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Mike Cronin, NBTU Project Manager, giving a tour of NBTU's work at Devils Gulch to Chris Wood, President and CEO of Trout Unlimited. Work completed with the funding and assistance of California Fish and Wildlife, Patagonia, and the Rockey Foundation.
NBTU hosted its latest Redwood Creek workday on Saturday, February 27th, 2016. Thirteen NBTU volunteers joined with local tutoring company Sage Educators to assemble over 20 small, woody debris bundles which will be installed in the Creek at a later date to provide shelter for juvenile fish. The volunteers finished the day with some light weeding, removing bristly ox tongue around one of the three frog ponds to provide habitat for the endangered California red-legged frog.
Pictures of the progress made at Redwood Creek since 2009 can be found on the National Park Service website (PDF Link). There is also a map showing what the area looked like before the restoration began and what it looks like after (PDF Link). If you are interested in participating in Redwood Creek or other restoration projects, please send an email to Info@NBTU.org.
This year's outing to Manzanita Lake Campground will be over the June 11th & 12th weekend. Manzanita Lake is at the north entrance of Lassen Volcanic National Park and about 4 hours from the Bay Area. There are opportunities for fishing, kayaking, hiking, and sighteseeing. Kayaks may be rented and float tube fishing or small non-motorized boats are a great way to hunt down the brown and rainbow trout.
Camping facilities include tenting, self-contained RV sites, and sleeping cabins near the lake. Cabins are available in Viola (10 minutes from Manzanita Lake). For cabin reservations see http://brokeoffcabins.com/prices.html. NBTU will be hosting a 6:00PM potluck on Saturday, the 11th at campsite C29 (Starn). You bring one item and your drink and we will supply the BBQ meat. Please send dinner reservations to firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can plan dinner. You must RSVP for the dinner. We will send hatch information provided by Fred Mack (camp C41) who will be on hand to assist with fishing. Hatch info will be sent to those who sign up for the BBQ with Starn.
It is imperative that you make reservations for camp sites as soon as possible on line here or call 1-877-444-6777. We'll see you there!
After several years in a row with below average rainfall during the typical coho spawning period, this year has finally delivered some much needed rain. This year the trick has been figuring out the windows for optimal conditions to conduct surveys. Until this past week, these survey windows have only been one or two days long in between storm events. However, even with short survey windows, we were able to document coho spawning in Olema, Redwood, and Cheda Creeks.
So far, monitoring crews have observed an increase in coho activity on Olema and Cheda Creeks when compared to the last time this cohort returned to spawn in 2012-2013. Cheda Creek, a small tributary to Lagunitas Creek, had five coho redds, eight live coho, five coho carcasses and six redds not determined to species. The largest number of salmon spawning was observed on Olema Creek in which 50 coho redds, 85 live coho, 28 coho carcasses, and 30 redds not determined to species. This is the largest coho spawning run observed in Olema Creek for over a decade.
On Saturday, January 23, NBTU volunteers helped plant willow stakes and build and installing willow fascines to help control erosion of sediment into John West Fork Creek in Point Reyes National Seashore. The control of fine sediment is key to successful spawning of endangered coho salmon and threatened steelhead in the creek, a tributary of Olema Creek. Despite the wet and stormy conditions, volunteers helped plant 100 willow stakes and install 56 willow fascines, benefiting John West Fork Creek and about 7 miles of Olema Creek downstream.
Thank you to Jack Barry who organized the volunteers, and to our volunteers, who traveled out to Point Reyes and worked hard on a day of challenging weather!
See below for photos and examples of the work and the effectiveness of willow fascines.
January 15th, 2016 Update
It’s official, in a preliminary, still-need-to-check-our-numbers sort of way…
This year’s coho run is the largest run in nearly a decade! So far this season 269 coho redds have been observed in the watershed, exceeding the total from three years ago. The average going back to 1995 is 250 redds. Plentiful rains have allowed coho to spawn throughout the system, and in fact 2/3 of the spawning this season has occurred in tributary streams. Folks in the San Geronimo Valley haven’t seen this many salmon since the run of 2006.
Surveys this week found 42 new coho redds in Lagunitas Creek, San Geronimo Creek, and Devil’s Gulch. We also saw fewer live fish and a sharp increase in carcasses – a definite sign that the run is coming to an end. Some fresh fish are still making their way upstream, so there’s still time to see some salmon spawning before the run comes to an end later this month.
See the recent history of the watershed's redds here.
First Adult Release December 2015
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