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Grunion Greeters needed

Volunteer “Grunion Greeters” are needed to experience a grunion run and witness the remarkable behavior of the silvery little fish as they come completely ashore to spawn. All volunteers must attend a workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. April 14 at Birch Aquarium at Scripps, La Jolla. Registration is required by April 7.

Grunion Greeters will monitor local beaches and collect basic information for about two hours during a grunion run. Peak spawning season typically occurs from April through early June. The grunion runs occur late at night, twice a month, after the highest tides associated with a full or new moon before spawning season. (Must be at least 18; R.S.V.P.'s required). Greeters choose the nights and beaches to monitor from a list of predicted spawning nights. After observing a run, greeters then submit information collected via an online form and a phone “hotline.”

To register, send an e-mail with your full name, phone and mailing address to melissastuder@san.rr.com. Write the workshop location in the subject line.