WA State Climatologist To Speak On Future Of Salmon

YAKIMA, WA — Nick Bond, the Washington state climatologist, who has expertise on the history and the challenges of salmon in Washington, will speak at the Yakima Valley Museum on March 6.

Bond, a member of the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau, will explore the science and story of the cherished Northwest icon in his free talk, “Are Salmon Doomed? Hatching a Plan to Save a Northwest Icon,” at noon at the museum, 2105 Tieton Drive.

An environmental necessity, a vital economic resource and a cultural symbol, salmon play a fundamental role in the Pacific Northwest, but they are in trouble, a news release noted.

With warming oceans, environmental degradation and lowering genetic variability, wild salmon populations are dwindling. Bond explores the past, present and possible future conditions for salmon in our state, and sees room for optimism. He shares lessons on how local communities have accomplished important work to support salmon runs, but also takes a hard look at the realities climate change poses.

Bond lives in Seattle. His position was created by the state to serve as an expert source of climate and weather information.