The Eel River Recovery Project is a grassroots group that has been assessing Eel River fall Chinook salmon runs since 2012 and a new documentary summarizing their findings will be shown at the Willits Environmental Hub at 630 S. Main Street on the evening of Saturday, November 17. The film will start at 7 PM and will be preceded by a bratwurst BBQ at 5 PM.
The movie is entitled Signs of Resilience: 2012-2017 Eel River Fall Chinook Salmon Trends. It was artfully produced by Alan Olmstead of Sirius Studios in Eureka and provides a window on the beauty of the Eel River watershed in all seasons. Dramatic video footage of salmon staging, running and spawning provides evidence of robust recent runs. The film also captures the enthusiasm of volunteers who helped document salmon runs by joining dives, surveying from kayaks, or doing spawner counts in tributaries.