Redwood Region Audubon Society advocates for protection of birds and wildlife by supporting local conservation efforts to protect wildlife and their habitat.

Over 100 people turned out on a beautiful August afternoon for our Bird-Friendly Yards Tour. Here are a few photos of this great event.
Friday, September 13 Program:  “The Effects on Forest Wildlife from Cannabis Cultivation on Public Lands” with Dr. Greta Wengert.
The deleterious impacts to wildlife from cannabis “trespass grows” on public lands have only recently been identified as a wildlife conservation issue. Water diversions, poisonings, and habitat modification at cannabis sites are common throughout California’s public and adjacent private lands.  The research on this by Dr. Greta Wengert and others at the Integral Ecology Research Center in Blue Lake was featured in a recent National Geographic video.  IERC scientists are monitoring several groups of forest wildlife to determine the effects of these illegal activities on the forest food web. They have found that the combined impacts to forest communities are extensive and likely run deeper and more covertly than previously thought.
Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the program will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road, Arcata. Bring a mug to enjoy shade-grown coffee and come fragrance-free.
Sunday, September 7  Blue Lake Cottonwoods Walk
Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the Blue Lake Cottonwoods; park by the Mad River Bridge. After about an hour we'll move to the hatchery. Walk ends around 11 a.m. Contact for more information.
Sunday, September 8: Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge (HBNWR).  
This is a wonderful 2-to 3-hour trip for people wanting to learn the birds of the Humboldt Bay area. This month the walk will be led by Ralph Bucher. It takes a leisurely pace with emphasis on enjoying the birds! Beginners are more than welcome. Meet at the Refuge Visitor Center at 9 a.m.
Saturday, September 14: Willow Creek Bird Walk
Meet at Studio 299 (75 The Terrace, Willow Creek) starting at 9 a.m. We will depart promptly at 9:30 for our destination; carpooling available. Walks generally run 2-3 hours. All ages, abilities and interest levels welcome!  For more information, please contact Birgitte Elbek at 707-267-4140 or email
Sunday, September 15:  Eureka Waterfront Bird Walk
Meet at 9:00 a.m. by the concrete fishing pier at the foot of W. Del Norte St., where we will scope for birds off the public dock until everyone assembles. We will then walk the Hikshari’ Trail to the south, birding along the trail towards the Elk River Wildlife Sanctuary. Contact Ralph Bucher at 707-499-1247 or email for more information. 
Sunday, September 15:  Crescent City Bird Walk
Meet behind the Chart Room Restaurant on Anchor Way at 8:00 a.m. to carpool. Expect some easy walking; trip ends around 11:00 a.m. Contact Alexa DeJoannis at 202-288-5174 for more information.
Saturday, September 28:  Wigi Wetlands Restoration
Help restore bird-friendly habitat by removing large swathes of scotch broom and lots of other invasive plant species, as well as trash, from a stretch of the bay trail right behind the Bayshore Mall. Meet us at 9:00 a.m. at the back of parking lot between Kohl's and Sportsman's Warehouse (intersection of Christie and Howell Street). Tools and gloves will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own. Light refreshments, water, and coffee will be provided, but please bring your own water jug. Work ends at 11:00 a.m. For more information, contact Jeremy Cashen at (214) 605-7368 or
Second Thursday  September 12
Redwood Region Audubon Society holds its monthly Conservation Meeting the second Thursday of each month noon at Rita’s Margaritas and Mexican Grill, 1111 5th Street, Eureka. (707) 445-8311.

Check recent local bird sightings on eBird!
How do we create Bird-Friendly Yard and Communities? Find out on our Bird-Friendly Yards Tour, Saturday, August 17, Noon to 4:00!
Join our free bird walk at the
Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary every Saturday!
Volunteer Opportunities!
* Help create bird-friendly habitat at Wigi Wetlads, Saturday, August 24..

Local Birding Hotline: 707-822-5666
Get the great new birding guide by Ken Burton and Leslie Scopes Anderson!  It links well-known and obscure birding sites, some of them only recently opened to the public, into 25 routes spanning the entire county.
The 3rd edition of RRAS’ Common Birds of Northwest California by local birder Kenneth Burton and photographer Leslie Anderson is now available!
See our Merchandise page for more info.
California Condors will be flying here again - hopefully next year!

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Our great photos:
Great Blue Heron by
Jeanie Breslin
Sanderling and Red-tailed Hawk by
Susan Wellington