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This just in from Michael Reichmuth, Fishery Biologist with the National Parks Service:
For those of you interested in a summary of our 2014 smolt trapping operations I have provided a link below to a short summary of the information collected during the trapping season.
In general this spring started out wet but dried out quickly with only one storm that caused a disruption in our trapping operations. Coho smolt production increased on Olema Creek when compared with the previous time this cohort was seen while smolt production decreased on Redwood Creek.
Follow the link provided below if you are interested in viewing a summary of our preliminary spring 2014 coho smolt trapping results.
NBTU hosted its most recent workday on Saturday, June 28th. Thirteen volunteers, including a couple of new faces, spent the morning removing non-native plants (weeds) around Redwood Creek. Some of the weeds were the size of small trees requiring the use of a special weeding tool (see pictures below). We filled 33 bags or enough to fill the pick-up truck twice over! If you are interested in participating in Redwood Creek or other restoration projects, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
FUN AT MANZANITA LAKE!
Fourteen members fished, hiked and ate at the latest NBTU outing over the June 21st weekend. The weather was beautiful and there were plenty of bugs for the fishermen. Saturday and Sunday provided us with a terrific Callibaetis hatch from 12 until 3 PM with a mix of damsel flies. Fish were also caught with beetle, Alderfly and Motorboat caddis patterns. The BBQ featured chicken, tri-tip, Settler's beans, lasagne casserole, hors d'oeveres, libations and wonderful conversation. The usual show of Osprey diving for fish, a Bald Eagle and, of course, the multitude of bats during the evening caddis extravaganza - two of which were caught and released!
June 18, 2014 by thinkbluemarin
by Eric Ettlinger
Salmon in California have evolved to follow the seasonal rhythms of wet and dry periods as they migrate between their natal streams and the ocean, and then back again. The fall rains that swell Lagunitas Creek and herald the return of adult salmon to Marin County also encourage young coho salmon to begin their downstream journey to the ocean. In normal years, winter is the time when many of these young salmon migrate from headwater tributaries down to lower Lagunitas Creek, where they transform into silver smolts in preparation for the ocean phase of their life cycle. These smolts wait in the lower creek until April and May before entering the ocean, just in time to take advantage of the spring plankton bloom.
After years of concerted effort and leadership by our very own Brian Johnson, as well as his predecessor Chuck Bonham, with many setbacks along the way, and bedeviled by drought, total water cut-offs, massive salmon kills, and Siskiyou County’s unique view of the world, we finally reached a long-dreamed-of milestone on the Klamath River.
Recently, four members of the U.S. Senate introduced legislation that will authorize and pay for key elements of the three formal agreements now in place between Klamath Basin water users, Tribes, farmers and ranchers, a major utility, conservation groups, local and state governments, and resource management agencies. These agreements collectively resolve virtually all of the issues (including water sharing, listed species recovery, commercial and sport fishing, hydropower operations and infrastructure, river management, Tribal rights, wildlife refuge needs, and irrigation requirements) that have undermined a comprehensive solution for the Klamath for decades.
Michael Reichmuth, a fisheries biologist with the National Parks Service, sent out an email with the final results of the 2013-2014 spawning survey on a number of creeks in Marin, including Rewood Creek. We are reproducing it below with his permission.
Looking Back – Coho and Steelhead Spawning Summary
Although winter seemed to arrive late this year, coho and steelhead successfully spawned in both Redwood and Olema Creeks. Given that significant rainfall did not arrive until mid-February, it was pleasantly surprising to see so many returning coho salmon. In most years peak coho and steelhead spawning are separated by at least one month, with coho typically spawning in December and January and steelhead spawning from late January through the spring, but this year both coho and steelhead returned at the same time. In some locations both coho and steelhead adults were seen spawning side by side. On one survey on Olema Creek, crews observed a total of 95 adult coho and steelhead. In total, 29 coho redds and 42 steelhead redds were observed on Olema Creek, and five coho redds and nine steelhead redds were counted on Redwood Creek. This represents an increase in the number of adult coho spawners compared to the last time we observed this cohort during the winter of 2010-2011. On Olema Creek, steelhead redd counts were higher than past observations and there is still plenty of time for steelhead spawning, as they will often spawn through April, and sometimes as late as May.
Follow the link provided below if you are interested in viewing a summary of our 2013-2014 spawner survey results. 2013-2014 Coho and Steelhead Spawner Survey Summary
North Bay TU received word this week that it has been awarded a grant by the CA Department of Fish & Wildlife to install large wood at eight sites in Devil's Gulch Creek, a tributary to Lagunitas Creek. This will provide improved habitat for the endangered Coho salmon as well as threatened steelhead trout. The work will be completed this summer and will include assistance from NBTU volunteers like you. Thanks for all you do for the fish!
TROUT IN THE CLASSROOM 2014
"When will the eggs arrive?"
"When will they hatch?"
"Can I take a fish home?"
"How do you tell if they are boy or girl fish?"
These are some of the questions which were asked by students across Marin and in San Francisco. The focus of their thinking is a natural part of Trout in the Classroom. NBTU sponsored 75 classrooms which studied the many and varied aspects of trout and salmon and where and how they live.
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