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Published on Jul 25, 2016
America has more than 560 wildlife refuges. Most of them are what you’d expect: remote, untrammeled places where humans are visitors.
But a small number of wildlife refuges are located in the midst of some of the country’s most densely populated places. They are natural areas carved from urban areas where animals and plants can thrive right next to us. One of the first of these urban fish and wildlife refuges is in the sprawl of suburbia east of Seattle: the Lake Sammamish Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership.
More than 20 percent of Washington’s population lives in the lake’s watershed. The wildlife refuge may never have happened if it weren’t for another inhabitant: a little red fish called a kokanee.
CREDITS: Produced by Nils Cowan Editing by Nils Cowan, Katie Campbell Photography by Marc Pingry Graphics by Madeleine Pisaneschi Sound recording by Leah Trangen Additional footage: King County Dept. of Natural Resources and Parks Music: Firstcom