SPAWNING SALMON ON A
NATURALIST LED CREEK WALK
Spawning salmon have been spotted all of December 2004 in the Lagunitas Watershed in West Marin County.
The public is invited to come on a creek walk with one of SPAWN's
Creek Naturalists to view spawning salmon. Visitors will learn
about the fascinating life history of endangered salmon, the stream
ecosystem, and the impacts that this and other species face in
the Lagunitas Watershed.
2 TOURS DAILY ON WEEKENDS - Saturday
and Sunday at 10 am and 1 pm, from November 20th through January 16th.
WINTER BREAK - There will also be tours at 10am and 1pm Monday December 27th through Thursday December 30th.
**YOU MUST CALL BETWEEN 9 AND
5 MONDAY - FRIDAY ONLY
TO RESERVE A SPACE**
Participants will meet in
the San Geronimo Valley Cultural Center Parking Lot, 6350
Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, San Geronimo
(approximately 5 mi. west of
Fairfax on Sir Francis Drake Blvd.) and then carpool to various
sites to look for salmon.
Tours will proceed rain or
Warm Clothes, Galoshes or
boots and bring rain gear.
If you wish, bring binoculars,
camera and a snack/drink.
MEMBERS - FREE
(membership is only $25 and includes 4 free creek walks)
NON-MEMBERS - $2 (KIDS); $4 (ADULTS)
NO ONE TURNED AWAY FOR LACK OF
Coho salmon, a threatened species,
are the most abundant salmon species spawning in the Lagunitas
watershed. Yet populations are down 90% from historic numbers.
The two to three foot fish leave the ocean and travel miles
up local streams to lay their eggs. The Lagunitas Watershed,
located in West Marin County is reported to have one of the
largest populations of wild coho left in California. A number
of sites in the watershed will be visited.
New naturalists training in the field
A VOLUNTEER NATURALIST
about the Coho Salmon’s Life History
and How to Share Your Knowledge with others!
Join this highly successful program
that has allowed hundreds of people to marvel at the magnificent
return of the coho salmon to the Lagunitas Watershed in Marin County.
Through a training session of two evening seminars, readings from
a specially prepared workbook and 2 field trainings, participants
will learn about the natural history of coho salmon, steelhead trout
and other species in the Lagunitas Watershed and the threats to
these species and their critical habitat. Participants will also
learn the fundamentals of the art of “nature interpretation”
and will become equipped to share their newfound knowledge with
The season runs November- January,
when participants will lead creek walks to view spawning and migrating
salmon in the San Geronimo Valley, West Marin County, CA and/or
occupy viewing stations to share information with the public and/or
classes of students. There is a $50 fee for the class but if naturalists
devote 12 hours to educating the public through the program they
will receive a $25 stipend at the end of the season.
The training will entail the following classes in October and November
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 7-9 pm
Wednesday, Nov 5, 7-9 pm
Sunday, October 26, 2003 9–1:30
pm/ 2-4 Creek Restoration Project
Sunday, November 16, 2003 9–4:30
Trainings will meet at the San Geronimo Valley Cultural Center at
6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., (5 miles west of Fairfax)
Apply for the Fall 2003 training now! Call Reuven Walder at SPAWN
488-0370 x 102 or email:
Brochure and Map Detailing
Where to See Salmon in Marin Now Available
Fish Protectors Include Tips on How to View Salmon
Without Disturbing Them
Forest Knolls, Marin County - Today,
the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network, better known as SPAWN,
announced the release of a new educational brochure that shows
the interested public the best places to view threatened coho
salmon and steelhead trout.
The brochure provides a map detailing
the best sites to view salmon, provides directions and descriptions
of four viewing areas, information on how to identify salmon and
steelhead, and recommended viewing tips to ensure the protection
of these magnificent creatures.
“Once the first heavy winter
rains come, we can expect to begin seeing coho,” said Reuven
Walder, Watershed Biologist with SPAWN. “This brochure will
not only show people where to see salmon, but also provides proper
etiquette on how to view them responsibly.”
Endangered coho salmon and steelhead
trout populations are down by 90% in the Lagunitas Creek Watershed
in West Marin. They enter Lagunitas Creek, San Geronimo Creek,
and several tributaries through Tomales Bay to spawn after the
first heavy rains of the fall in the Lagunitas Creek Watershed
and enter Redwood Creek (Muir Woods) directly from the Pacific
Ocean. Fish have been sighted from September to January, with
spawning normally peaking in December in the Lagunitas Watershed.
Steelhead trout spawn later, usually from December to February.
“We hope viewing the salmon
will encourage more people to volunteer their time and resources
to protecting these magnificent creatures. Volunteers, from all
walks of life, are the heart of our conservation efforts,”
added Walder. In fact, the new brochure was designed for free
by Marin County-based graphic designer Steven Lyons.
The Salmon and Watershed Protection
Network is a non-profit organization that works to protect endangered
coho salmon, steelhead trout, and the creeks in the Lagunitas
Watershed through education, restoration, advocacy, strategic
litigation, and monitoring. SPAWN offers naturalist-led creek
walks, sponsors forums, and publishes a newsletter. SPAWN also
trains volunteer StreamKeepers to conduct spawning salmon surveys,
monitor water quality, and lead fish rescue and relocation. SPAWN
is supported by tax-deductible contributions by individuals and
To receive a free brochure, send
a self-addressed stamped envelope to SPAWN, PO Box 400, Forest
Knolls, CA 94933.
To learn more:
call the Salmon Phone Hotline (415) 663-8590
for up-to-date information on best places to see salmon on weekly
attend a naturalist-led creek walk to see
spawning salmon. To get information on these walks, send an
email message to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 415 488 0370 ext.
SALMON PROTECTION AND WATERSHED NETWORK a
project of Turtle
Island Restoration Network PO Box 370, Forest Knolls, CA
(415) 663-8590 Fax: (415) 663-9534 Email: