Your monthly update from SPAWN
Every year as the first hard rainfall of winter nears, SPAWN prepares for endangered coho salmon to return from the ocean to spawn, or lay eggs, in their natal streams. Despite last year's record-breaking run, the number of redds (nests) laid is far below the target number for the species to recover. No matter the quantity, however, the return of coho is an ancient natural phenonmenon we encourage all earthly inhabitants to celebrate.
Second Ghost Town Transformed to Salmon Habitat
In October, SPAWN completed the second phase of our floodplain and riparian restoration project at the ghost town of Jewell in Northern California, re-creating floodplain wetlands along Lagunitas Creek to help recover key populations of endangered Central California Coast coho salmon and other threatened species.
Photo by Harry McGrath
PHOTOS: Endangered California Freshwater Shrimp Utilize Structures in Lagunitas Creek
In late October, SPAWN used visual observation and underwater cameras to record endangered California freshwater shrimp using habitats specifically designed for them, which could be the first time! SPAWN’s recently completed restoration project along a one-mile stretch of Lagunitas Creek was designed to improve habitat for a myriad of wildlife species, including these 10-legged crustaceans. Click here to see our photos of California freshwater shrimp in Lagunitas Creek.
10 American Species Imperiled by Pesticides
Pesticides are among the most dangerous pollutants, harming insects, mussels, fish, amphibians, birds, and even mammals—humans included. A report recently released by the Endangered Species Coalition details ten of the most impacted species, including several that SPAWN works directly to help protect: Chinook salmon, Monarch butterfly, and California red legged frog. Click here to read the report and discover how toxic chemicals impair the recovery of endangered species.
You're Invited to "Pints for Nonprofits" in Petaluma
Join SPAWN for a fun night of delicious beer and great company at Pints for Nonprofits: An Evening with TIRN at the Loft in Lagunitas Brewing Co. on Thursday, November 21 from 6 to 8pm. We’re entering our 30th year of saving marine species from increasingly urgent threats, and we want to celebrate with our community in the greater Bay Area! Your first beer is on us, and appetizers will be provided. Proceeds from every beer purchased will support Turtle Island Restoration Network. RSVP here, and see you there!
Coming Soon: Creekwalk Tours!
When the first hard rain hits the ground, streams start to swell and coho salmon begin their spectacular homeward migration. Join us on a Creekwalk Tour to witness a tradition that dates back millennia, as these fish swim hundreds of miles from their ocean feeding grounds to return to their birthplace and continue the survival of their species.
Volunteers Needed to Plant out Jewell Site
When the rains begin, SPAWN will need the help of volunteers to plant out the recently completed Jewell site. Planting events will be held on at least two Saturdays per month throughout the winter. The site is located just north of Samuel P. Taylor State Park in Olema, a scenic hour drive from San Francisco. Visit our event calendar or email Audrey at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details and to RSVP.
The Inspiring Lifecycle of Coho Salmon
Coho salmon are an anadromous species, meaning they migrate from the ocean to their freshwater natal streams to spawn, or lay eggs. The anadromous life history of salmon plays a key role in bringing nutrients from the ocean back to rivers and the watershed wildlife community. Click here to see the lifecycle of coho salmon.
Got Pots? SPAWN Nursery Needs Them!
Our native plant nursery is thriving and many of the plants are beginning to outgrow their pots! But, with no sign of rain, we haven’t been able to start planting, and we’re running low on pots. Rather than buy new ones, we thought it would be more sustainable to reach out to our community and re-use any you don't need. If you have some old plastic pots that you’re not using we would really appreciate the donation! Feel free to drop them off at our office (9255 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.) between 9 and 5, Monday - Friday, or if you’d like us to collect them please email Harry at email@example.com.
Photo of the Month: Once-in-a-Blue-Moon Bobcat
This time last year, one of our wildlife monitoring cameras had a bobcat sighting! Bobcats (Lynx rufus) are rarely spotted by humans. Although they are seldom seen, they roam throughout much of North America and adapt well to such diverse habitats as forests, swamps, deserts, and even suburban areas. Bobcats, sometimes called wildcats, are roughly twice as big as the average housecat. Most bobcats are brown or brownish red with a white underbelly and short, black-tipped tail. The cat is named for its tail, which appears to be cut or “bobbed.”
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, Nov. 9: Restore Habitat for Coho. Join local community members, staff, and interns at our Tocaloma restoration site* along Lagunitas Creek between 10am and 2pm. We will be working together to water native plants and remove invasive species, restoring critical habitat for coho salmon.
- Saturday, Nov. 16: Restore Habitat for Coho. Join local community members, staff, and interns at our Tocaloma restoration site* along Lagunitas Creek between 10am and 2pm. We will be working together to water native plants and remove invasive species, restoring critical habitat for coho salmon.
- Tuesday, Nov. 21: Pints for Nonprofits. Join SPAWN for a fun night of delicious beer and great company at the Lagunitas Loft on Thursday, November 21 from 6 to 8pm. Your first beer is on us, and appetizers will be provided. Proceeds from every beer purchased will support Turtle Island Restoration Network. RVSP by clicking here.
- Every Friday: Nursery Volunteer Day. Join local community members, staff, and interns in our native plant nursery between 10am and 1pm every Friday! We will be working together to grow, tend and care for native plants used to restore Coho salmon habitat in Lagunitas Creek. For questions or to RSVP, contact Audrey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
**If weather permits, the event will be held at the recently completed Jewell site!**