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Redwood Creek travels gently down from the slopes of Mount Tamalpais and out with the tide at Muir Beach. But every year, the Point Reyes Fisheries Crew watches as the creek’s waters come to life, disturbed by salmon returning home. From the banks of the creek, Tara Blake and Natale Urquhart could tell that this was going to be a record-breaking year for salmon. In this article, hear from Tara and Natale, two Point Reyes Fisheries Crew team members, about the importance of long-term monitoring programs, communicating research findings to the public, and including diverse voices in science.