Redwood Region Audubon Society


Field Trips

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Field Trip, Photo by Sue Leskiw

We welcome new and experienced birders on our fieldtrips. These trips take place throughout our entire membership area and over 100 are held each year. Lengths range from a few hours to several days.  We also offer one or two low-cost pelagic trips each fall.

Fieldtrips are led by experienced volunteers. Field trips may be more general or concentrate on looking for certain types of birds (e.g., owls, shorebirds, waterfowl, raptors, vagrants).

We recommend newcomers check weather conditions and dress appropriately. Much of bird watching involves watching, not walking. When in doubt, dress warmly. Bring binoculars or spotting scopes if you have them.


Field Trip, Photo by Sue Leskiw

Regularly scheduled walks are held at the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary (every Saturday at 8:30 a.m. from South I Street parking lot); Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge (every second Sunday); Southern Humboldt Community Park (every third Sunday); and Eureka's Hikshari' Trail (every third Sunday). An eBird survey to Shay Park in Arcata occurs once a month on Saturdays, but not always at the same time of the month.

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RRAS sponsors a monthly program that features speakers on birds, their habitat, and conservation. Talks are free and geared to the general public. Where: The Eureka High School Lecture Hall at the cornor of Humboldt and K Streets, Eureka. Park at the J St. lot, cornor of J and Humboldt and the lecture hall is to the left of the gym. When: Second Friday of each month (except month when annual banquet is scheduled), starting at 7:30 p.m. The December program is a bird identification brush-up for the ensuing Christmas Bird Counts. Check the calendar's details to see if we're organizing a potluck dinner before the lecture.

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The December program is a bird identification brush-up for the ensuing Christmas Bird Counts. Check the calendar's details to see if we're organizing a potluck dinner before the lecture.

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Conservation Committee Meetings

Many of the Chapter's conservation efforts stem from discussions held during the monthly Conservation Committee meeting, held the second Wednesday of each month at noon at the Golden Harvest Café in Arcata. Beginning December 2015 the meeting will be held on the second Thursday of each month. Long-term efforts have included Trinity River restoration; Klamath Basin management and dam removal; fighting plans to build Waterfront Drive through the Eureka (Palco) Marsh; and OHV regulation on local beaches (South Spit, Clam Beach).

Other topics of discussion have included hunting and grazing at Tolowa Dunes State Park; Lake Earl breaching; management of state wildlife areas; establishment of Important Bird Areas (IBAs); Eureka's proposed Marina Center Project; removal of billboards on the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge; Humboldt Bay dredging; and creation of Marine Life Protected Areas (MLPAs) off the northern California coast.

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Annual Banquet
RRAS holds an Annual Banquet, usually in February. The format includes a speaker, silent and live auction fundraisers, presentation of awards (Volunteer of the Year and Conservation), and an announcement of election results. This year the Banquet will be held on February 27th, 2016 at the Arcata D Street Neighborhood Center, 13th and D St. The social will begin at 5:30 PM and Dinner will begin at 6:30 PM. The talk will be given by Dr. Geoff Hill on bird coloration. The ticket are on a sliding scale between $35 to $50. You must purchase tickets in advance. Please call Cynthia Noel at (707) 442-8862 or Email Cynthia at with the subject line "RRAS Banquet". 2016 Banquet Flyer (Not available yet)

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Godwit Cafe at Godwit Days
RRAS operates the Godwit Café at the Godwit Days festival in April. Godwit Days is a 7-day spring migration bird festival celebrating the Marbled Godwit and all the birds of the coastal redwoods, bays, marshes, and mudflats of California's Redwood Coast.

Besides providing hot food and drinks to visitors, RRAS sells merchandise and answers questions about the organization. The 2015 Godwit Days Festival will take place April 15-21. Learn more at

The 2015 Godwit Days Festival will take place April 15-21, 2015.

Learn more on the new Godwit Days website: Note the new url not .com!

RRAS and the NEC jointly will hold the first annual 2015 Tim McKay Birdathon May 1,2015 thru May 9, 2015. Birdathon

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