January eNewsletter

SPAWN kicked off the new year getting our hands dirtywinter is planting season! In addition to planting on our restoration site, we're planting redwoods all over West Marin County. Thank you to all of our supporters who have joined in on our planting effortsand if you haven't yetwe'd love for you to join.

SPAWN Staff, Volunteers Plant More Than 300 Redwood Trees in Nicasio

Staff and volunteers of SPAWN planted more than 300 redwood trees in northern California this month, expanding an effort to fight climate change and bring back endangered California redwood forests to Marin County, an ecosystem that has been reduced by 95 percent due to logging and development.

Hundreds Search for Coho on Creekwalk Tours

We took almost 500 Bay Area community members on a tour of the Lagunitas Creek Watershed to search for endangered Coho salmon returning from the ocean to spawn during this season’s Creekwalk Tours. While recent reports indicate an above-average return this season with over 50 nests counted, the numbers are still a far cry from the watershed target of 1,300 nests set by NOAA. 

Volunteers Prevent Harmful Debris From Polluting Lagunitas Creek During Storm

Thanks to the help of our staff and volunteers, we prevented two truck loads of garbage and debris from the remains of a camp in Lagunitas from being carried downstream by forecasted storms. SPAWN staff discovered the abandoned camp while monitoring salmon spawning activity along the banks of San Geronimo Creek days before January’s big storm.

Join our Kayak Tour of Tomales Bay in March

Join expert naturalists and SPAWN staff for a guided kayak tour of the Giacomini Wetlands of Tomales Bay. This private, four-hour tour will explore tidal channels and sloughs of the restored wetland marshes where Coho salmon, leopard sharks, bat rays, and more unique creatures call home.

Efforts to Monitor Amphibian Habitat Installed

Coho salmon aren't the only species who will take advantage of our Tocaloma Floodplain Restoration Project. Cover Boards, a standard method for monitoring reptile and amphibian habitat use, were installed at the Tocaloma Restoration site in early January. As the restoration site matures, we will be able to monitor changes in the relative abundance of various herps and small mammals that use these cover boards for shelter, like the California newt pictured above. Follow SPAWN on Facebook to see photos of the species we encounter. 

Redwood Plantings Continuing in February!

We will continue to plant redwoods in the San Francisco Bay Area, with two plantings scheduled on Saturday, February 2 in Lagunitas and Saturday, February 9 in Woodacre Creek. All tools and equipment will be provided, as well as coffee and snacks. If you are interested in helping us plant redwoods, please email Preston at preston@seaturtles.org. The exact location of plantings will be given at the time of the RSVP.

Wildlife Cams Capture Cool Coyote

Our series of trail cams continue to bring weekly wildlife surprises, and we wanted to share! Pictured above: a cool coyote profile. View more photos on SPAWN's Facebook page. 

Local Schools Help SPAWN Seed Redwood Trees

In December and January, elementary schools in Marin County helped SPAWN collect redwood cones and seed them out, all while learning about salmon and redwoods. Some students will be able to observe germination and growth of the seedlings, and will donate most of the plants to SPAWN at the end of their school year.

Redwoods Available for Bay Area Homeowners

Our Native Plant Nursery has a limited number of redwood seedlings available by a donation basis for people who are willing and able to plant and care for them in appropriate places in Marin County. These trees were grown as part of SPAWN’s 10,000 Redwoods project, a carbon sequestration initiative. If you are interested in learning more about the 10,000 Redwoods, have questions about how to care for redwood seedlings, or have a location in mind to plant a redwood tree, please contact Audrey at audrey@seaturtles.org.

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 Tuesday & Friday: Nursery Volunteer Day​. Join us every Tuesday and Friday for a great time with skilled botanists. We'll meet from 10am to 1pm at our headquarters in Olema and help care for thousands of native plants that will be used for local stream restoration projects. For questions, contact Audrey by email at audrey@seaturtles.org
  • Saturday, February 2: Lagunitas Redwood Tree Planting. We will be planting redwoods in Lagunitas 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 redwoods, please email Preston at preston@seaturtles.org. The exact location of plantings will be given at the time of the RSVP.
  • Saturday, February 9: Woodacre Redwood Tree Planting. We will be planting redwoods in Woodacre 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 redwoods, please email Preston at preston@seaturtles.org. The exact location of plantings will be given at the time of the RSVP.
  • Sunday, March 3: Kayak Tour of Tomales Bay Wetlands. Join expert naturalists and SPAWN staff for a guided kayak tour of the Giacomini Wetlands of Tomales Bay. This private, four-hour tour will explore tidal channels and sloughs of the restored wetland marshes where Coho salmon, leopard sharks, bat rays, and more unique creatures call home. Learn more. 

Join Our Network

    

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

415.663.8590
info@seaturtles.org .  

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