The Summer Salmon Institute for 3rd to 5th grade teachers encourages science-based watershed education in elementary classrooms in the San Francisco Bay Area. Turtle Island Restoration Network’s Salmon Protection And Watershed Network (SPAWN) program is leading the free workshop in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Bay-Watershed Education and Training (BWET).
SPAWN’s smolt monitoring program began about 10 years ago as a way to measure the health of endangered fish populations in San Geronimo Creek – an important tributary to Lagunitas Creek. Monitoring the population of coho smolts is an extremely important gauge for the population as a whole because it indicates how well the baby salmon fared over the winter.
Smolts are young, 12-15 month-old juvenile coho salmon and steelhead trout. Technically, any anadromous salmonid (a member of the trout family that is born in freshwater, lives in salt water and then returns to freshwater to spawn) is called a smolt when it is in the juvenile stage of its lifecycle.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Fisheries Restoration Grant Program (FRGP) has announced 2015 funding totaling $665,237 for three projects all located in West Marin’s critical Lagunitas Creek Watershed. Turtle Island Restoration Network’s Salmon Protection And Watershed Network (SPAWN) program was awarded two of the three grants, with the third grant going to the Marin Municipal Water District.
Last week, Melinda Stahr’s class from Corvallis Elementary, made the long haul to visit the Lagunitas Creek Watershed. Coming all the way from San Leandro the kids were full of…