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NBTU hosted its most recent workday on Saturday, April 12th. Nine volunteers spent the morning installing 22 small woody debris bundles in Redwood Creek to provide cover for Coho salmon and steelhead smolts. Several smolt were spotted by volunteers. If you are interested in participating in Redwood Creek or other restoration projects, please send an email to email@example.com.
This year's outing to Manzanita Lake Campground will be over the June21st weekend. Manzanita Lake is at the north entrance of Lassen Volcanic National Park and about 4 hrs. 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
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
TU California has released its Quarterly News Dispatch for the winter of 2013-2014. It is a quarterly summary of Trout Unlimited’s program (staff) work in California covering its five programs (Water, Science. Public Lands, North Coast Coho and Coastal Streamflow Restoration). A copy of the report in PDF format can be downloaded from this Webpage on the TU California website.
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 will be asked by students across Marin and in San Francisco. The focus of their thinking is a natural part of Trout in the Classroom. NBTU will be sponsoring 75 classrooms which will study the many and varied aspects of trout and salmon and where and how they live.
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.
We dedicate ourselves to presenting timely and informative news concerning local conservation, restoration and related topics. We also organize various outings, educational programs, and conservation work. So, be sure to sign up for our email list to receive updates on our many activities under Contact Us.
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