South Fork Siletz Spawn Survey Dates
Beginning in late January, volunteers from the Bluebacks will begin a steelhead spawning survey effort on the Upper South Fork of the Siletz River near the old Valsetz dam site. Survey efforts will be led by a team of volunteers that have undergone field training with an ODFW biologist to spot and record steelhead redds.
Members from the chapter or the general public who have not undergone ODFW training are welcome and encouraged to attend these redd surveys, where our volunteer leaders will provide guidance in how to spot and our record number and location of redds. Surveys generally take about a half day, with groups meeting in Corvallis or at Moonshine Park (TBD by the week’s volunteer leader) in the morning and spending 3-4 hours surveying their assigned reach of stream. While the chapter cannot cover mileage expenses for volunteers, we do offer lunch to all who donate their time to our spawn survey efforts. Participants should wear weather appropriate clothing (it gets WET out there!) and be prepared to hike up to four miles in rugged terrain. For information on becoming involved in the Upper South Fork Siletz Spawn Survey project, contact Julie Nist, Bluebacks Volunteer Coordinator, at bluebacksTU@gmail.com.