Once upon a time… not so very long ago… salmon by the millions every year passed through San Francisco Bay as they traveled between the open ocean and their spawning grounds in California's rivers and streams. So many salmon… people used to say… that you could walk across their backs to cross rivers like the Sacramento and the San Joaquin. Wetlands around the Bay served as important nurseries where small juvenile salmon…after coming down the rivers of their birth… could retreat and hide from predators in the shade of marsh plants… and feed and grow until they were large enough to venture out safely to the sea. Then the rivers were dammed, wetlands were destroyed and the floods of salmon became a mere trickle. In recent decades… saving salmon from extinction has become an important public goal… and new wetlands such as these will play important roles in giving salmon a chance to survive and thrive in the decades ahead. Once again, Hamilton Wetlands will welcome and protect young salmon in hopes that our children's children will have a chance to witness the extraordinary cycle of life of an iconic fish that has nurtured humanity in this neighborhood since the first native Miwok people arrived… many thousands of years ago. Just up the trail we'll take to the air and talk about birds who love these new wetlands… and some early birds who got a big head start here.