See Coho Salmon come up Lagunitas Creek Watershed, Marin County!
The endangered Salmon Run has begun. The numbers are better than than last year, but still low. Hurry, and come see the Coho Salmon from Alaska make their way up the creeks of West Marin's Lagunitas Watershed.
Naturalist-Led Creek Walks to View Spawning Salmon.
Winter in the Lagunitas Watershed is the most spectacular season for salmon viewing. Join Spawn's experienced naturalists on Lagunitas Creeks. Learn about salmon ecology while observing them in the wild, and learn how you can help preserve and restore these magnificent creatures for future generations.
***RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED: PLEASE CLICK HERE for trip info and to make your reservation.
Endangered coho return to Lagunitas Creek to spawn.
Coho salmon are the most abundant salmon species spawning in the Lagunitas watershed. Yet populations are down 90% from historic levels in the 1940s. The Lagunitas Watershed, located in West Marin County is reported to have one of the largest populations of wild coho left in California yet the population is listed as endangered at both the State and Federal level.
Where to See Salmon
Spawn has created a brochure you can download which outlines the best places to see spawning in the watershed as well as proper salmon viewing etiquette, click "Here" for brochure.
Salmon Protection and Watershed Network
If you'd like to see the returning salmon
for yourself, join one of SPAWN's weekly naturalist-led creek walks, which run
from November through February on Lagunitas Creek (www.spawnusa.org
, or (415)488-1090). Or volunteer to be a member of the Coho and Steelhead Restoration Project's
"Stream Team," which helps with spawner counts and creek restoration efforts. (Contact Kacy Kobrin at (415) 663-8522 ext. 286 or firstname.lastname@example.org
HELP US SAVE MARIN'S WILD COHO SALMON!
- MAKE AN ON-LINE DEDUCTIBLE CONTRIBUTION TO SPAWN to support the campaign to Save Marin's Coho Salmon- Click HERE
CLICK HERE FOR RECENT SALMONID RESCUE UPDATES
SPAWN is a program of the Turtle Island Restoration Network, and for the fourth consecutive year has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America's largest independent evaluator of charities. Receiving four
out of a possible four stars is the highest rating possible and indicates that SPAWN excels, as compared to other charities in America, in successfully managing the finances in an efficient and effective manner.
Count me in! I want to support SPAWN's programs to save the coho and steelhead and protect our creek systems.
TO BECOME A MEMBER OF SPAWN (or give a gift membership), MAKE A TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATION ONLINE CLICK HERE
- $250 - Champion
- $100 - Sustainer
- $50 - Household
- $35 - Regular
- $15 - Student/low income
SALMON and TROUT ACTION RESPONSE SUPPORTERS :
Want to provide more help to SPAWN? You can help us throughout the year through affordable monthly automatic gifts. Your monthly gift of as little as $5 each month will make the difference. You may change your gift amount or end your automatic contribution at any time. Joining is simple -- To authorize SPAWN to make a monthly credit card charge or automatic funds transfer from your checking account, call 415-488-0370 ×101 or 1-800-659-SAVE any time for more information.
If you prefer to make a donation by mail:
Forest Knolls, CA
Tel: 415.488.0370 ×102
By Email: Spawn@SpawnUSA.org
TO BECOME A MEMBER OF SPAWN AND MAKE A SECURE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATION ONLINE click here
Make A Lasting Gift to Help the Salmon Survive
See "Friends of the Corte Madera Creek" watershed website for more info:
Coho salmon sightings in winter were quite common up to the 1970s, when degradation of its habitat ended spawning runs; in some years during the 1950s spawning fish were so plentiful on the Drake High School campus that students could gather them up. Unlike coho and Chinook salmon, steelhead survive spawning, returning immediately to the ocean, so are not often seen as adults. However summer surveys of pools continue to record them in fair numbers, especially in upper San Anselmo and Cascade creeks in Fairfax. Among the many consequences of urbanization that have diminished the steelhead run, the construction of the mile-long concrete channel in Ross and Kentfield was the most dramatic: in 1971, immediately after the channel's completion, steelhead was still the dominant species by number in Ross, while surveys conducted in 1973-1975 showed that it had been relegated to a minor species. Steelhead is classified as a threatened species under the federal Endangered Species Act, and this status provides leverage for improving creek habitat in our watershed, to the benefit of all species. (Some members of the species O. mykiss, the same species as steelhead, spend their entire lives in freshwater, in which case they are called rainbow trout. It is possible that some of the adult fish found in Corte Madera Creek watershed are rainbow trout.)
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