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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.
NBTU hosted its third 2015 Redwood Creek workday on Saturday, May 16th. Twelve volunteers installed 18 fence enclosures and seven wire cages to protect the young willows on the Redwood Creek flood plane from foraging deer. 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 – May 16, 2015
NBTU was present at the release of 2,000 Chinook salmon brought from the Feather River to Blackie’s Pasture on San Francisco Bay by students from Casa Grande High School. NBTU volunteers staffed an informational booth that included an aquarium with rainbow trout and provided casting instruction to children and young adults. Live music and a barbecue was enjoyed by all.
This year's outing to Manzanita Lake Campground will be over the June 6th & 7th 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 rainbow trout.
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
Michael Reichmuth, fishery biologist for the National Park Service, provided the following spawning summary in April for the 2014/2015 year:
This year, winter arrived early and ended abruptly leaving us with below average rainfall thus far. However, even with the unusual rain patterns, coho and steelhead successfully spawned in both Redwood and Olema Creeks. There is still plenty of time for steelhead spawning since we have observed spawning as late as May in previous years. The coho returns observed this past winter were very similar to the counts from the last generation of this cohort. Although we did not observe a decline in adult coho returns, adult coho abundance remains critically low in both Olema and Redwood Creek. On Pine Gulch Creek, coho remain absent making this the sixth consecutive year since they were observed in the watershed.
Follow the link provided below if you are interested in viewing a summary of our 2014-2015 spawner survey results.
What’s Happening Now – Coho and Steelhead smolts are migrating out
Although the coho spawning season has passed, the coho smolt trapping season is already underway. This smolt trapping season has been busy, especially for
This in from Eric Ettlinger, Aquatic Ecologist with the Marin Municipal Water District:
The final update on Lagunitas Creek coho for the 2014-15 season is somewhat overdue because of some unusually late spawners. Last week we observed eight fresh coho in Lagunitas Creek, which is exceptionally late for a run that peaked in mid-December. Coho are typically seen spawning in February only when the rainy season is delayed, like last year. Given this year’s early rains the best explanation I have for the extended run is that the parents of these fish may have been late spawners. Back in 2012 the last coho of the season were seen spawning on Valentine’s Day.
First Cast 2014
This year’s First Cast Day, NBTU’s 13th 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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