Jenny and the Coho: Protecting the Last Wild Salmon Run in the San Juan Islands

In this conservation success story, you will learn about Jenny DeGroot, and the path she has taken to become singularly focused on protecting a pristine watershed. The story is about a stunningly beautiful mountain stream within the Salish Sea. And it is about a dedicated woman whose deep understanding of freshwater biology combines with passion as she advocates for coexistence with nature.

  • Michael Noonan
    Through Her Eyes: The Science and Beauty of Inter-Tidal Life in the Salish Sea
  • Jenny DeGroot
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Nature Documentary
  • Runtime:
    17 minutes 19 seconds
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Shooting Format:
    4K video
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Director Biography - Michael Noonan

Michael Noonan, PhD, is a retired professor of biology whose past research focused on neuroscience and animal behavior. As a film maker, he strives to inspire the next generation with visions of the natural world so that they become passionate about wildlife conservation.

Previous films include
Elephas Maximus: The Biology and Conservation of the Asian Elephant (Animal Behavior Society Film of the Year - 2005)
The Ice Whale: The Behavioral Biology of the Beluga (Animal Behavior Society Film of the Year - 2018)

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Director Statement

We can all take inspiration from Jenny DeGroot. This story is a great example of how one person can make a difference in this world.

More broadly, however, recognition should go to the San Juan County Land Bank. Behind the scenes, it is the Land Bank that manages the Cascade Creek Coho Preserve, and thus it is the Land Bank that enables Jenny to do the work that she does. Moreover, this is just one of many preservation efforts that the Land Bank has underway. Conservation success stories is their line of work!