The first “Calling Back the Salmon” Festival was held on October 5 & 6 at McBean Park. Sponsored by the Wildlife Heritage Foundation, the Salmon Festival brings the Lincoln community together “to learn about and celebrate the ecological health of Auburn Ravine and to make a ‘call’ to the Salmon that once thrived there.”
Saturday activities included arts and crafts, fly-tying and fly-casting, live animal exhibits, information from public agencies and non-profit organizations and live music. On Sunday morning, the Festival hosted a gathering at McBean Park for a time of reflection and a spiritual blessing to call back the salmon.
In conjunction with the Salmon Festival, the Art League of Lincoln is hosting a Calling Back the Salmon art show. The art show runs from October 2 – November 1, 2013 at the Art Center of Lincoln located at 580 Sixth Street in downtown Lincoln. The opening reception is on Wednesday, October 9; the reception opens at 5:00 p.m. for Art League members and 6:00 p.m. for the general public.
The Auburn Ravine was once home to migrating salmon and steelhead, but the waterway has become all but impossible for the fish to navigate, due to the many barriers introduced by development. The Wildlife Heritage Foundation has succeeded in installing a fish ladder at the Lincoln Gauging Station in Auburn Ravine Park, near the dog park. This modification has allowed salmon to re-enter the Auburn Ravine in the Lincoln area. In 2012, 277 salmon were counted in the Auburn Ravine.
The Wildlife Heritage Foundation is a non-profit organization and also provides nature walks and education programs. More information is available at their website.
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