Thursday, March 14, 2013

SPAWN season arriving

Here are a couple of great opportunities to pitch in and learn about Coho Salmon and Steelhead Trout right here in the S.F. Bay Area. SPAWN (Salmon Protection and Watershed Network) is currently seeking hands-on volunteers and they offer naturalist training.  

Volunteers are needed every morning to help monitor the migration of both coho and steelheads from Marin County creeks to the ocean. This program starts Sunday, March 17th. You'd be working under the supervision of staff biologists in San Geronimo Valley. 

To volunteer with the monitoring project, email Melinda Barnes (melinda "at sign" tirn.net) or call her at (415) 663-8590x114 (office) or (409) 457-5762 (cell). 

SPAWN's California Naturalist Training started Wednesday, March 13, 2013. It may still be possible to sign up for the Wednesday class: contact instructor Chris Pincetich by email (chris "at sign" tirn.net) This is a for for fee course, and there are Continuing Education Units (CEU) and transferrable UC credits available (add. fee). Click here for more information and registration! 
Chris Pincetich, Ph.D., who is the Outreach & Education Manager of Turtle Island Restoration Network 
has posted a video on Facebook of the giant steelhead spawning in Lagunitas Creek. Or, watch here 
Although SPAWN has hundreds of dedicated volunteers, they always have need for more. Check their website to keep on top of other opportunities to help out and to sign up for their newsletter about walks and other events.  

Happy trails,
Susan "backpack45" Alcorn

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