June Newsletter

In May, the SPAWN team received the exciting news that we were one of 38 groups in the state to receive funding for the next part our floodplain restoration project along Lagunitas Creek. We're so pleased with the results of Phase 1 and are excited to apply what we've learned to Phase 2. We can't thank you enough for your support as we prepare for the next chapter of restoring the historic floodplains that once provided vital refuge for the now dwindling populations of endangered Coho salmon and other wildlife. 

WATCH: Lagunitas Creek Restoration by SPAWN

recently released video produced by SPAWN volunteer Lori Eanes highlights our largest habitat restoration project to date. The first phase of the project saw the removal of 20 million pounds of soil to recreate floodplains that are critical to the survival of endangered Coho salmon in Marin County, California. If you volunteered with us recently you might be able to spot yourself!

SPAWN Wins State Grant to Help Improve Salmon Habitat on National Park Lands

SPAWN was awarded a competitive grant to improve habitat for endangered salmon on Golden Gate National Recreation Area lands along Lagunitas Creek. The award, totaling $593,040, was one of 38 grants awarded statewide, and the only grant awarded for work in Marin County for multi-benefit ecosystem restoration and protection projects under California Department of Fish and Wildlife Proposition 1 and Proposition 68 grant programs.

Late Rains Send Young Coho to Side Channels

Our new side channels provided important refuge areas for young Coho through the high amount of rainfall we saw last month. Measurements that were taken late May show flow rates in the side channels were up to seven times slower than the main stem of Lagunitas Creek! Slow-moving water provides safe refuge for young salmon. To get weekly updates on how our side-channels are holding up, we recommend following SPAWN's Facebook

Marching for Marine Wildlife at Fairfax Festival

On World Oceans Day in early June, SPAWN staff, interns, and volunteers joined a parade in Fairfax, California during the 47th annual Fairfax Festival. We walked in support of our local wildlife and our current campaign to end the driftnet fishery in federal waters. Thank you to our staff, interns, volunteers and supporters who joined us in spreading the salmon love and sharing information on the endangered Coho salmon that inhabit our creeks, our restoration project on Lagunitas Creek, and the myriad of other marine species we’re protecting around the world.

Volunteer Dean Hanson, left, helps leads SPAWN staff on a bird survey in Olema, California.

Volunteer Spotlight: Dean Hanson

Our volunteers are an integral part of the work we do here at SPAWN, and we’d like to take the time to highlight their contributions. For this month, we’re focusing on Dean Hanson! Dean has recently helped lead a number of bird survey walks, sharing his wealth of knowledge with the SPAWN staff and volunteers. He has also built several rat exclosure cages for our native plant nursery, allowing us to protect our newly sprouted seedlings! Thank you, Dean, for your continued help and support.

Help us Restore Salmon Habitat on June 22!

Help the SPAWN team plant native plants and trees at our restoration site in Olema on Saturday, June 22 from 10am-2pm. All tools and equipment will be provided, as well as coffee and snacks. Please bring your own water bottle and dress appropriately for weather in clothes you don't mind getting dirty. If you are interested in helping us plant, please RSVP to Preston at preston@seaturtles.org.

Lawsuit Challenges Trump Permits for Longline Fishery Off California Coast

The Center for Biological Diversity and Turtle Island Restoration Network sued the Trump administration in June for permitting a new longline fishery in the Pacific Ocean. The fishery, authorized in May by the National Marine Fisheries Service, would operate off California despite a federal ban on longline gear created in 2004 to protect sea turtles. Longlines stretch up to 60 miles, with 1,000 hooks intended to catch swordfish and tuna. This fishing will threaten endangered leatherback sea turtles, as well as olive ridley and loggerhead sea turtles and Guadalupe fur seals.

Adopt a Redwood: A Graduation Gift

Congratulate your graduating student by adopting a redwood in their honor. In addition to making a unique gift, your contribution will sequester carbon and restore habitat where ancient redwood forests once grew. Redwood trees store more carbon per hectare than any other tree on Earth, making them a key player in mitigating climate change. Unfortunately, due to overharvesting, only five percent of the original old-growth coast redwood trees remain. Your adoption directly engages in the climate change challenge through the simple act of planting trees to sequester carbon, and allows us to restore and protect these ancient species.

Photo of the Month: Singing Spotted Towhee

Our floodplain restoration project in Olema is teeming with wildlife, and we want to share what we've been seeing! Outreach Coordinator Harry McGrath captured this Spotted Towhee during a bird walk with fellow SPAWNers in May. Early in the breeding season, male Spotted Towhees (Pipilo maculatus) spend their mornings singing their hearts out, trying to attract a mate. Male towhees have been recorded spending 70 percent to 90 percent of their mornings singing, and almost as soon as they attract a mate they spend only about 5 percent of their time singing. For more wildlife shots, follow SPAWN on Facebook

Upcoming Events

SPAWN offers many opportunities for individuals and groups to help with protecting endangered Coho salmon in the San Francisco Bay Area. Please join us!

  • Every Thursday: Broom Service Volunteer Day. Help eradicate the invasive broom in West Marin with the local group Broom Service. All ages and ability welcome. Tools provided but bring appropriate clothes, water, and some snacks. Contact Mel at mel@seaturtles.org or (415) 488-5900 for more details and to RSVP.
  • Every Friday: Nursery Volunteer Day. Join our walk-in Nursery Days at our Native Plant Nursery in Olema! Every Friday from 10am - 1pm SPAWN staff, interns, volunteers, and local community members help sow and tend native plants ranging from ferns to redwoods. The native plants we tend will be used for local stream restoration projects. For questions or to RSVP, contact Audrey at audrey@seaturtles.org.
  • ​​Saturday, June 22: Habitat Restoration Day. Help the SPAWN team plant native plants and trees at our habitat restoration site in Olema from 10am-2pm. All tools and equipment will be provided, as well as coffee and snacks. Please bring your own water bottle and dress appropriately for weather in clothes you don't mind getting dirty. If you are interested in helping us plant, please RSVP to Preston at preston@seaturtles.org.

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Salmon Protection And Watershed Network
A program of Turtle Island Restoration Network
PO Box 370, Forest Knolls, CA 94933

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