Topics ranging from fly fishing to mushroom collecting will be featured in free outings offered this fall and winter along Lower Clear Creek.
The events, sponsored by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Horsetown Clear Creek Preserve (HCCP) and other partners, include:
- “Search the for Spawning Salmon,” Saturday, Oct., 23, 9 a.m.: Mike Berry, a wildlife biologist with the California Department of Fish and Game will lead participants on a walk for close views of spawning salmon. He will present information on the salmon runs in Clear Creek and discuss recent efforts to improve habitat. Meet at the Gold Dredge Trailhead on the south side of Clear Creek Road about two miles west of Highway 273 (just west of Sunrise Excavating).
- “Wild Trout and Fly Fishing in Clear Creek,” Saturday, Oct. 20, 2 p.m.: Master Fly Fisherman Mike Mercer will demonstrate the art of “casting a fly.” The owner of a local fly shop, Mercer has 20 years experience fishing locally and around the world. He will discuss the facts and secrets of fly fishing in Clear Creek and the equipment necessary. Meet at the HCCP parking area on Clear Creek Road, seven miles west of Highway 273 (marked by an orange pipe gate).
- “Autumn Natural History Walk,” Sunday, Nov. 7, 10 a.m.: Spectacular views of Clear Creek along with information on native plants and geology will highlight this three-hour walk. Frank Kosko, a member of the Horsetown Clear Creek Preserve board of directors, will lead the outing. Meet at the BLM parking area along Cloverdale Road between Placer Street and Clear Creek Road.
- “Acorns: A Native American Staple,” Sunday, Nov. 14, 1 p.m.: Participants will learn to grind acorns with a mortar and pestle to create excellent acorn dishes. Ted Dawson, a member of the Wintu Tribe will discuss the importance of acorns to Native Americans as a staple food, and surprising facts including use of acorn oil as remedy for poison oak rashes. Meet at the HCCP parking area.
- “Northern California Mushrooms,” Friday, Feb. 4, 1:30 p.m.: Botanist Susan Libonati will help participants identify mushroom species and discuss the safety of eating wild mushrooms in this rainy season walk. Dr. Libonati, an instructor at Shasta College will help identify any mushrooms found growing along the walk. Meet at the HCCP parking area.
Organizers said all events are great for families and children. For information on any of the outings, call the Horsetown Clear Creek Preserve at (530) 241-2026.