In just two weeks, SPAWN’s annual Creekwalks begin! With these early rains, the coho might already be poised by Tomales Bay, ready to swim upstream into the Lagunitas Watershed. Northern California, including the San Geronimo Valley, is expecting below average temperatures for November, December, and January, providing our returning coho with crisp, cold water. Despite the drizzly weekend ahead, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting average rainfall through the winter months.
This being my first year (in fact, my first month) as a SPAWN AmeriCorps intern, I’m excited for my first Creekwalk; for the opportunity to see these endangered salmon spawn in streams that mere months before might have been no more than a trickle or dry creek bed. The seasonal salmon runs are just the focal point of an incredible ecosystem of flora and fauna – the history of which our naturalist guides will be sure to describe. Few thoughts make me more eager to pull on my rain boots and head for the valley!