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Beginning September 14th, NBTU-assigned volunteers will assist in moving fish out of the first of eight sites marked for large woody debris installations as well as installing barriers so that the fish are unable to return to the area while the work is being completed. The fry will be moved to nearby pools while the project contractor (Dragonfly Stream Restoration) completes the installations. This project will run through the first of October with volunteers moving fish as the work progresses from site-to-site. These eight woody debris installations will benefit Coho salmon and steelhead fry by providing a safer habitat before making their initial trip to the ocean and will provide resting places for returning adult fish on their way upstream to spawn. Please go to https://vimeo.com/103375891 to learn why large woody debris is so important
Our Trout in the Classroom (“TIC”) program, operated in conjunction with California Department of Fish and Wildlife (“CDFW”), is about to ramp up for this coming school year. This watershed aquatic education program focuses on trout, how and where they live, adaptations and anatomy, life cycles, and life in the riparian zones. The flagship of TIC is the raising of baby trout in the classroom from eggs to young fish (fry) that will be released into the Lagunitas Watershed. Teachers are now reapplying for the program or signing up to join the program. If you know a teacher who may be interested in becoming part of TIC, have them contact Ethan Rotman at CDFW (ETHAN.ROTMAN@wildlife.ca.gov) as soon as possible so they can be added to his notification list.
Also, we can always use a few more volunteers to assist teachers and classes in learning more about trout. The commitment is short-term and is coordinated between the volunteer and the teacher. Contact Chuck Schultz at firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-472-5837 for more information.
NBTU hosted its fourth 2015 Redwood Creek workday on Saturday, August 8th. Seven volunteers spent the morning repositioning and maintaining the “Coho Cabanas” which provide shelter for coho and stealhead fry and smolts. The group then switched to some “heavy weeding”, removing invasive Tall Fescue along the Creek. 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 will look 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.
Redwood Creek Workday - August 8, 2015
We would like to welcome the Trout Unlimited members that were recently added to the North Bay Chapter. TU has realigned chapter boundaries so that all TU members in California are now part of one of the eleven local chapters. The North Bay Chapter includes San Francisco and much of the East Bay, in addition to the North Bay. Those new NBTU members with email addresses registered with TU National have been added to our general email list. You should have received an email welcoming you to the chapter earlier this month. If you would like to be added to the general email list or are not sure if you have been added, please send an email to info@NBTU.org.
More than 2,700 fertilized trout eggs were delivered to classrooms in late February. Students observe the eggs, watch them hatch and follow their development as the fish become free swimming fry. After about five weeks, the fish are released under the provisions of the CDFW issued permit. Today, using rainbow trout, the program serves 78 classrooms across Marin County, impacting more than 1,600 students from preschool through 8th grade.
Click on this link Trout in the Classroom 2015 or the picture below to access a video created by Ed Dudkowski on the NBTU Trout in the Classroom program. Click Here to read a story by the Marin Independent Journal and Here for a segment that appeared on KTVU on TIC in 2015. If you are interested in becoming a "coach" for a local classroom, please contact us at info@NBTU.org. We need your help.
We received the following email from Mary Jane Burke, the Marin County Superintendent of Schools
Ed and All My Friends with the Trout in the Classroom Program--
This video says it all. To see the wonder, amazement and joy on the faces of the children as they participate in the program is priceless. The information they are absorbing is obvious and their interest in learning is evidenced by their enthusiastic questions and the level of "excited noise" the program evokes. It is truly a wonderful example of how effective "hands-on-learning" can be. Thank you for allowing me to say a few words of support on the video. Thank you for all of the hard work you each of you do to make the program possible. Most of all, thank you for caring about our children and helping them to learn how precious and fragile our environment is and how interrelated we are with our natural surroundings. Know that you have my continuing support in any way possible. I look forward to the 2016 version of the program. You are great partners In public education. It is an honor to work with you.
Mary Jane Burke
Marin County Superintendent of Schools
First Cast 2014
This year’s First Cast Day, NBTU’s 14th annual, was held at the Marin Civic Center Lagoon in San Rafael on Sep 21, and represents one of the most successful youth introductory fly fishing programs in the nation. Co-sponsored by Fish First Fly Shop in Albany and the French Cheese Factory on the Petaluma-Pt Reyes Rd., this year’s event had 114 participants, including 42 youth between 8-15 years of age.
The North Bay Chapter is a non-profit organization serving anglers and environmentally conscious friends in an ongoing effort to fulfill the mission of Trout Unlimited:
... to conserve, protect and restore North America's trout and salmon fisheries and their watersheds.
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