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Advanced Trainings

 Training Name Salmon and Steelhead in the Sierra
 Organization Name Sierra Streams Institute
 Website for more information
 Start date 10/25/17 - 11/8/17
 Brief course description
  • 3 Presentations: Wednesdays, 6pm – 8:30pm 10/25, 11/1, 11/8
  • 2 Field experiences: 8am-2pm Sunday 10/29 and Saturday 11/4

This watershed ecology short course will focus on Chinook salmon and steelhead and their unique contributions to our local ecosystems. Field trips include SYRCL - The South Yuba River Citizens League Salmon Tour experience where participants will raft down the lower Yuba River, with raft guides from Environmental Traveling Companions, to experience all of the salmon spawning action firsthand. In addition, UC Sierra Foothill Research & Extension Center will provide an opportunity for a walking tour of an actual salmon and steelhead spawning restoration site with local experts that take you through the on-the-ground efforts being put forth to conserve our last remaining anadramous fish. Sierra Streams Institute is a watershed monitoring, research, and restoration group based in Nevada City. Download the flier here.

October 25th Opening night- Tributaries and the land they flow through
This night of presentations will focus on the tributaries across our watershed that are the network of capillaries that feed our rivers and keep them healthy or when impaired cause problems in our rivers.  Our salmon and steelhead populations rely on healthy streams and streams rely on land uses that keep sediment and pollutants out of our waterways.  We learn about these local tributaries and what is being done to insure that they are contributing clean water to the greater waterways of the state.  Speakers this nigh include hydrologists, Sol Henson and Justin Wood, and Geomorphologist Katy Janes.

October 29th Field experience- journey down the Lower Yuba River with the SYRCL Salmon Tour
Participants travel down the lower Yuba River on rafts as part of the acclaimed South Yuba River Citizen’s League (SYRCL) and Environmental Traveling Companions (ETC) led Salmon Tours.  Chinook otherwise known as King Salmon will be viewed battling for spawning habitat, cleaning and preparing their redds (spawning gravels) and finally expiring.  The boating trip is a crash course in Yuba Chinook salmon, the production of food that supports them, and the odds stacked against them.
November 1st-  The science of saving Salmon and Steelhead
Presenters from environmental consulting firms and the Army Corps will be painting a picture of the challenges of understanding the decline in andramous Chinook and Steelhead in the Yuba River over the last decade and the efforts that are being put in place to bolster their populations.  Speakers will discuss the unique habitat created for these fish below Engelbright Dam, a landscape ravaged by hydraulic mining but still holding some possibility to maintain these iconic species.  Speakers will include biologist, Joe Merz of Cramer Fish Sciences and Park Manager at Engelbright reservoir, Doug Grothe.

November 4th Field Experience- The river and the dam
Participants will have exclusive access to the base of Engelbright Dam via the Sierra Foothills Research Station.  There participants will have a chance to learn about Engelbright Dam and the system of power generation facilities and other dams along the Yuba.  Participants will observe large scale gravel restoration projects that are being conducted below the dam to improve spawning habitat.  Biologist and former South Yuba River Citizen’s League (SYRCL) employee, Gary Reedy, who has worked tirelessly on the relicensing of the dams along the Yuba River will be our guide.

November 8th- The global context
Experts that work on salmon recovery efforts throughout the west will provide case studies that have led to successful salmon conservation and the pitfalls where those efforts have failed.  They will give global context to the efforts to save anadramous fish in the Yuba River and will help us gain an understanding of the big picture and what is truly at stake.  Presenters will be Gary Sprague Fish Biologist for the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and Steve Rothert California Regional Director for American Rivers.

 County location Nevada County
 Contact name Sol Henson, (530)265-6090.
 Cost (CA Naturalist; public; other) $250 CalNat/$275 other
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