Field Trips and Citizen Science

Field Trip, Photo by Sue Leskiw

We welcome new and experienced birders on our fieldtrips. These trips take place throughout our entire membership area and over 100 are held each year. Lengths range from a few hours to several days.  We also offer one or two low-cost pelagic trips each fall.

Fieldtrips are led by experienced volunteers. Field trips may be more general or concentrate on looking for certain types of birds (e.g., owls, shorebirds, waterfowl, raptors, vagrants).

We recommend newcomers check weather conditions and dress appropriately. Much of bird watching involves watching, not walking. When in doubt, dress warmly. Bring binoculars or spotting scopes if you have them.

Regularly scheduled walks:
Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary (every Saturday at 8:30 a.m. from South I Street parking lot)
Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge (every second Sunday)
Southern Humboldt Community Park (every third Sunday)
Eureka's Hikshari' Trail (every third Sunday).

Field Trip, Photo by Sue Leskiw

Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary
Redwood Region Audubon Society sponsors a free public field trip at the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary on every Saturday. Bring your binoculars and have a great morning birding! Meet the walk leader in the parking lot at the end of South I Street (Klopp Lake) in Arcata at 8:30 a.m., rain or shine. Trip ends around 11 a.m.

Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Join Redwood Region Audubon Society on the second Sunday of each month at the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge. This is a wonderful, two- to three-hour trip for people wanting to learn the birds of the Humboldt Bay area. It takes a leisurely pace with an emphasis on enjoying the birds! Beginners are more than welcome. Meet at the Refuge Visitor Center at 9 a.m. Call Jude Power or David Fix at (707) 822-3613 for more information.

Southern Humboldt Community Park
Join Redwood Regional Audubon Society on the third Saturday of each month for a bird walk at the Southern Humboldt Community Park in Garberville. Jay Sooter (707) 444-8001 and/or John Gaffin will lead this monthly walk. All ages and experience levels are encouraged to participate and revel in the beauty of the park and its avian inhabitants on this easy, two to three-hour walk. Binoculars are not provided and dogs are not allowed. Steady rain cancels. Park by the kiosk near the farmhouse in the main entrance. eeting time changes with the seasons, so please check our calendar!

Eureka's Hikshari' Trail
Accompany Redwood Region Audubon Society on the 3rd Sunday of each month for a field trip to the Eureka Waterfront. Meet leader Ralph Bucher at 9 a.m. at the foot of Del Norte Street, where participants will scope birds from the public dock. Attendees will then drive to the trailhead at Truesdale Street and bird along the trail through the Elk River Wildlife Sanctuary. Contact Ralph at (707) 499-1247 or via email at

For the most current information, please check our Calendar.