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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 free lecture series (held the second Friday of every month, except February, when the annual banquet is scheduled September-May). These programs – which feature speakers on birds and their conservation – are intended for the general public.
Where: Humboldt County Office of Education near the Burre Center at the intersection of Myrtle Avenue and West Avenue in Eureka.
When: Second Friday monthly except February; starting at 7:30 p.m.
Access Humboldt has begun taping the monthly RRAS lecture and posting it to YouTube.
Lecture: Rebecca Kimbel produces an educational program for all bird and nature lovers. Ted Cheeseman of Cheeseman Ecology Safaris is the presenter of this RRAS monthly lecture, "Diving with Penguins & Soaring with Albatrosses," given on November 8, 2013. It discusses what it takes to be a seabird in the vast, unforgiving desert of the open ocean.
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.
Many of the Chapter's conservation efforts stem from discussions held during the monthly Conservation Committee meeting, held the third Thursday of each month at noon at the Golden Harvest Café in Arcata. 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.
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.
Godwit Cafe at Godwit Days
RRAS operates the Godwit Café at the Godwit Days festival in April. Godwit Days is a three-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 2014 Godwit Days Festival will take place April 17-23.
Learn more on the new Godwit Days website: www.godwitdays.org. Note the new url ending--.org not .com!