Free Eagle Tour to Monument and Bear River Ridge in the Cape Mendocino Grasslands Important Bird Area high above the Eel River.
 
Sunday, May 19, 2019
9:45 AM: Meet outside of the Arcata Community Center
10:00 AM: Carpool to Bear River Ridge via Rio Dell
10:30 AM: Stop in downtown Scotia to meet additional participants, and then go to the Ridge
2:00 PM:  Arrive back in Arcata
 
Co-sponsored by Happy Camper Redwood Tours and BirdVentures Guides.  First 10 participants get a free seat in the van.  Additional participants will be encouraged to carpool.
 
This enthusiastic group will venture up where the forests and grasslands meet the clouds.
 
South of Humboldt Bay lies a region known for extensive open ridges between the Pacific Ocean near Cape Mendocino and old-growth Redwood forests along the Eel and Van Duzen Rivers.  This area is recognized by the Audubon Society as an Important Bird Area.
 
Launching from Scotia and gaining elevation up Monument and Bear River Ridges, our group will venture to higher elevations where observers can follow Golden Eagles and other raptors as they soar in thermals and hunt for prey.  A multitude of migratory and resident species of birds and other wildlife await discovery, including a unique, isolated population of Horned Larks.
 
We will visit historic Fernbridge and Eel River floodplain forests on our return to Arcata, seeking Bald Eagles and rare species like Snowy Plover and Yellow-billed Cuckoo.
 
Please bring binoculars and spotting scopes, if you have them.  Please also bring lunch and water for the ride through the Wildlands for about two hours before reaching civilization again.
Send questions to: birdventuresguides@gmail.com