Photo: Turtle Island Restoration Network
Photo: Turtle Island Restoration Network

MEDIA ADVISORY: Rains Trigger Salmon Spawning Right Now in Marin County, Calif.

For Immediate Release

CONTACT:
Joanna McWilliams
Turtle Island Restoration Network
Cell: (415) 488-7711
Joanna@tirn.net

Sign up for a Naturalist-Led Creek Walk to See the Salmon

WHAT: Endangered coho salmon return from ocean to spawn. Watch large female salmon build nests and lay their eggs, while bright red male salmon battle each other for position to fertilize the eggs and add their genes to the next generation. Following a storm, one can also watch salmon leap the Inkwells Waterfalls.

Arrange an on-camera interview with one of SPAWN’s wildlife biologists and tour the Lagunitas Watershed to capture videos and photos.

WHEN: Now (through the New Year) is prime viewing time!

WHERE: Marin County’s Lagunitas Creek (about five miles West of Fairfax off Sir Francis Drake Blvd). Please contact us for specific location. Download a map and viewing tips by clicking here.

BACKGROUND:  California’s largest population of endangered Central Coast coho salmon is located in Marin County, about 30 miles from San Francisco or Oakland, Calif. This critically endangered run of salmon is easily viewable.

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WINTER CREEK WALK SCHEDULE: SPAWN offers naturalist-led creek walks to the public on weekends, and now through January.

December 17, 2016 from 12:30 am – 2:30 pm.

December 24, 2016 from 10:30 am  – 1 pm.

December 26, 2016 from 10:30 am  – 1 pm. .

December 31, 2016 from 12:30 am – 2:30 pm.

January 7, 2017 from 12:30 am – 2:30 pm.

January 14, 2017 from 12:30 am – 2:30 pm.

January 21, 2017 from 12:30 am – 2:30 pm.

Cost: $15 Individual creek walk suggested donation. $35 Family SPAWN membership. Includes a four person creek walk! $200 private tour by Catie or Preston for up to 10 people!

To register for and find out more about creek walks click here.

Photos and videos available for media use here.

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SPAWN, the Salmon Protection And Watershed Network, is a program of Turtle Island Restoration Network, an international marine conservation organization headquartered in California whose 200,000+ members and online activists work to protect sea turtles and marine biodiversity in the United States and around the world. For 25 years, Turtle Island Restoration Network has mobilized people to preserve oceans, restore rivers and streams, and protect the marine wildlife – from sea turtles to sharks – that call these blue-green waters home. SeaTurtles.org