Saturday, April 30: Alderpoint.

Enjoy the birds, plant life, and reptiles of the Eel River canyon on this full-day trip along Alderpoint Road and south of the town of Alderpoint. We will bird select locations along Alderpoint Road first and then walk the Alderpoint railroad tracks to Cain Rock Trestle to have lunch and look for Rufous-crowned Sparrows. In 2012 there was a washout along the railroad tracks, and it still takes a bit of work to cross it. Other species like Oak Titmouse, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Ash-throated Flycatcher, and similar birds of dry habitats in southeast Humboldt County can be expected, along with just-arrived summer residents.
 
Diogenes’ lantern, interior live-oak, and birch-leaf mountain-mahogany will be seen as well. Take sun protection, layered clothing, and a small pack for carrying lunch and water.
 
Meet in the Ray’s Food Place parking lot in Garberville at 8:30 a.m. We should return to the Humboldt Bay area late-afternoon (~5 p.m.) For more information, contact Tony Kurz ([559] 333-0893; tonyk_71220@hotmail.com).