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Our New AmeriCorps Members have Arrived!

Allie and Emily served their first day as AmeriCorps members at Sierra Streams Institute on September 23rd! They are excited to get to know our amazing network of supporters and volunteers so, they figured they would start with a brief introduction: Allison Hacker has a well rounded background in biology,…...

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Local Artist Showcases Life on Deer Creek, Supports Sierra Streams with Open Studios Drawing

PLEASE NOTE: This post has been updated to reflect the change from a raffle to an opportunity drawing. During the first weekend in October, when 44 studios open their doors across Nevada County for the Fall Colors Open Studios Art Tour, artist Lisa Redfern will be showing a range of…...

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Moving Forward with Protecting Hirschman’s Pond

A Community Update Submitted by Denise Della Santina Since 2010, Sierra Streams Institute (SSI) has monitored flora and fauna and completed stewardship work at Hirschman’s Pond. In 2015, SSI collected and compiled scientific data about the habitat and organisms living there to write the Hirschman’s Pond Land Management Plan as…...

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Assessing Mountain Meadow Health: Karin Emanuelson Reports from the Field

As we walked out into Ellis Meadow, the only thing we could hear was the hum of hundreds of buzzing bees. The bees, however, were not the reason we had bushwhacked up 1,700 feet of elevation and utilized our best orienteering skills to reach this meadow. Our real objective: assessing…...

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Committed Citizen Scientist Turns “Pro”: Congratulations and THANK YOU to Jeff Jenkins!

Jeff Jenkins, an all-star volunteer for SSI and a graduate of the 2016 Cal Naturalists class, has landed a new position as Fish & Wildlife Scientific Aid with the California Department of Water Resources. He will be working in the northern area of the Delta collecting field data for many…...

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Swimming with the Fishes: 1,000+ Baby Salmon in Deer Creek

Over the past several years Sierra Streams Institute has been monitoring salmon and steelhead populations in Deer Creek, a tributary to the lower Yuba River located less than a mile downstream of Englebright Dam.  Deer Creek provides spawning and potential natal and non-natal rearing habitat for Chinook salmon and steelhead…...

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Does SSI have a position on the proposed Centennial Dam? Yes: Follow the Data.

Ms. Kara Hellige U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 1325 J Street, Room 1350 Sacramento, CA 95814-2922 Re: Comments on the Notice of Intent to Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Centennial Reservoir Project Dear Ms. Hellige: The following comments are submitted on behalf of Sierra Streams Institute regarding…...

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Citizen Scientists Wanted for Bear River iNaturalist Project

CALLING ALL CITIZEN SCIENTISTS: We have started a new project on iNaturalist.org that needs your help! If you find yourself within one mile of the Bear River, along the stretch between the Combie and Rollins Reservoirs, please submit photos of any organisms (plants, animals, fungi, etc.) you see in the…...

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Providence Mine Spur Trail Completed

After a long, wet winter, spring is finally upon us (or at least just around the corner). So we are especially happy to announce the completion of the Providence Mine Spur Trail – just in time for hiking season! The spur trail project adds approximately 700 feet of trail, extending…...

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Tracking Chorus Frogs at Hirschman’s Pond

Chorus frogs (Pseudacris sierra) Sometimes they’re called tree frogs, but even though they are capable climbers, due to having somewhat enlarged toe pads, they do not frequent trees. Identifying features: Black or dark brown horizontal stripes extend from snout, through eyes, to shoulders, toe pads, webbed hind feet, coloration varies:…...

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