Redwood Region Audubon Society

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Welcome to the Redwood Region Audubon Society

RRAS is the northwestern California Chapter of the National Audubon Society, with over 850 members in Humboldt, Del Norte, and western Trinity County.

 

We carry out Our Mission through Fieldtrips, Meetings, our Newsletter,
Special Events
, Data Collection, Education Activities, and Lectures.
Our Membership page outlines some of the many ways you can get involved.

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What's New and Exciting!

2016 RRAS ANNUAL BANQUET:

The format includes a speaker, silent and live auction fundraisers, presentation of awards (Volunteer of the Year and Conservation), and an announcement of RRAS board 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 hour 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. Ken Burton has a radio interview with Dr. Geoff Hill in anticipation of the banquet. Listen to the complete interview Radio Interview. For more information Dr. Geoff Hill see his website at: http://www.thehilllab.com/ .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 redwoodpost@sunddenlink.net with the subject line "RRAS Banquet". 2016 Banquet Flyer Annual Banquet Event Page

 

Rebecca Kimbel regularly video tapes our monthly programs and posts and archives these on her youtube channel. You can view these past programs at: 2ND Friday Talk

 

The Conservation Committe has moved their meeting place to Rita's Margaritas and Mexican Grille in Eureka. The meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month. Our next conservation committee meeting will be at Rita's on Thursday, February 11, 2016. Conservation Committe Venue

 

The February 2016 Official Public Service Announcements

 

The December-January 2015-16 Trip List is hot off the press! View and print the list and start making plans!

 

Winter Raptor Surveys:
The 9th consecutive season of winter raptor counts in Loleta and Ferndale was completed for this winter. Once a month December thru February, we run a standardized 27-mile route and count all vultures, raptors, and shrikes observed within a 1-km-wide transect. Surveys typically run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. No experience or expertise is necessary. All the past and present results are here:

For more information, call Ken Burton at 707-499-1146 or Email at shrikethree@gmail.com.

 

RRAS is now creating a Humboldt County Area Birding Trails. We can use any photos you might have that you'd allow us to post on the website and as well as any description of the particular trail. You can also suggest any additions we missed. Email me Ralph Bucher at: thebook@reninet.com You can see the draft list created by Jim Clark: Humboldt County Birding Trails

 

This year's 13th Annual Student Bird Art Contest informationwhich is Co-Sponsored by Friends of the Arcata Marsh(FOAM) and Redwood Region Audubon Society(RRAS) can be found here: 13th Annual Student Bird Art

 

This years 11th Annual Student Nature Writing Contest information which is Co-Sponsored by Friends of the Arcata Marsh(FOAM) and Redwood Region Audubon Society(RRAS) can be found here: 11th Annual Student Nature Writing

 

SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABLE

Western Field Ornithologists is pleased to announce the availability of a youth scholarship for the Birding the Central Sierra field trip to be held June 20–28, 2016.

http://www.westernfieldornithologists.org/scholarship.php.

 

2015-2016 CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNTS

 

To View results of this year's CBC counts either on the Data Collection page or more immediately:

 

The Christmas Bird Count flyer for December 2015. We've had a great time, see you next year: December CBC

 

Tall Trees: Ken Burton

Hi, everyone.  Attached are the effort and results of the Tall Trees CBC since its inception in 2012.  Please review this year’s data for your area and let me know if anything looks amiss before I submit them.

 
Some observations:
Twenty-seven participants....wow!  The record effort levels surely can be attributed to this exceptional turnout, which enabled coverage of some entirely new areas and splitting up of teams for more-thorough coverage.  We’ve increased our party hours every year; way to go!  It was great to have some boating effort again.  I attribute the decline in owling time to the weather and trust we’ll do better in future!


Once again, I’m struck by the year-to-year consistency in most of the bird numbers, given the vagaries of Christmas counting.  Bear in mind that the numbers are absolute, not adjusted for effort.


Record highs (perhaps attributable in some cases to increased effort):  Northern Shoveler (almost twice as many as ever before), Common Goldeneye, Ruddy Duck, Mountain Quail, California Quail, Pacific Loon, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Turkey Vulture, White-tailed Kite, Northern Harrier, Cooper’s Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Snowy Plover, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Pacific Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, American Pipit, Red-winged Blackbird, Brewer’s Blackbird, House Finch (huge increase), and House Sparrow (another huge increase).  FWIW, we had record numbers of Red-shouldered and Red-tailed Hawks on our last raptor census as well.


Record lows (more meaningful in light of the increased effort):  Green-winged Teal (missed on count day for the first time), Black Scoter, Bufflehead, Red-throated Loon, Horned Grebe, Western Grebe, Clark’s Grebe (missed for the first time), Virginia Rail, Thayer’s Gull, Western x Glaucous-winged Gull, Northern Pygmy-Owl, Hutton’s Vireo, Steller’s Jay, Red-breasted Nuthatch (almost missed), White-breasted Nuthatch, Marsh Wren, Bewick’s Wren (missed on count day for the first time and apparently in steady decline), Varied Thrush, Townsend’s Warbler, Dark-eyed Junco, and Savannah Sparrow (missed for the first time).


New for the count:  Harlequin Duck (count week), Harlan’s Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, Black-bellied Plover, Say’s Phoebe, and Northern Waterthrush.


Thanks for helping make this count happen and I hope to see you again next year!

Ken

 

Tall Trees As Excel

 

Centerville: Sean McAllister

About 45 observers recorded 174  species (about average) during the 54th Centerville Beach to King Salmon Christmas Bird Count on 3 January 2016. Weather was decent, with some rain and much wind which had a decidedly negative effect on land bird detectability.


Below are the totals for each species in taxonomic order (left), and order of abundance (right). Species that were recorded more than 60% of the time over the last 30 years, but were not recorded this year, include:
Lesser Yellowlegs (90%); Ruddy Turnstone; (87%); Short-billed Dowitcher (77%); Swamp Sparrow (77%); Western Screech Owl (70%); Common Yellowthroat (67%); Harlequin Duck (63%); Black Scoter (63%); Marbled Murrelet (63%); Spotted Owl (63%). If anyone had any of these species or any others not included below in the count circle during count week (Dec 31 - Jan 6), please let me know.

Many thanks to all of the participants.

Sean McAllister

Centerville As Excel

 

Arcata DelNorte WillowCreek

 

 

Keep Up to Date Via RRAS Listserv

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. Subscribe in one of two ways: 1) through a Webpage at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/rras/ or 2) via e-mail at rras-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. All posts should give complete information on the event, sponsor (limited to nonprofit groups and governmental agencies), location, date/time, and contact. This site is NOT for reporting bird sightings; other venues exist for that purpose.

 

Field Trips and Events

The RRAS offers weekly, monthly, and yearly field trips and events. Please view our calendar to learn more about what is happening this month.


Full descriptions of our events may be found on our Events page.


Breaking news (including special volunteer opportunities), The Sandpiper newsletters, and archived articles are on our News page. Click here for our latest SANDPIPER newsletter: Latest Sandpiper


The latest Ideas on Sharing Bird Sightings

Elias Elias Has some ideas on the many ways now available to share and receive information on the latest bird sightings. Sharing Bird Sightings If anyone else has some more to add please send them on to me: Ralph Bucher thebook@reninet.com

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Our Mission

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.



To report an injured or abandoned bird, please call the Humboldt Wildlife Care Center at 707-822-8839.

 

*Photos on this page by Leslie Anderson. Do not use without permission of the author.