Auburn Ravine Salmon Video

With some barriers now removed or re-engineered, and another on the list for re-engineering this year, Salmon are lining up on the Auburn Ravine near the town of Lincoln California to eventually find their way back to their ancestral spawning habitat.

The attached video footage provided by Gold Country Films highlights how the efforts of many is making a difference, and what will be, once passage barriers are completely removed in the upper watershed.

As noted this week by a volunteer working to restore salmon habitat on the the Auburn Ravine, the following quote most certainly conveys a message of the voiceless ones:






And, I would like to add this thought as Salmon return to Auburn Ravine.

May beauty walk before us,

May beauty walk to the right of us,

May beauty walk behind us,

May beauty walk to the left of us,

May beauty walk above us,

May beauty walk below us,

May beauty be us.

Bill J









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9 Responses to Auburn Ravine Salmon Video

  1. Chris Mesker December 18, 2012 at 12:26 pm #

    Is Hemphill becoming a problem? I thought they were on board with the vision.

  2. billjacobson December 18, 2012 at 12:49 pm #

    The quote noted above is from a Save Auburn Ravine Steelhead and Salmon member. More information on this can be communicated at

  3. Jack December 20, 2012 at 10:16 am #

    CAF&G Fish Biologist told me Tuesday, December 18, 2012, at the SARSAS General Meeting that Sean Hoobler of CAF&G counted 273 salmon and measured and studied 43 REDDS in Auburn Ravine about Lincoln. The salmon have arrived.

  4. billjacobson December 20, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

    Thanks for the update Jack. This is great news.

    Winter Solstice is a good time to reflect on what has been learned in the past year, and to offer our intentions and desires for the coming year … and now, the coming age. All is well as we work together as a team for what once was, and what can be again.

    Great work SARSAS.

    Winter Solstice

    star seeds scattered in millenia
    serve as backdrop to a new waxing moon.
    big dipper pours silvery sparklets of 
    crystalized dew
    on porches, and yards,
    and roof tops,
    and fields. 

    earth moves to the furthest edge of galactic boundary.
    a border line promises her new life ahead.
    gently, forgivingly, understandingly,
    Mother is prompted to rebound,
    yet once again.

    She asks,
    What have I learned since I last awoke?
    What will I dream if I am to once again awake?

    wcj 12.19.2012

  5. Jack December 20, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

    Our new video of salmon in Auburn Ravine has one great sequence in which many salmon ATTEMPT to get over the long concrete apron below Hemphill Dam upstream for Lincoln, CA; one salmon tries to surmount it and fails, another fails in a different location on the apron, another attempts and fails, another attempts and fails, and finally, one small salmon chooses to swim up the center and fights the current and will not give in, and finally makes it over the dam. and, at his point, tears come into my eyes because of the determination of this little salmon. He was spawned in Auburn Ravine, spent up to seven years in the Pacific Ocean, maybe swimming to Japan, China and Russia, thousands of miles, then returns to his birth place, and with supreme determination and effort, surmounts the Hemphill Dam, and reaches prime spawning grounds in the upper reach of Auburn Ravine, where he creates new life and completes his life cycle, donating his body for food for other creatures and fertilizer for the habitat along Auburn Ravine, that beautiful mixed oak woodland canopy, whose shade make the water temperature ideal for other salmon.
    His life has been a success and his cycle is completed … this is the MIRACLE THAT IS SALMON.

  6. billjacobson December 20, 2012 at 3:05 pm #

    I recall a Clearlake elder who shared this with me some years ago as I spoke about Calling Back the Salmon. He said, don’t forget to tell people your story. There was a time when Salmon and two legged ones spoke the same language. They conversed with one another daily and nightly. The Salmon people said that there will be a day when you two legged ones will forget the language. And you will forget to talk with us. But, there will be some who re-member the language. And there will be some who talk to the Salmon Nation and begin to reunite Salmon Spirit into their lives, their families, and their communities.

    You are a voice for the voiceless Jack!

    Please read Mary’s words about Salmon, she so eloquently wrote some time back:

  7. Jack December 20, 2012 at 3:29 pm #

    Someday humans and salmon will once again speak the same language, and when we do, it will be us humans who are the honored to be able to communicate with our brothers, who have survived so much, are currently enduring so much, but are teaching us humans not only to learn how to endure but are also TEACHING US HOW TO PREVAIL. The salmon wish to teach us never to give up on ourselves and never to give up on them. They are teaching us wordlessly now by the determination to endure and prevail, never to go extinct … we much help them one stream at a time.

    Is there any wonder why are ancestors worshiped and respected brother salmon?

  8. billjacobson December 20, 2012 at 3:50 pm #

    Let us all celebrate our unity with all life, knowing that we are all one.

  9. Mary December 20, 2012 at 4:14 pm #

    What a beautiful series of posts! Thank you from the heart!

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