November 9 & 10 - Creekwalk Naturalist Training
No experience is necessary. Space is limited, sign up early!
The 2013 SPAWN Creekwalk Naturalist Training is offered as "California Naturalist Advanced Training - Coho Conservation Interpretation" through our partners at the University of California Cooperative Extension.
Join us Saturday & Sunday from 9:00am - 4:00pm each day, November 9 & 10, 2013, for an unforgettable experience.
Click here for secure online registration. For questions contact Dr. Chris Pincetich, email@example.com, 415-663-8590 x102.
We'll train you during two days, each lasting approximately 7-hours, all about the biology, ecology, and conservation challenges of endangered coho salmon in the Lagunitas Creek. Additional take-home training manuals and pairing with our experienced naturalists will give you the additional information and confidence needed to lead your own SPAWN Creekwalk!
Click here for secure online registration to the 2013 Creekwalk Naturalist Training.
The field training days will teach you to recognize a salmon redd (nest), differentiate the four salmonid species that spawn in the creek, and the basics of transmitting your knowledge and passion to to our salmon viewing guests. You'll visit each of our most popular salmon-viewing sites, and discover the secrets of where the wily spawners "hide," and where they do their most exciting leaps over natural and man-made barriers.
The training manual, available online as a PDF or printed during the class, contains all the information you need to get started leading Creekwalks. It has a "10-things-to-know-for-your-first-Creekwalk" checklist, life-cycle charts for each of the 4 salmonid species, checklist of most common birds seen in the watershed and how to identify them, and riparian habitat plant identification guide.
Once you've completed the training program, you'll be paired up with an experienced naturalist as an apprentice for the first few Creekwalk tours. You'll have plenty of opportunity to gain experience and ask questions before you lead your first solo walk. If we have enough naturalists participating, we'll provide two naturalist leaders for each salmon tour. Creekwalks are at 10AM and 1PM on Saturdays and Sundays, and on weekdays as scheduled when naturalists are available.
Why do we lead these walks? Here are some quotations from our wonderful creek naturalists.
I love leading creek walks because there is nothing more exciting than putting a pair of binoculars up to the eyes of a person who is gazingly blankly at the creek and hearing them say "Oh my!!!" I love leading creek walks because I adore the salmon soap opera, seeing the flashing fish in the roiling water, males muscling and bumping each other out of the genetic stream, females toiling on their nests until their flesh falls from their bones --- and I love to see people get excited what they realize what they are seeing. I love to get people so interested about the great struggle of these endangered animals that they stay out in the pouring rain for three hours and consider it a well-spent day. And I love an excuse and a reason to be out in the watershed, under the deep grey sky and the mighty trees, held in the arms of nature, every chance I get.
I enjoy being out in nature. I enjoy showing people things like the salmon, the trout, slender salamanders and California newts. I enjoy educating people about those creatures."
Noah Lani Litwin Sella
"The Naturalist Program allows me to interpret the natural world and help guests find a connection to nature that encourages them to feel part of the world instead of just living on it."