitoring of salmon returns to the streams of Bainbridge Island has clearly shown that we are not seeing the numbers of salmon adults that we should,” said Trout Unlimited member and biologist Wayne Daley. “The results of the last two seasons (of stream monitoring) have been disappointing and indicate we have a tremendous amount of work to do to restore local sustainable habitat.”

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Salmonpeople’s performances are scheduled for Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and at 3 p.m. on Sunday at Bainbridge Performing Arts.

Look here for more info on Salmonpeople.

Those wishing to help with fish recovery projects can contact Daley,

On Jan. 15, author David Knibb will talk about grizzly bears in the North Cascades and his new book, “Grizzly Wars: The Public Fight Over the Great Bear,” at the IslandWood environmental learning center.

The North Cascades are one of six areas in the lower 48 states designated for grizzly recover under the Endangered Species Act. But, according to Knibb, the North Cascades are treated as “the stepchild” of grizzly recovery, which has focused primarily on the northern Rockies.

In “Grizzly Wars,” Knibb explores policy and political issues involved in attempts to save the bear. He highlights the role of public attitudes, the part that state governments play in the recovery process, the importance of providing links between habitat areas, and the significance of U.S.-Canada cooperation in managing grizzlies.

Knibb’s talk is scheduled at 7 p.m. IslandWood is located at 4450 Blakely Ave. NE.