The Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group is beginning a new citizen monitoring effort to gain a better understanding of natural resources in the lower Duckabush River and its estuary.

The project, which is funded through the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account program, will begin this fall and continue monthly, with volunteers collecting data on water quality and bird populations while monitoring wildlife use and landscape changes through photo points. Volunteer-collected information will be shared on the Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group’s website.

This monitoring project ties into the Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group’s work to engage with community members and landowners about the future of the lower Duckabush River and potential habitat restoration. Over the last year and a half, the Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group has been working with community members and stakeholders to gather input relating to the Duckabush River and its natural resources, all of which will be compiled into a report later this year. Community members can learn more about the citizen monitoring effort and/or offer input about the Duckabush River at HCSEG’s next open house, scheduled for October 25th from 6pm-8pm at the Brinnon Community Center.

Volunteers are needed to help with the monitoring project. Help is specifically needed on a weekly basis with collecting routine information in the field and also entering the collected data on a computer. HCSEG will be announcing a volunteer training schedule in early August. Interested volunteers are asked to contact Seth Elsen at (360) 275-3575 extension 12, or by email at

Duckabush Resident Survey

HCSEG’s Duckabush Community Survey can be accessed here.