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Festival celebrates salmon run

Festival celebrates salmon run

Children, pictured here at a past Stanislaus River Salmon Festival, get the opportunity to learn about the life of salmon.

POSTED November 12, 2010 8:43 p.m.
Central Valley populations of Chinook salmon are making their yearly run up the Stanislaus and Tuolumne rivers, and the East Stanislaus Resource Conservation District is ready to celebrate. The second annual Stanislaus River Salmon Festival will both celebrate the return of the salmon and educate the public about conservation.Local salmon populations make their way from the Pacific Ocean up river to mate and lay eggs this time of year. The eggs hatch in local water ways and eventually make their way out to the Pacific. According to the California Department of Fish and Game, due to concerns over the size of local populations, the Central Valley fall/late fall-run Chinook salmon are a “Species of Concern” under the federal Endangered Species Act.  Mid-November is peak salmon season, and there will be plenty of fish to look at on their way up the Stanislaus River in Knight’s Ferry. “This is the time of year for the seasonal salmon run, and there should definitely be salmon in the river,” said Melanie Fisher with the East Stanislaus Resource Conservation District. Participants in the salmon festival can watch the fish make their way up-stream from the bridge at Knight’s Ferry. Fisher said that there are plans to set up a camera and viewing sight at the festival, but the fish should be visible from the banks. Organizations working to promote clean water in Stanislaus County will have exhibits highlighting the seasonal salmon runs, river restoration, and local agriculture. The festival will take place at the Army Corp of Engineers Park, and the historic covered bridge and museum will be open during the festival. “It’s a great place for people to learn a little more about water resources,” Fisher said. In addition to educational attractions, the Salmon Festival will offer free kid’s crafts and activities. Kids can make a salmon print t-shirt or try a run at the salmon obstacle course. The Orange Blossom 4-H and Oakdale Lions Club will prepare salmon and other dishes during the festival. The Salmon festival started last year with about 1500 attendees and the East Stanislaus RCD hopes to have a bigger turn out this year. The festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Army Corps of Engineers Park in Knight’s Ferry recreation area. To contact Andrea Goodwin e-mail or call 634-9141 ext. 2003.  

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