Salmon migration in full swing © Yva Momatiuk and John Eastcott/Minden Pictures
If you live in the Pacific Northwest, you may get a chance to view migrating salmon this fall. For the sockeye salmon shown here, the epic journey takes them from the waters of the Pacific Ocean back to the freshwater lakes and streams where they were born. There they’ll spawn, their bodies turning from a silvery blue to crimson and changing shape in the process. This isn’t always an easy journey. Dams and other human interventions have affected salmon runs, and West Coast salmon numbers have been in decline. We’re fans of groups like Long Live the Kings, a Pacific Northwest nonprofit that’s helping rebuild salmon populations and protect their habitat—for the long run.