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The Redwood Region Audubon Society is an energetic community of volunteers from all over northern California. We offer free bird walks every week, a monthly program, and numerous special outings. We are also a strong voice for conservation in our bioregion. We hope you will join us!

Friday, April 14 Program

Dr. Katherina Gieder, lecturer in the Wildlife Department at Humboldt State University, will introduce us to the Piping Plover in her presentation: I’m for the beaches and the birds: managing US East Coast beaches for people and piping plovers.”
 
Long stretches of pristine sandy beaches are highly coveted by sun-lovers who make the annual migration to the US Atlantic Coast from Maine to South Carolina. Are these sun-seekers shorebirds or people? They’re both!
 
Beaches along the Atlantic Coast contain many important shorebird breeding sites, and simultaneously are some of the most valuable recreational beaches in North America. Maintaining these often contradictory uses requires a detailed understanding of shorebird ecology, and rising sea levels.
 
The Piping Plover is a small shorebird whose presence compels beach managers to balance its needs along with those of human sun-seekers on these beautiful beaches. The program starts 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.
 
Saturday, April 29  Alderpoint Field Trip
 
Enjoy the birds, plant life, and reptiles of the Eel River canyon on this full-day trip. We will bird along Alderpoint road first and then walk the Alderpoint railroad tracks to Cain Rock Trestle to have lunch and look for Rufous-crowned Sparrows.
 
In 2012 there was a washout along the railroad tracks and it took a bit of work to cross it and it is still in the same shape. Due the heavy amount of rain this winter the washout might not be passable but we will walk to it, at least.
 
Other species like Oak Titmouse, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Ash-throated Flycatcher, and similar birds of dry habitats in southeast Humboldt County can be expected along with just-arrived summer residents.
 
Diogenes' lantern, interior live-oak, and birch-leaf mountain-mahogany will be seen as well. Bring sun protection, layered clothing, and a small pack for carrying lunch and water.
 
Meet in the Ray's Food Place parking lot in Garberville at 8:30 a.m. We should return to the Humboldt Bay area at ~5 p.m. Contact Tony Kurz (559-333-0893; tonyk_71220@hotmail.com). 
 

Saturday, May 13  Seabirds at Elk Head.

We will be searching the rocky shoreline for shorebirds (oystercatchers, turnstones, tattlers) and the offshore rocks for nesting seabirds (murres, cormorants, guillemots). We also will attempt to identify the land-birds and flowering plants encountered along the trail to the bluffs. Take spotting scopes if you have them.
 
Meet Gary Lester (707-839-3373; garys.lester@gmail.com) at the Elk Head Parking lot at 8:30 a.m.
 

Join us for our regularly scheduled field trips and meetings:

Free public field trip at the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary every Saturday. Bring your binoculars and have a great morning birding! Meet 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. Check our calendar to see who is leading this week's walk.
 
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.  
 


Second Thursday

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.


Third Sunday Walk on the Eureka Waterfront
Accompany Redwood Region Audubon Society on Sunday, November 20 for a field trip to the Eureka Waterfront.
 
Meet leader Ralph Bucher at 9 a.m. at the foot of W. Del Norte. Attendees will then travel to Truesdale Street and bird along the trail through the Elk River Wildlife Sanctuary.
 
Contact Ralph at (707) 499-1247 or via email at thebook@reninet.com.

 

 

 
Volunteer Opportunity!
Godwit days is almost upon us, and RRAS is sponsoring the Godwit Cafe again. Have fun serving bagels, muffins, pizza, coffee and other beverages, while meeting birders and enjoying the action.
 
We will be at the Arcata Community Center on Saturday and Sunday, April 22 & 23.

We have two hour shifts open starting at 8:30. The Cafe closes at 3:00, so clean up should be complete by 4:00. Call Susan, 672-3346 or email susanpenn60@gmail.com to sign up for a shift.
 
 
Special Event!
Alderpoint Birding and Natural History Field Trip, Saturday, April 29

 
Another Special Event
Saturday, May 13: Seabirds at Elk Head. We will be searching the rocky shoreline for shorebirds (oystercatchers, turnstones, tattlers) and the offshore rocks for nesting seabirds (murres, cormorants, guillemots). We also will attempt to identify the land-birds and flowering plants encountered along the trail to the bluffs. Take spotting scopes if you have them. Meet Gary Lester (707-839-3373; garys.lester@gmail.com) at the Elk Head Parking lot at 8:30 a.m.
 
Current Environmental Activities
 
RRAS has join California State Audubon and many other organizations and agencies requesting additional conditions on Coast Seafood's proposed mariculture expansion project.
 
 
We are working with the City of Eureka to bring new (bird) life to the Eureka waterfront by enhancing property along the new trail behind the Bayshore Mall.
 
 


 
 
 

 

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Marsh Wren by
Leslie Scopes Anderson 
 
Great Blue Heron by
Jeanie Breslin
 
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Red-tailed Hawk by
Susan Wellington
 
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