Salmon in the Air

If you journey to the water’s edge in the Lower Yuba River, you’ll witness splashing tails, the cleaning of redds, and the end of a great journey from the ocean to source.  It’s the start of salmon spawning season.  Each year thousands of Chinook salmon and steelhead trout return to the Yuba River to reproduce.  And salmon aren’t just in the river this month, they are flying through the airwaves, as you’ll see below, in the various radio and TV interviews about SYRCL’s Salmon Expeditions.

In an effort to restore salmon numbers to the Yuba River and to educate the next generation of river conservationists, SYRCL runs Salmon Expedition Tours. These tours teach students about fish habitat restoration, salmon migration and life cycle, and the importance of salmon in our watershed.

In 2019, Yuba Water Agency has funded all 4th grade students in Yuba County to participate in Salmon Tours this fall. In the last two weeks, Salmon Expedition teams have taken more than 400 kids on the Yuba, running rafting trips twice a day.

Check out these fishy stories with our staff, students and volunteers:

Good Day Sacramento with Cambi Brown

Cambi Brown from Good Day Sacramento, KMAX-TV Channel 31, explores 4th grade Salmon Expeditions with River Education Manager Rachel Lubitz.

KVMR: Educationally Speaking featuring Rachel Lubitz

KVMR’s Educationally Speaking program with Kimberly Ewing, teacher from Nevada City School District, and Scott Lay, Nevada County Superintendent of Schools, interview Rachel Lubitz, SYRCL’s River Education Manager, about their upcoming Salmon Expedition with students.


Listen to the full interview here

Salmon in the Press

Click Here to check out this article from the Appeal Democrat about the 300 fourth grade students from Olivehurst School who are going on the Salmon Tours  and learning about current restoration projects, salmon migration, the importance of a healthy ecosystem.

Last Chance to Join a Salmon Tour – Nov. 9th

SYRCL’s Salmon Expeditions are an adventurous opportunity for you, your family or your child’s school to venture down the Yuba River to view spawning salmon! We work with talented volunteers, local river rafting guides, and scientists from the University of California to offer the community several different options to get your hands (and feet) wet while learning about these migratory fish and their importance to the health of our watershed.


Sign up – Nov. 9th Salmon Tour

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