February eNewsletter

This month, we shared the good news that Marin County's Lagunitas Creek saw the best return of Coho salmon in 12 years. Unfortunately, the number of redds, or nests, reported are a tiny fraction of the amount needed for recovery. With your support, we will continue to fight for this iconic species to ensure their numbers are on the rise for generations to come.

Last Chance to Register for our Kayak Tour!

This Sunday, join expert naturalists and SPAWN staff for a guided kayak tour 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.

Lagunitas Creek Sees Best Coho Run in 12 Years

This year’s Coho salmon run in Marin County is the best it’s been in 12 years. The surge of salmon—the largest in the North Bay since the winter of 2006—is being credited to recent habitat restoration efforts to protect the endangered species, such as those pioneered by SPAWN.

Before and After Photos Show Impressive Progress of Floodplain Project

Recently released before-and-after photos of our floodplain restoration project show an impressive transformation that will help recover the diminishing population of critically endangered Central California Coast Coho Salmon.

Volunteers Needed to Plant Redwoods on Site

In March, we have two redwood plantings scheduled for our project site: Saturday, March 9 and Saturday, March 16. This is a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, as well as directly contribute to habitat restoration to support our local population of endangered Coho salmon. 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

Recent Storms Bring Unwanted Plastic Pollution to Floodplain Project

Recent storms have brought flowing water to our floodplain project, but the weather has also brought an unwanted visitor—plastic pollution! So far we’ve seen numerous plastic bottles, tennis balls, two basketballs, a sandal, an empty propane tank, and a giant piece of styrofoam polluting our project. It’s an important reminder to dispose of trash and recyclables responsibly, or it could make its way through our streams and into the ocean.

State Awards SPAWN Two Grants for Protecting Streamside Homes

We recently received a pair of state grants to help restore streamside habitat in Marin County from erosion, that in turn will restore critical habitat for endangered Coho salmon and other wildlife. The project includes partnering with Lagunitas School District to restore 3,000 square feet of riparian habitat at the Lagunitas School with the assistance of students and volunteers.

Can California’s Iconic Redwoods Survive Climate Change?

Populations of the state’s two redwood species have already declined by 95 percent since 1850 due to logging and development. Now, according to a recent article by The Revelator, scientists want to know how climate change and drought will affect them in the near future. Researcher Emily Francis explains how the coast redwoods and sequoias fared during California’s drought and what that means for future climate resilience.

SPAWN is Hiring a Watershed Biologist

SPAWN is currently looking for a Watershed Biologist to join our team. This position works with the Watershed Conservation Director to carry out large and small scale habitat restoration and conservation projects, and is a key part of a team working to restore creek habitat to recover critically endangered coho salmon in Marin County, California. If you are interested in the position, or know someone who might be, please visit the Careers page on our website to learn more and apply. 

Internship Opportunity: Habitat Restoration Intern

SPAWN is seeking a Habitat Restoration Intern to assist with planning, implementation, monitoring, and maintenance of habitat restoration projects in the Lagunitas Creek Watershed. This is an unpaid intership, but we do offer housing. If you are interested in the position, or know someone who might be, please visit the Internships page on our website to learn more and apply. 

Scuba Divers Needed for Shark Research!

Turtle Island Restoration Network needs divers to join their research in Cocos Island, Costa Rica. These dive expeditions, led by SPAWN Founder Todd Steiner, are a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view and photograph the incredible marine wildlife of Cocos Island (Coho not included) as well as contribute to the crucial research that sets the basis for protecting these waters. Join us!

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 Friday: Nursery Volunteer Day​. Join us every 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
  • 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. 
  • Saturday, March 9: Redwood Tree Planting. We will be planting redwoods at our headquarters 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 redwoods, please email Preston at preston@seaturtles.org
  • Saturday, March 16: Redwood Tree Planting. We will be planting redwoods at our headquarters 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 redwoods, please email Preston at preston@seaturtles.org

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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