The public has a unique opportunity this fall to view wild salmon spawning in the lower Yuba River east of Marysville.
The tours are being offered for the first time by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Naturalists will lead tours at the University of California Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center, which feature a section of the Yuba River that includes scenic vistas and access to salmon spawning beds.
Tours will focus on the fall-run Chinook salmon life cycle and its natural history. Participants may also be able to view wildlife such as bald eagles, osprey, mergansers, kingfishers and American dippers.
The 90-minute tours are offered on four Saturdays between Sept. 28 and Oct. 19. Three tours are offered each day at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. There is no charge, but space is limited to 30 people on each tour.
Participants should dress for changeable weather and be prepared for a short hike over uneven terrain and rocks along the river.
Registration should be done online by visiting: http://www.dfg.ca.gov/regions/2/salmontours/. Those without internet access may call (916) 358-2869.
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