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NOVEMBER 2016

Creek Walks - Workshop - Citizen Scientist

Winter Creek Walks to Look for Coho Salmon

Looking for a fun, family-friendly, educational outdoor activity this holiday season? Join us for an informative creek walk to look for spawning coho salmon and explore our local Lagunitas Watershed!

Tours are led by SPAWN-trained naturalists, and give participants the opportunity learn all about the ecology and natural history of our endangered native population of coho salmon. Tour guides will also share fun facts about native plants and animals, and answer questions about anything else seen on our walk. Tours meet at Samuel P. Taylor State Park, and wind beside the creek to provide plenty of coho salmon viewing opportunities and through magnificent redwood forests.

Reservations are required, so please sign up by clicking on the links below.

Register for the Dec. 24th Creek Walk.

Register for the Dec. 26th Creek Walk.

View All Creek Walk Dates

Join Us for a Plant Propagation Workshop!


Join SPAWN for an informative and fun workshop on native plant propagation on December 3rd. We will collect and plant seeds for easy-to-propagate native trees such as buckeyes and oaks, do cuttings of a variety of native plant species, and learn how to grow redwood trees.  This SPAWN workshop is FREE for SPAWN members, certified California naturalist, and partner teachers. It is open to the public for a suggested $10 donation.

What: SPAWN Workshop: Plant Propagation

Where: SPAWN Headquarters, 9255 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Olema, CA 94950. Click here for written directions.

When: Dec. 3rd from 10 am - 2 pm.

Please RSVP to this workshop by emailing Audrey at audrey@tirn.net.

Book Passage: Mary Ellen Hannibal's Citizen Scientist

Please join us at Book Passage in the Corte Madera on Sunday, December 18th at 1pm for Mary Ellen Hannibal’s talk on her book Citizen Scientist: Searching for Heroes and Hope in an Age of Extinction. Recently, Mary Ellen Hannibal identified SPAWN as a leading citizen science group in her talk on KQED Radio! SPAWN is co-sponsoring the event, and will be speaking about our work with attendees.

Where: Book Passage (Corte Madera), 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, CA 94925

What: An author talk by Mary Ellen Hannibal about her newest book, Citizen Scientist.

When: Sunday, December 18th at 1 pm

Why: To celebrate citizen scientists and hear directly from Mary Ellen Hannibal.

Background on the Book: In the vein of H Is for Hawk and the work of Rebecca Solnit and Elizabeth Kolbert comes a masterful consideration of the profound, an urgent necessity to bear witness to life and loss. Here is a wide-ranging adventure in becoming a citizen scientist by an award-winning writer and environmental thought leader. As Mary Ellen Hannibal wades into tide pools, follows hawks, and scours mountains to collect data on threatened species, she discovers the power of a heroic cast of volunteers and the makings of what may be our last, best hope in slowing an unprecedented mass extinction. Digging deeply, Hannibal traces today’s tech-enabled citizen science movement to its roots: the centuries-long tradition of amateur observation by writers and naturalists. Prompted by her novelist father’s sudden death, she also examines her own past and discovers a family legacy of looking closely at the world. With unbending zeal for protecting the planet, she then turns her gaze to the wealth of species left to fight for. Combining original reporting, meticulous research, and memoir in impassioned prose, Citizen Scientist is a literary event, a blueprint for action, and the story of how one woman rescued herself from an odyssey of loss with a new kind of science.

SPAWN Wish List

Make a holiday donation of goods to SPAWN! We are in need of gardening tools to help us restore our watershed, and care for native plants. Do you have extra gardening supplies you can donate? We will put them to good use restoring endangered coho salmon habitat. Our winter wish list includes:

  1. Battery powered air compressors
  2. Stainless Steel Digging Forks
  3. Gardening Gloves (S, M, L)
  4. HoriHori Knives
  5. Deer Fencing
  6. Handsaws (something like this would be ideal!)
  7. Six foot or taller metal T-posts.
  8. Tarps (any size)
  9. A pickup truck! We need a truck to transport supplies to and from restoration sites.

If you have items to donate please email our nursery manager Audrey at audrey@tirn.net. Items may be tax-deducible!

Education Experiences

SPAWN's full-time Education Specialist Catie Clune can help teachers arrange watershed education experiences for their classes, guide student restoration activities and support student civic engagement projects. A limited number of transportation stipends are currently available to teachers of low-income and multicultural schools who want to bring their students on a field trip to explore the Lagunitas Watershed, so make sure to secure your trip!

Contact Catie at Catie@tirn.net to learn more about how you can get your class or group involved with SPAWN.

Upcoming Events

Volunteer & Community Service Opportunities with SPAWN

SPAWN & Turtle Island offer various fun opportunities to get involved in saving the Earth. Volunteers help us restore rivers, protect marine species, and educate the public to advocate for life-affirming policies. Volunteer at our office on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard and you can receive community service hours for school, work off traffic tickets, or just gain the satisfaction of helping make the world a better place!


SPAWN Workshop: Plant Propagation - Saturday, December 3, 2016, Olema, CA
SPAWN Workshop: Plant Propagation - Saturday, December 10, 2016, Olema, CA
Winter Creek Walk + Volunteer Planting - Saturday, December 17, 2016, Olema, CA
Book Passage: Mary Ellen Hannibal - Citizen Scientist - Sunday, December 18, 2016, Olema, CA
Winter Creek Walk - Saturday, December 24, 2016, Olema, CA
Winter Creek Walk - Monday, December 26, 2016, Olema, CA
Winter Creek Walk + Volunteer Planting - Saturday, December 31, 2016, Olema, CA
Winter Creek Walk + Volunteer Planting - Saturday, January 7, 2017, Olema, CA
Winter Creek Walk + Volunteer Planting - Saturday, January 14, 2017, Olema, CA
Workshop: Build A Pollinator Garden - Saturday, January 14, 2017, Olema, CA
View our online Google event calendar by clicking here.

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