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STOCKTON FWO: Anadromous Fish Restoration and Aquatic Invasive Species Programs Participate in the 22nd Annual Stockton Earth Day Festival
Region 8, April 18, 2010
Beth Campbell and Louanne McMartin, Biologists with the Stockton Fish and Wildlife Office explain the life cycle of Chinook salmon and the impacts of invasive species at the Stockton Earth Day Festival (photo: Donnie Ratcliff, USFWS).
Beth Campbell and Louanne McMartin, Biologists with the Stockton Fish and Wildlife Office explain the life cycle of Chinook salmon and the impacts of invasive species at the Stockton Earth Day Festival (photo: Donnie Ratcliff, USFWS). - Photo Credit: n/a

By Donnie Ratcliff, Stockton FWO
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service‚Äôs Anadromous Fish Restoration and Aquatic Invasive Species Programs from the Stockton Fish and Wildlife Office provided outreach and information to attendees of the 22nd Annual Stockton Earth Day Festival, April 18, 2010.  The Service booth was part of a larger outreach effort by the Friends of the Lower Calaveras River (FLCR), a diverse group of stakeholders united in the common goal of public awareness and education involving the Lower Calaveras River watershed.  The larger outreach effort was able to draw on the expertise and various educational materials provided by members to inform the public about the current state of the Calaveras River and opportunities to aid in restoration.

Service biologists Beth Campbell, Louanne McMartin, and Donnie Ratcliff presented information about the current state of fish populations, aquatic habitat needs and restoration efforts, and invasive species issues in the local area.  The Fishery Foundation of California discussed its involvement with fish monitoring on the Calaveras and efforts to acclimate outmigrating salmon smolts before they enter the Pacific Ocean.  FLCR was able to convey the values of the river as a place for recreation, a source of residential and agricultural water, and a unique local opportunity for restoration and community education.

A wide variety of contacts were made, ranging from long-time Stockton residents who knew very little about their local river to school children who were fascinated to learn about the long journey that Calaveras River salmon and steelhead must make to complete their life cycle.  Additionally, residents of the watershed were highly appreciative of the ability to learn about impacts of invasive species and ways that they can help reduce and eliminate some of those impacts in their daily lives.  Finally, FLCR was able to garner new friends for the river, recruit volunteers for group activities and river clean-up efforts, and inform the public about future plans to facilitate events related to the river.

 

 

Contact Info: Ramon Martin, 209-334-2968 ext. 401, ramon_martin@fws.gov