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STOCKTON FWO: Calling Back the Salmon Celebration

Region 8, September 29, 2012
Beth Campbell and a young Calling Back the Salmon Celebration participant.
Beth Campbell and a young Calling Back the Salmon Celebration participant. - Photo Credit: n/a

On September 29, 2012, Beth Campbell of the Stockton Fish and Wildllife Office represented the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) at the 3rd Annual Calling Back the Salmon Celebration held at McBean Park in Lincoln, California.

The event offered educational activities for children and families intended to connect them with nature and the environment, and get them involved in their local watershed, Auburn Ravine. 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 human-caused barriers to fish passage. Visitors learned that in fall 2011, a fish ladder had been installed to provide fish passage around one such barrier.

Visitors came from Lincoln and surrounding communities such as Auburn, Newcastle, Roseville, Rocklin, and Sacramento. Beth explained the salmon life cycle while dispensing fish and wildlife tattoos and coloring books to children, and discussed local watershed conditions, salmon fishing, and operations of the Feather River Hatchery and Nimbus Fish Hatchery on the American River with parents and other adults.

Other participants included the National Marine Fisheries Service, California Department of Water Resources, other government agencies, the Dry Creek Conservancy, as well as other local non-profit groups. A variety of local businesses involved in activities such as recycling were also on hand. Primary sponsors of the event were the Wildlife Heritage Foundation and Save Auburn Ravine Salmon and Steelhead.

A discussion and demonstration featuring close-up interactions with live hawks was a highlight this year. As in past years, California Conservation Corps members from the local Placer Center assisted all participants and were great role models for attendees.

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