Your monthly update from SPAWN
With the second part of our floodplain restoration along Lagunitas Creek starting this month, things have kicked into high gear for SPAWN! From our Friday nursery days to our Saturday habitat restoration days, there are many opportunities to swing by and see what's new, and to participate first-hand in the re-wilding of critical habitat to save Coho salmon from extinction. We hope to see you soon!
Slow Down to Glimpse Ecological Restoration on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard
SPAWN has officially started work on the second part of our floodplain restoration project along Lagunitas Creek! This initiative will reconstruct destroyed floodplain wetlands in the ghost town of Jewell, located just downstream of Samuel P. Taylor State Park between Lagunitas Creek and Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. The project builds off the successful first phase of the project, which occurred a mile downstream in 2018 and saw the removal of more than 13,000 cubic yards of dumped fill and abandoned structures from the ghost town of Tocaloma.
Central California Coast Coho salmon have been listed as endangered since 1996.
Trump Administration Finalizes Rules to Weaken Endangered Species Act
The Trump administration finalized its sweeping rewrite of Endangered Species Act regulations in August that undermine the conservation of threatened and endangered species. The Department of the Interior’s new regulations will eliminate key protections for threatened species, weaken bedrock consultation requirements, and more. Over 95% of species protected by the Act—including Central California Coast Coho—are still with us today, and hundreds are on the path to recovery.
SPAWNers Save Native Plants From Jewell Site
Before crews removed 6,000 cubic yards of fill and concrete debris from the former village of Jewell in preparation for the second part of our floodplain restoration project, SPAWN volunteers, interns and staff helped us save many native plants from the site. These plants, including native blackberries, mugwort, wild cucumber, sword fern and snowberry, will be cared for in our nursery until this winter when they can be returned to their newly renovated home. Thank you, SPAWNers!
The Circle of Life (and Death)
When we checked our trail cams in July, we were surprised to find a deer carcass just down the hill from one of our cameras. Sure enough, when we checked that camera’s photos, we had dozens of shots showing the various predators that came to scavenge. Unfortunately, our cameras didn’t catch the actual attack (if there was one) so we’re not sure what killed the deer. Here at SPAWN we’re not much for necropsies, but if the deer didn’t die of natural causes, then it was most likely a coyote or a bobcat, both of which we caught there later.
Saturday is Habitat Restoration Day at SPAWN!
At SPAWN, Saturday is Habitat Restoration Day! Please join local community members, staff, and interns at our Lagunitas Creek restoration site between 10am and 2pm, on Saturday, August 17 and 24. We will be working together to water native plants and remove invasive species, restoring critical habitat for Coho salmon. Please pack something to eat and join us for lunch after we’ve finished working. Tea and coffee will be provided. If you are interested in helping us restore habitat, please visit our event calendar or RSVP to Preston at email@example.com.
Legal Petition Seeks Ban on Plastic Pollution From Petrochemical Plants
Turtle Island Restoration Network joined more than 270 community and conservation organizations to file a legal petition that demands the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency adopt strict new water-pollution limits for industrial plants that create plastic. Plastic plants discharged 128 million pounds of pollutants into U.S. waterways last year, their operators reported to the EPA ― including 77,859 pounds of the most toxic pollutants.
NEW! Tote Bags in Select Redwood Adoptions
Can adopting a redwood tree get any better? With select redwood adoption packages now including brand new 10,000 Redwoods tote bags, we think they just might! These tote bags are 100% organic cotton made in the USA by Farm Fresh Clothing Co.. The intricate 10,000 Redwoods logo is designed by longtime volunteer and supporter Barry Deutsch. These bags are only available in select redwood adoption packages, so don't wait to Adopt a Redwood today!
We're Looking for a Data Entry Volunteer!
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 data entry volunteer to help us process and enter data and maintain accurate records. If you are interested in helping us save oceans and local watersheds by processing data at our headquarters in Olema, California, please fill out our application form. A member of our team will review and respond within 2-3 days.
Photo of the Month: Rachael Ryan
This month, UC Berkeley graduate student Rachael Ryan began a study of our Tocaloma restoration site for her Ph.D. Over the next month, Rachael will be measuring aquatic macro-invertebrate drift, terrestrial invertebrate influx, and photosynthesis rates occurring in Lagunitas Creek. These measurements will help provide an understanding of the creek conditions post-restoration. By studying the variety of life and availability of resources, Rachael hopes to gain insight into the growth opportunities the site is providing for salmonids.
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, August 17 & 24: Restoration Volunteer Days. Join local community members, staff, and interns at our Lagunitas Creek restoration site between 10am and 2pm, on Saturday, August 17 and Saturday, August 24! We will be working together to water native plants and remove invasive species, restoring critical habitat for Coho salmon. Please pack something to eat and join us for lunch after we’ve finished working. Tea and coffee will be provided. If you are interested in helping us restore habitat, please RSVP to Preston at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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. Please pack something to eat and join us for lunch after we’ve finished working. Tea and coffee will be provided. For questions or to RSVP, contact Audrey at email@example.com.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 488-5900 for more details and to RSVP.