New American River Fish Ladder- Join our ECOS Tour!

Monday, November 29, 12:20 – 2 PM

Our late October rains have allowed the salmon to come back up the river!

California Fish & Wildlife’s Interpretive Services Supervisor will show us their new and improved fish ladder.

Now with 9 large viewing windows –

A great way to see the salmon swim and jump their way into the Nimbus Hatchery.

First come, first served – reserve now; due to covid, only ten visitors on this first CDFW tour.

Our tour will explore the following features:
• River discovery trail and observation deck with view of natural spawning processes
• Nimbus Basin, habitat restoration, and the ladder entrance

Logistics and Accessibility
• If driving, you can park free at 2001 Nimbus Rd. Our tour host will meet us where the parking lot meets the trail.
• No bathrooms available. Closest bathrooms at the nearby Tributary Point shopping center.
• The river discovery trail is about a quarter mile long and flat.
• Nimbus basin is best accessed by walking across the crosswalk at Hazel Ave: 5 min walk from the visitor center. Or for a shorter walk, park at the Sac State Aquatic Center (paid parking).
• It’s a semi-steep incline into the Basin and the restored habitat areas and ladder entrance.

COVID protocols
• Maintain social distancing throughout the tour
• Masks outdoors are your preference

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ECOS Field Trips!

Field Trip to Habitat Restoration Project at Ancil Hoffman – October 16

Please join ECOS on the first of a series of field trips to natural areas in the Sacramento Area. We will be viewing the newly created salmon and steelhead spawning and rearing beds along the American River in Ancil Hoffman Park. This habitat restoration project was initiated through efforts by the Water Forum and others.

When: Saturday, October 16 at 1 PM
Where: the Effie Yeaw Nature Center, 2850 San Lorenzo Way, Carmichael (and located inside Ancil Hoffman Park)

This tour, led by Center naturalists, has room for up to 15 more people (first come, first served). Call the Effie Yeaw Nature Center at 916-489-4918 to add your name and reserve your spot! Tell them you are with ECOS!

You will be walking on sand and gravel trails to the river so wear protective shoes or boots for this purpose and …. also, please bring and wear a mask — we are protecting each other as well as nature. Thank you!

This is the first of what we hope to be regularly scheduled field trips that will honor our open and natural habitat spaces around the Sacramento Region and celebrate much of the hard work of ECOS’ Habitat 2020 Committee. This trip, and the ones to follow, are for the purpose of educating ourselves and furthering our work in preserving and protecting these special places for wildlife protection and biodiversity.

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