Naturalist-led salmon tours
Imagine having access to a stretch of the Yuba River with scenic vistas while searching for fall-run salmon. With the help of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, you can. The department is offering free, naturalist-led salmon tours every Saturday in October near the spawning beds of the river, thanks to access provided by the University of California’s Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center.
Each fall, salmon return from the sea to spawn in the Yuba River, where they can be spotted throughout the scenic tour on the river. Wildlife experts will provide insight into the life cycle of salmon and the natural history of the area east of Marysville. Participants might even spot a few other critters lurking along the riverbed during the 90-minute tours, which depart at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Registration is limited to 30 people per tour. Directions are provided upon registration. For more about the tour, see www.dfg.ca.gov/regions/2/salmontours. Bring binoculars for best viewing.
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