Your monthly update from SPAWN

December Newsletter

From completing our largest habitat restoration project yet to welcoming several new faces to our team, SPAWN is ending 2019 with full speed ahead. With you by our side, we will continue to be a powerful voice on the front lines for marine wildlife and the habitats that matter most. Thank you for being an important part of our network!

Patagonia is Still Matching Donations to SPAWN

When you donate to SPAWN through Patagonia Action Works from now until December 31, Patagonia will match all donations until they’ve reached a maximum match of $10,000,000! Like you, Patagonia knows it is up to us to create long-lasting, positive change for salmon and the creeks that sustain them. This matching opportunity propels us into the new year with much-needed conservation funding for endangered species. You can also make a donation on behalf of a loved one—a unique and sustainable gift. 

2019-20 Creekwalk Tour Schedule Announced

Each winter, SPAWN offers the Bay Area community the chance to experience one of Marin County’s most magnificent natural phenomena: the local population of endangered coho salmon returning from the ocean to spawn. Join us for this winter’s leisurely Coho Salmon Creekwalk Tours of the Lagunitas Creek Watershed in Samuel P. Taylor State Park, home to the largest remaining run of wild Central California Coast Coho. Led by trained naturalists, you’ll witness endangered coho salmon at the peak of their spawning season, learn about native plants and animals, discover the history of the watershed, and anything encountered along the way!

SPAWN to Offer California Naturalist Program

We're excited to offer the California Naturalist certification course to the San Francisco Bay Area! We will be holding our course over six weeks beginning on Tuesday, February 11 at our headquarters in Lagunitas. Over six weeks, ten different guest lecturers will share knowledge from their area of expertise with the class. Participants will explore the redwood forests, oak woodlands, and marine tidal zones of Marin County, California. We will cover topics including the natural and cultural history of California, the living and non-living elements of Marin’s ecosystems, as well as the role of citizen science and traditional ecological knowledge in environmental stewardship. 

Volunteers Needed to Plant Redwoods This Winter

Our first restoration day of the season was a huge success! Thank you to all the volunteers who helped us plant redwood trees, buckeyes, and native grasses. We got a huge number of plants in the ground and it was great to see so many people out there. If you’d like to help plant redwoods and other native plants on our recently completed floodplain restoration project, join us for our upcoming restoration and planting days: December 14, January 11, and January 28. View our upcoming planting events by clicking here.

[VIDEO] Salmon Return to Marin County Creeks

SPAWN observed adult salmon in Marin County’s Samuel P. Taylor State Park late November, marking the start of the spawning season for California’s salmon that are listed under the U.S. Endangered Species Act! Following the first hard rainfall each winter, streams start to swell and wild salmon begin their homeward migration, swimming hundreds of miles from their ocean feeding grounds to return to their birthplace and continue the survival of their species. Click here to watch a video of threatened Chinook salmon in Lagunitas Creek

Save Baby Salmon - Adopt a Redd!

SPAWN is excited to announce a new way to help protect endangered spawning coho salmon and their eggs: Adopt a Redd! The most critical time for the survival and recovery of endangered coho salmon is when the species emerge from their nests, known as redds. When these baby fish hatch, they’re only one and a quarter inches long and they live in streams for a year and a half before they go out to the ocean. By adopting a redd, your contribution will support habitat restoration and revegetation projects that ensure redds are safe and juvenile salmon have access to clean, slow-moving water with plenty of nourishing food as they grow into adults.

Council Votes Against New Calif. Longline Fishery

We won! Because of you, the agency responsible for proposing fishery regulations in U.S. waters voted to NOT open a new longline fishery in the Pacific Ocean. This is a big win for our oceans and all marine wildlife, and it was not possible without your support! We attended the Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting in Costa Mesa, California — where your government considered opening a new longline fishery in the Pacific Ocean. We stood proudly with environmental activists, eco-tourists, recreational fishermen, community members, divers, and more to demand the council say NO to opening up this deadly fishing practice off California. 

Volunteer Opportunity: Membership Support

We need your help to save endangered sea turtles and coho salmon! Everyday we receive letters, signed petitions and donations from people across the country. Now you, too, can join this movement and provide critical, behind the scenes support for our hands-on conservation efforts. We are currently seeking a membership support volunteer to work at our headquarters in Olema, California and help us process and enter data in databases and maintain accurate records of valuable company information.  If you are interested in helping us process data, please fill out our application form.

Photo of the Month: River Otter

Our restoration projects throughout Marin County are teeming with wildlife, and we want to share what we've been seeing! Outreach Coordinator Harry McGrath captured this curious critter in the creek right behind our office in Northern California. North America River Otters (Lontra canadensis) are members of the weasel family and hunt at night for fish, amphibians, turtles, and crayfish. For more wildlife shots, follow SPAWN on Facebook or visit our blog.  

Volunteer Days & 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!

  • Saturday, Dec. 14: Redwood Planting. Join local community members, staff, and interns at our Jewell restoration site along Lagunitas Creek to plant native plants and trees--including redwoods! RSVP by clicking here.
  • Every Friday: Grow Native Plants for Coho Salmon. Help tend to native plants and seeds used for local stream restoration projects in SPAWN's Native Plant Nursery every Friday from 10am to 1pm. Activities include preparing seeds, sowing and tending native plants ranging from ferns to redwoods. View upcoming Nursery Volunteer Days by clicking here.

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

415.663.8590 .