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STOCKTON FWO participates in Calling Back the Salmon Celebration on Auburn Ravine

Region 8, September 17, 2011
Kes Benn, Stockton FWO fish biologist, explaining the salmon life cycle and furnishing salmon egg bracelet materials.
Kes Benn, Stockton FWO fish biologist, explaining the salmon life cycle and furnishing salmon egg bracelet materials. - Photo Credit: n/a

By Elizabeth Campbell and Kes Benn

Kes Benn and Beth Campbell with the Stockton FWO represented Service at the 2nd Annual Calling Back the Salmon Celebration held at McBean Park in Lincoln, California, Saturday, September 17, 2011.

McBean Park is adjacent to Auburn Ravine, a small watershed that continues to support reduced numbers of salmon and steelhead despite the presence of several man-made barriers to fish passage.

The Calling Back the Salmon Celebration offered activities for children and families intended to educate them about nature and the environment, and in particular about salmon in Auburn Ravine. Emphasis was placed on how historic and current human activity within the watershed can negatively affect salmon populations, and various ways that local landowners or interested parties can get involved to help reverse such trends.

Hundreds of people attended the event. Kes and Beth explained the salmon life cycle while dispensing fish and wildlife tattoos and assisting kids with the construction of “salmon egg” bracelets, and discussed local watershed conditions and salmon fishing with parents and other adults.

Participants also included the National Marine Fisheries Service, California Department of Fish and Game, California Department of Water Resources, and Wildlands Inc.; local groups focusing on issues such as light pollution, appropriate land use, and fishing; and primary sponsors, including the Wildlife Heritage Foundation and Save Auburn Ravine Salmon and Steelhead (SARSAS). California Conservation Corps members from the local Placer Center assisted all participants and were great role models for attendees.

The traditional “calling back” of the salmon ceremony was conducted by local Native Americans the following day on Sunday morning, September 18.

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