Watching coho salmon jump through the Inkwells is like watching a Fourth of July fireworks show: At each jump, people ooh and aah at the electrifying sight. You then can crown the day with a grand finale of your own to a nearby mountaintop.
What started as a cult event a few years ago — salmon watching in Marin — has turned into a show that attracts thousands of viewers. The annual spectacle started this week in the Lagunitas Creek watershed along Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in west Marin County.
You then can top the day with a hike to nearby 1,466-foot Barnabe Peak, about a 5-mile round trip on a new suggested route, with a payoff view that reaches from the flank of Mount Tamalpais to the coast and Point Reyes National Seashore.
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Sudden Oak Death (SOD), a deadly disease for oak trees, is on the rise in California. According to a survey conducted by UC Berkeley scientists, the number of infected trees has almost doubled since 2018.
Matteo Garbelotto, the director of the UC Berkeley Forest Pathology and Mycology Laboratory, has been involved in conducting the survey of 14 California counties (stretching from Humboldt to Monterey) for the past 12 years. This year, two aspects of the results stood out to him.
“We found this year the most sharp increase ever in the number of trees affected,” said Garbelotto. However, this was expected due to the wet winters we’ve had in California for the past two years — the spores spread faster with significant rainfall.