Owner: King County Parks
As climate change is having a greater impact on our region, the longer, hotter and drier summers are putting more stress on our native plants and eco-systems. Consequently, planting of new native plants now occurs in the Fall which allows young plants to acclimate with ample rainfall throughout the winter. Spring activities are focused on invasive weed removal and mulching of plants. Mulching helps plants by retaining the moisture in the soil and reducing the temperature of it along with preventing invasive weed growth.
When water levels are low, note the rocks off the north side of the bridge near the eastern shore. This is a Native American cultural site known as North Wind’s Weir. According to Southern Puget Sound Salish Epic of the Winds oral story, there once was a war between the North Wind people and the Chinook Wind people who lived further up the Duwamish. North Wind covered the land with ice and snow, and stretched a dam of ice across the river to keep the salmon from running upstream and therefore starve the Chinook Wind people. Eventually, Storm Wind melted the ice weir with its remnants turned to stone, and the ice and snow retreated. Click here for a complete version of the North Wind’s Legend.
- Blue Herons can be seen at low tide feeding on fish among the rocks,
- Bald Eagles nest just down river in the large trees on the west bank,
- Salmon in their juvenile stage rest in the inlets on both sides of the river during their spring journey to Puget Sound, while as adults they can be seen returning in September through January.
- Depending on the time of year, many other bird species can be seen as well.