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Save Our Wild Salmon

2021.vigilJoin us on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 20, at one of several vigils in the Pacific Northwest to highlight the plight of critically endangered Snake River salmon and call for urgent action by our elected leaders to restore the Snake River, recover its salmon, and invest in our communities.

These vigils, co-hosted by a number of allied organizations, will take place in Spokane, Bellingham, Vancouver, Portland, Boise, and Ketchum.

November 20, 2021 marks a grim 30-year anniversary when Snake River sockeye salmon were first listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). This was the first ‘endangered’ listing under the ESA for a salmon population anywhere in the United States. It came in response to a petition submitted by the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes whose traditional homelands are centered in the mountains of central Idaho.

In short order, the other three remaining Snake River salmon and steelhead populations were also listed. Today, after three decades, six inadequate, illegal federal plans, and many billions of dollars, these fish still swim on the brink of extinction. This year, just 4 adult sockeye salmon survived to swim into their spawning grounds in the Stanley Basin in central Idaho after struggling past eight dams and warm and stagnant reservoirs downstream. 

Salmon - and the irreplaceable benefits they bring to our region - are running out of time. The loss of salmon is an existential threat to tribal nations, and to anglers, businesses, and communities across the Northwest. Steep salmon declines also imperil many other fish and wildlife populations -  including the Southern Resident orcas that rely upon Chinook salmon as their primary source of food.

Notably, restoring a free flowing lower Snake River by removing its four federal dams is among our nation’s very best salmon/river restoration opportunities today, and an imperative for protecting its fish populations from extinction. 

Join us on Nov. 20 for a vigil to highlight this 30-year struggle for survival - and to call on our public officials for urgent action.

thumbnail McCoy D CONSRV1V7A0118 copyIt’s past time to act! Snake River salmon and Southern Resident orcas need a comprehensive plan that restores the lower Snake River and invests in our communities. Public officials in the Northwest are finally beginning to pay attention to this ecological and community crisis - but their progress is slow. Join us for a vigil on 11/20 to honor the salmon, highlight their plight - and call on our leaders to move faster and farther. 

See more event details below - and ways you can get more involved. We’ll update this page in the coming days.

BELLINGHAM, WA: Vigil for Endangered Salmon - with Indigenous speakers, performers, and a 1-mile walk through downtown
Where: Maritime Heritage Park amphitheater (500 W Holly St), Bellingham, WA 98225
Who: The Endangered Species Coalition, Washington Environmental Council, Washington Conservation Voters, Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship
When: November 20th, from 4-6 pm
Facebook Event
For further information:
Chris Connolly -, (781) 367-1256 
SPOKANE, WA: Vigil for endangered Snake River salmon
Where: Tribal Gathering Place (Downtown Spokane between City Hall and Mobius)
Who: Save Our wild Salmon Coalition, Spokane Riverkeeper, Spokane Falls Trout Unlimited, Sierra Club, and 350 Spokane, The Lands Council, and Backbone Campaign
When: Nov. 20, 3:30pm - 4:30pm PT
Facebook Event
For further information:
Carrie Herrman - or Sam Mace -
BOISE, ID -Vigil for Idaho's Salmon - 30 Year Anniversary of Endangered Species Listing 
Where: The Capitol Steps   
Hosted by: Idaho Conservation League, Idaho Rivers United, Sierra Club   
When: Nov. 20, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Facebook Event 
For further information:
Abbie Abramovich -
KETCHUM, ID: Vigil for Idaho's Salmon - 30 Year Anniversary of Endangered Species Listing
Ketchum Town Square 480 4th St. E Ketchum, ID 83340
Hosted by: Idaho Conservation League, Idaho Rivers United
When: Nov. 20th 4:00pm - 5:00pm MST
Facebook Event
For further information: 
VANCOUVER, WA: Vigil for endangered Snake River salmon
Where: Vancouver Waterfront Park (12-2 pm) Join fellow Northwesterners to honor the declining keystone species and call on each states' leaders to act in 2022. This educational, family-friendly event will offer fun activities, engaged activists to answer questions, and tips on how to get involved.
Who: Columbia Riverkeeper, Great Old Broads, Backbone Campaign, Sea Shepherd PDX
When: Nov 20, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Action Network Event More information and details.
Facebook Event
For further information:
Amy Morrison - or Krestine Reed -
PORTLAND, OR: Vigil for endangered Snake River salmon
Where: downtown Portland on the corner of Main and Broadway; will feature illuminated props and opportunities to engage!
Who: Columbia Riverkeeper, Great Old Broads, Backbone Campaign
When: Nov 20,  5:00pm - 6:00pm
Facebook Event
For further information:
Amy Morrison - or Krestine Reed -

Backbone Campaign
Columbia Riverkeeper
Endangered Species Coalition
Great Old Broads for Wilderness
Idaho Conservation League
Save Our wild Salmon Coalition
Sea Shepherd - Portland
Sierra Club
Washington Environmental Council & Washington Conservation Voters
Spokane Riverkeeper
Idaho River United
350 Spokane
The Lands Council
Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship



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