After more than a year of deliberation, the Redwood Region Audubon Society Board decided to cancel the RRAS Rare Bird Alert Phone Number (707-822-5666).

If you have tried to call the Redwood Region Audubon Society Rare Bird Alert phone number (707-822-5666) after August 31, 2019, there is only a busy signal. Since this was an “internet” phone number it appears that a message saying the number is no longer in service, or another more specific message was not available. However, we will be checking into this to see if a message can be added to end any confusion.

The board felt that with other rare bird alerts such as nwcalbirds@groups.io, ebird rare bird alerts, social media options, and the declining use of the phone number, it was no longer worth the cost to keep the RRAS Rare Bird Alert up and running.

If you haven’t already signed up for Humboldt County ebird rare bird alerts, go here: https://ebird.org/alert/summary?sid=SN35777.  There are options for how frequently to get updates.

The RRAS Board is sorry for any confusion over what happened to the Rare Bird Alert phone number.

I just want to reflect that we have come along way in getting the word out about local rarities. In the early 1990s the rare bird alert consisted of a phone tree. This was replaced by the Rare Bird Alert/Birdbox phone number.

Thank you to everyone who was involved in keeping the RRAS Rare Bird Alert/Birdbox up and running and to all those who used the service.

Gail Kenny