Redwood Region Audubon Society

Get Involved & Join

Why Join


Family Walk, Photo by Sue Leskiw

The Redwood Region Audubon Society (RRAS) is an energetic community of volunteers from all over northern California.  The commitment of our members allows us to be a strong and effective local conservation organization.

While RRAS is an official chapter of the National Audubon Society, it receives minimal financial support.

By joining the Audubon Society through our membership application, the Redwood Region Audubon Society will receive a $20 reward. (Otherwise, the RRAS dues share per new member is only a couple of dollars.) If you would like to join National Audubon using a credit card, click here.

Members of National Audubon Society that reside in Humboldt, Del Norte, or western Trinity Counties are automatically members of the Redwood Region Chapter.

RRAS also offers local Chapter memberships at a yearly fee of $15. Send a check payable to RRAS to P.O. Box 1054, Eureka CA 95502 with the notation, “Local Membership.” Include your e-mail address if you’d like to be added to the list serve. Local members receive The Sandpiper newsletter, but cannot vote in Chapter elections and do not receive Audubon magazine.

RRAS members receive The Sandpiper, a 4-page newsletter informing members of Chapter events, bird sightings, and local environmental issues. The Sandpiper is published six times a year and mailed out as an insert to EcoNews, a publication of the Northcoast Environmental Center. Back issues are archived on the RRAS website.

Why Volunteer

Our members and volunteers help us carry out our mission. The Chapter offers many types of opportunities to help. These range from long-term assignments to one-time efforts. Below is a list of possibilities – if you are interested in any of these, or want to offer a new idea, please contact volunteer coordinator Susan Penn at (707) 443-9660.

If you could take a few minutes to complete our Volunteer Questionnaire (PDF) and send
it back to us, the effort would be greatly appreciated! Your input helps us shape future volunteer projects.

  • Board of Directors
  • Committee chair or member
  • Field trip leader
  • Newsletter writer, editor, or layout person
  • Webmaster
  • Data collector (bird monitoring)
  • Godwit Café volunteer
  • Booth staffer
  • Organizer for banquet or other special events
  • Auction donation solicitor
  • Habitat restorer
  • Photographer
  • Commenter on environmental documents
  • Speaker for requests by schools and other groups
  • Hanger of student bird art
  • Envelope stuffer

How much do YOU know about your fellow RRAS volunteers? Try to match the volunteer statement (letters A-W) to the name of who said it (numbers 1-23.)- Download the quiz here.

Publications & Merchandise

RRAS offers books, CDs, checklists, shirts, hats, patches, and mugs. Shirts, hats, mugs, and patches feature the RRAS Marbled Murrelet logo. Items may be purchased at the RRAS Godwit Café during the Godwit Days festival or at monthly programs.

Item Description Cost
Common Birds of Northwest California: Del Norte, Humboldt & Trinity Counties (2013) by Kenneth M. Burton & Leslie Scopes Anderson, published by RRAS Chapter. ISBN 978-0-9760380-2-3. This book devotes a full page of text, photos, and charts to each of the 150 birds most commonly reported to eBird in this tri-county area. The volume is arranged in taxonomic order and includes frequency graphs, habitat information, and an abundance photos illustrating age, sex, and seasonal plumage differences. 6”x9” spiral-bound format. $24.95 from bookstores. If ordering directly from RRAS, add $2.05 sales tax and $1 S&H for a final cost of $28. Contact Ralph Bucher at or (707) 499-1247 to order.
Field Checklist of Northwest California Birds (2008) by Dr. Stanley Harris, published by RRAS Chapter. This is an excellent guide to birds found in the northwest U.S. This can be purchased from RRAS, the Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center (569 South G Street, Arcata), or Strictly for the Birds (123 F Street, Eureka) $1
Short-sleeved T-shirt dark green, medium blue, or sand color. Marbled Murrelet logo, Sizes S-L $10
Short-sleeved T-shirt medium blue or sand color. Marbled Murrelet logo, Sizes XL-XXL $15
Baseball Cap Cool Max brown. Marbled Murrelet logo. $15
Baseball Cap 100% cotton green or brown. Marbled Murrelet logo. $15
Travel Mug with lid Stainless steel. Marbled Murrelet logo. $10
Iron-on Patch 3-inch Marbled Murrelet logo. $5
Humboldt County Breeding Bird Atlas The 450-page book -- with 68 original illustrations by local artists -- represents 11 years of planning, field surveys (1995-99), data analysis, map preparation, discussion, thought, research, and writing.
Out of Print Check the local bookstores!
Important Bird Areas book 286-page book published by Audubon California; author Daniel Cooper. $10
Northwestern California Bird Songs CD This double CD set by David Fix and Ron LeValley will help you learn songs and calls to identify local birds. $15
Shirts, hats, mugs, and patches feature the RRAS Marbled Murrelet logo.


The Marbled Murrelet is a small seabird bird that nests in the redwood forests. The numbers of Marbled Murrelet began to decline in the late 1800's when its nesting trees became a focus of the logging industry.

Using the image of the Marbled Murrelet in our logo reflects our mission: a) act to promote a wise, balanced, responsible, and ethical use of natural systems on a local, national, and global scale; and b) protect the biotic and abiotic components of local, national, and global natural systems.