Redwood Region Audubon Society advocates for protection of birds and wildlife by supporting local conservation efforts to protect wildlife and their habitat.

 

The ko' ko', a flightless bird native to Guam was exinct in the wild, and is now returned and thriving! Photo from the San Diego zoo.
 
 
 
In response to the State of California and CDC guidelines that protect against the spread of COVID-19, Redwood Region Audubon Society is cancelling or postponing all events until further notice.
 
Friday, March 13 Program: 
Restoration Planning for Greater Sage-Grouse Populations
    The Greater Sage-Grouse is the largest grouse in North America and has been in decline across the West, losing roughly half its historic range since European settlement. However, the species was removed from the candidate list for federal Endangered Species Act protection due to conservation and management efforts.
 
  Beth Fitzpatrick is an ornithologist and spatial ecologist and is an entertaining lecturer at Humboldt State University. Her classes include spatial ecology, population ecology, and the principles of wildlife management.
   She will share her fascinating work assessing landscape characteristics on breeding site distribution and functional connectivity, which are crucial elements of sustaining genetic diversity in rare and endangered species.
   Refreshments at 7 p.m. and the program will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road, Arcata. Bring a mug for shade-grown coffee and please come fragrance-free.

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Saturday, March 14  “Beginning Birdwatching” at the Jacoby Creek School Garden.
Drop in anytime between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Watch and learn to identify birds as they visit feeders. Everyone is welcome. Binoculars, spotting scopes, guides and other resources will be available. Meet at the Jacoby Creek School Garden, just north of the school at 1617 Old Arcata Road in Bayside. Contact Denise Seeger at 707-499-3613.
 

Tuesday, March 17 Join the “Hunt For Green”

   Celebrate St. Patrick's Day by searching for birds with green in their name or as part of their coloration. Honorable mention will be given in our publications to the person with the most relevant species AND the person with the most individuals counted.
   Birds to be on the lookout for include: Green-winged Teal, American Wigeon, Mallard, Cinnamon Teal, Bufflehead, Pelagic Cormorant, and Anna's Hummingbird. No geographical area restrictions; just get out and bird!
   To participate, please email your results (or a link to your eBird list) to Melissa at learnbybirding@icloud.com no later than Friday, March 20. May the luck of the Irish be with you!

Saturday, March 28, Wigi Wetlands Volunteer Work Day
 
The March work day is cancelled.
Help restore bird-friendly habitat by removing large swathes of scotch broom and other invasive plant species, as well as trash, from a stretch of the bay trail right behind the Bayshore Mall. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the back of parking lot between Kohl's and Sportsman's Warehouse (intersection of Christie and Howell Street). Tools and gloves will be provided, or you are welcome to bring your own. Light refreshments, water, and coffee will be available, please bring your own containers. Work ends at 11:00 a.m. For more information, contact Jeremy Cashen at 214-605-7368 or jeremy.cashen@yahoo.com


 
Second Thursday  March 12
Audubon Society holds its monthly Conservation Meeting the second Thursday of each month noon at Rita’s Margaritas and Mexican Grill, 1111 5th Street, Eureka. (707) 445-8311.



 
Looking for inspiration while practicing social distancing? Try Audubon's Joy of Birds for ideas and wonderful photos!
 
 
 
Organized walks are cancelled till further notice, but the birds are still there! 
Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary every Saturday!
 
 
Student Writing Contest which is held in conjunction with Godwit Days is coming soon! Details here. And you can read last year's entries here.
 
The Student Art Contest is also part of the Godwit Days festivities. Entry information here. And last year's winners for your enjoyment!
 
Would you like to know about recent bird sightings in Humboldt County? Here are two easy ways to make that happen!
 
Essay contest for high school students sponsored by Western Field Ornithologists. Deadline is May 24.
 
Work days cancelled till futher notice.
Volunteer Opportunities!
* Help create bird-friendly habitat at Wigi Wetlands, Saturday, March 28..

Get the great new birding guide by Ken Burton and Leslie Scopes Anderson!  It links well-known and obscure birding sites, some of them only recently opened to the public, into 25 routes spanning the entire county.
 
 
The 3rd edition of RRAS’ Common Birds of Northwest California by local birder Kenneth Burton and photographer Leslie Anderson is now available!
See our Merchandise page for more info.
 
 
California Condors will be flying here again - hopefully next year!

Keep Up to Date Via RRAS Listserve

Be reminded about field trips and programs and learn about upcoming meetings, public hearings, and symposia of interest to RRAS members and other concerned nature lovers.

Create an account at https://groups.io/ if you don't already have one, then search for rras and join us!
 
 
Red-tailed Hawk photo by
Susan Wellington


 
 
 
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