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May Audubon Program Features Preservation Of Golden Trout

Written by Scarlett Bullock –

OAKHURST – Fisheries biologist Yos will discuss the history of golden trout and California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s effort to conserve this special species of concern during the May Yosemite Area Audubon (YAAS) Program.

Golden trout are native to select high elevation streams and lakes in the Kern River drainage of the southern Sierra. They are considered to be the world’s most beautiful trout. Its specific scientific name “agua bonita” means pretty waters.

Scarlett Bullock with golden trout

The bright red and yellow-brown volcanic rocks of Golden Trout Creek helped influence this trout’s superb color patterns. The golden trout’s exceptional beauty and brilliant gold color led to their designation as California’s state fish in 1947.

Come discover the gold at the YAAS program on Thursday, May 9, at 7 p.m. at the Oakhurst Community Methodist Church, 49223 Road 426.

There will also be an Audubon Field trip “Birding Along White Rock Road” on Saturday, May 11. Phainopeplas and Lazuli Buntings were observed along the route last year.

Participants will meet at the Mariposa Fairgrounds parking lot to carpool. The field trip will start at 7:30 a.m. and end at noon.

Bring binoculars, walking shoes, water, snacks and sharp eyes!

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