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LODI FWO: Oroville Salmon Festival 2016
California-Nevada Offices , May 19, 2017
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Children learning about what is good for the river with the Delta Juvenile Fish Monitoring Program's interactive display.
Children learning about what is good for the river with the Delta Juvenile Fish Monitoring Program's interactive display. - Photo Credit: USFWS

By Mike Marshall

On a hot and sunny but breezy autumn day, an entire town came out to welcome the salmon back to the Feather River. On Saturday, September 24th, personnel from the Lodi Fish and Wildlife Office’s Delta Juvenile Fish Monitoring Program participated in the 17th Annual Oroville Salmon Festival at Feather River Hatchery.

The Service booth consisted of an informative table with brochures and handouts, a table with souvenirs such as carabiners, pencils, bracelets and buttons; as well as temporary tattoos that were placed on the arms of those that wanted one. There was also a table with an interactive display for children and adults alike. The interactive display consisted of tubs filled with gravel and water representing the river. Participants were asked about what should be added to the river which would benefit fish. Participants then put the items into the tubs to visually show how this could affect the river.

Many items were available to be placed in the water; such as wood, aquatic plants, fish and invertebrates which are good for the environment. But there were also items that are not good for the environment such as plastic bottles, aluminum foil, string and fishing line. Participants learned that there are both good and bad things that can impact the river and that if they see items that do not belong there, such as trash, to kindly remove them from the water and place into a trash receptacle.

Overall, there were thousands of people that came to the festival that day to enjoy the warm weather and to see many salmon making their way up the fish ladder and into the hatchery. With a little interactive display from the Service, they may have learned what is good and what is bad for the river and how they may be able to help conserve, protect and enhance fish and their habitats.

Mike Marshall is a fish biologist with the Lodi Fish and Wildlife Office in Lodi, California.


Contact Info: Jerrica Lewis, 209-334-2968 ext 338, Jerrica_Lewis@fws.gov
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