Learn more about the Delta: Sierra Science Series presents talk on estuary’s fish | TheUnion.com

Learn more about the Delta: Sierra Science Series presents talk on estuary’s fish

Lauren Damon, from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, will talk about "Monitoring the Delta's Pelagic Fishes" at Sierra College.
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Sierra Science Series presents Lauren Damon, from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife who will talk about “Monitoring the Delta’s Pelagic Fishes.” The presentation will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m., in the Multipurpose Center, building, N-12, on Oct. 11. Come early and enjoy a meet-and-greet and refreshments at 6 p.m.

The San Francisco Estuary is the largest estuary on the West Coast and provides water to over two-thirds of the people in California. It is home to hundreds of species of fish and wildlife, including numerous species that require protection under the Endangered Species Act. The decline of some of these species was discovered through monitoring surveys conducted by The California Department of Fish and Wildlife, some of which date back to the 1950s. Many of those surveys are still running today, and continue to provide valuable information that furthers our understanding of the estuary and of individual fish species. One such fish, the Delta smelt, has been declining for decades and was first listed under the Endangered Species Act in 1995. This small fish has an annual life cycle and is only found in the estuary, making its recovery a challenge; however scientists are gathering information and conducting robust analyses to assist in its recovery.

Damon grew up in Tracy, and attended Modesto Junior College for three years before transferring to the University of California, Santa Cruz where she obtained her B.S. in ecology and evolution. She has always been fond of spending time around water and fell in love with working outside with fish while working at a conservation hatchery during junior college. She is currently an environmental scientist for the Department of Fish and Wildlife and co-leads three long-term monitoring surveys in the San Francisco Estuary. During the off-season when she isn’t on a boat, she seeks to understand how Delta smelt reproduce. When she isn’t working, she loves to be outdoors and near the water with her family and their two large dogs.

This presentation is free, and the public is welcome and encouraged to attend. The Nevada County Campus is located at 250 Sierra College Drive, Grass Valley. Parking is $3 on campus and permits can be purchased at the kiosk machine at the main entrance to the campus. For more information about this presentation and others in this series, contact series coordinator Jason Giuliani at: jgiuliani@sierracollege.edu. Check out other upcoming presentations offered at Sierra College at http://www.sierracollege.edu/events.

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