Two of the Napa River’s most well-traveled fish — Chinook salmon and the federally threatened steelhead trout — will be the subject of talks this month.

Jonathan Koehler, senior biologist at the Napa County Resource Conservation District, will report on how these ocean-going fish are faring and what humans can do to improve their habitat.

He will be speaking Wednesday from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Napa County Library’s Community Meeting Room, 580 Coombs St., Napa, and Feb. 27, 7 to 8 p.m., at the Upper Valley Campus of Napa Valley College, Room 7A, 1088 College Ave., St. Helena.

For those who want to get close to fish habitat, the Resource Conservation District will hold open houses at its Napa River rotary screw trap, a device that is used to catch, measure and release fish as part of efforts to determine the river’s health.

The open houses will be on two Saturdays, March 30 and April 6, from 9 to 10 a.m. For a reservation and directions, call Stephanie Turnipseed at 252-4188, ext. 111.

Also, Koehler will lead an exploration of the Dry Creek watershed on Feb. 24, starting at Enchanted Hills Camp, 3410 Mt. Veeder Road, at 11 a.m. There will be a guided hike, then refreshments and an indoor presentation.

For a reservation, call 252-4188, ext. 116 or email

A hike of the Redwood Creek watershed is scheduled for March 23 at Archer Daniel Preserve, with more information forthcoming.

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