Winter birds: tundra swans, snow geese, stilts, ibis. Thousands of crazy, cacophonous water fowl resting on their winter migration south. Preening, feeding, floating, flying, stomping rice into the sodden earth, fertilizing. Just north of Marysville with the Dept. of Fish and Wildlife.
The opening of the fish ladder at Nimbus Hatchery is an amazing event, with hoards of salmon eager to fulfill their biological destiny. On another day, a 10 1/2 mile canoe trip from Sailor Bar, just downstream from the hatchery, to Bradshaw. I lived near the American River for 25 years, biking, jogging, and I’ve never seen such incredible numbers of Chinook. Read my essay in the Sacramento Bee.
The ubiquitous cycle of life, from biological imperative to food chain.
Nimbus fish hatchery today, opening the gates for returning salmon.