Welcome!

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 to see you at one of our events soon!

Sunday, April 29  Alderpoint Natural History Trip

Join leader Tony Kurz at Ray's Food Place in Garberville at 8:30 a.m. We will form carpools and head up Alderpoint Rd.
The trip will include stops along the road for uncommon breeding birds in our county, such as the Oak Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, and Lark Sparrow. Participants will see the first migrants headed north from the tropics: expect bright-colored birds and singing!
There are no restrooms along the drive until we get to the town store which might have a public restroom. At Alderpoint, we will walk south along the railroad tracks on the Eel River. We sometimes walk two miles to the old railroad trestle where we might see Rufous-crowned Sparrows (the only known area these occur in the county). The group will see spring’s first wildflowers along our journey.
Trip ends around 3 p.m. Please bring a lunch, water, and sunscreen. tonyk_71220@hotmail.com, (559) 333-0893.
 

Saturday, May 5: Bridgeville-Kneeland Road.

David Juliano will be leading this exciting trip on Global Big Day (https://ebird.org/news/global-big-day-5-may-2018). Highlights from last year included Chipping Sparrow, Lazuli Bunting, Western Kingbird, Bullock's Oriole, Acorn Woodpecker, and a vagrant Vesper Sparrow.
 
The whole loop (starting in Eureka) is about 100 miles, with the road from Bridgeville to Kneeland about 35 miles. It is a public road, but passes through mostly private lands, so most of the birding is from the road, very little hiking. Plan on spending 2-3 hours birding.
 
To minimize cars on this busy road, please meet in the Party City parking lot at Bayshore Mall in Eureka at 8 a.m. Carpooling will be arranged at that time. If anyone is coming from further east on 36, they can meet up with the group in Bridgeville. For more information please contact David at semurphy@blm.gov or by calling 707-601-2389.
 

Saturday May 5  Wigi Wetlands Enhancement Invasive Plant Removal

Come join us from 9:30am-noon for a kid-friendly event (7 and up) to remove invasive plants and clean up trash at the Wigi Wetlands.

Meet us behind the Bayshore mall in the Kohl’s parking lot and follow the signs to the wetland. We will provide supplies such as, gloves, trash pickers, bags, buckets, weed wrenches, and snacks. You are encouraged to bring drinking water, sun protection, any garden tools you love to use, and wear comfortable clothes.

Wetlands are a habitat for a variety of native plants and species. They serve as sponges that filter, purify and store water, meanwhile absorbing wind and tidal forces. Overall, the native plants help control water erosion. Wigi was known as Parcel 4. It is the site of an abandoned mill. With the structures now demolished and the new trail open, we are enhancing this wetland.

This event is brought to you by Empower Eureka, E.C.O Eureka, the City of Eureka Community Services Department and the Redwood Region Audubon Society. If you need more info contact the City at (707) 441-4206 or ecoeureka@ci.eureka.ca.gov, or Susan with RRAS at 707-672-3346.

 

May 5 - May 13

Redwood Region Audubon Society and the Northcoast Environmental Center are sponsoring the Fourth Annual Tim McKay Birdathon. Participants can compete in the Birdathon on any day from May 5 to May 13 and can count birds anywhere in the world! Birdathon teams will raise money for the two organizations from sponsors who pledge to pay for the number of bird species seen during 24 hours. To register or support a team, call the NEC at (707) 822-6918 or see http://yournec.org/events/birdathon.
 

Sunday, May 6 - Del Norte County

Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day in the field with leader Alexa DeJoannis. The group will carpool to several locations in Del Norte County, and keep walking to a minimum. We should see lots of songbird spring arrivals and will also look for seabirds. Bring binoculars or spotting scopes, drinking water, and snacks. Trip ends around 1 p.m. Meet at 8 a.m. at Charthouse Restaurant on Anchor Way. Call Sue at (707) 465-6191 or Alexa at (202) 288-5174).

 

Saturday, May 12, Trinidad Head Seabird Walk.
Visit the California Coastal National Monument in Trinidad, one of the most regionally significant areas along the California coast for roosting and nesting seabirds. Join a mile long hike around Trinidad Head, where the group will share in breathtaking views of the Trinidad coastline, while also looking for and learning about the seabirds in Trinidad, their natural history, how to identify different species, and the importance of seabirds and their role as indicators for the marine environment. The trip will also provide a brief history of Trinidad Head and end with a visit to the historical and still operational Trinidad Lighthouse.
 
Walk is scheduled from 9-12 p.m. Please gather at the parking lot below Trinidad Head 15 minutes early. The trail around Trinidad Head is an easy to moderate 1 mile hike. Bring appropriate weather-friendly clothing, wear sturdy walking shoes, binoculars and bring a snack and a drink, hat, sunglasses, and anything else needed for your walking comfort and safety. Contact Shannon Brinkman, Seabird Biologist for BLM and North Coast Seabird Protection Network, semurphy@blm.gov, with additional questions.
 

Sunday, May 13: Fort Bragg Pelagic Tour.

The Mendocino Coast Audubon Society will offer an all-day pelagic seabird expedition on Sunday, May 13, aboard the Trek II out of Noyo Harbor, Fort Bragg, led by Rob Fowler and Todd Easterla.
We plan to assemble at 7 AM and depart soon thereafter, spend about 10 hours at sea, and return around 5 PM. The Trek II is the largest and fastest charter boat operating from Noyo Harbor, offering good views for up to 35 participants and getting us out to sea quickly. Ocean conditions permitting, we hope to go 30 to 40 miles offshore.
The cost will be $150 per person and advance reservations are required. Contact Chuck Vaughn, cevaughn@pacific.net 707-462-8137 or Tim Bray, tbray@mcn.org (707) 734-0791 for more information.
 

Join us for our 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. 
 
May 12 - Inland Birding Adventure
Join Redwood Region Audubon Society with leader Melissa Dougherty in Willow Creek. Meet at Studio 299 (75 The Terrace, Willow Creek) after 9:00 a.m. to arrange carpooling. The group will depart promptly at 9:30 a.m. and end around noon. All ages, abilities and interest levels are welcome! (530) 859-1874 or willowcreekbirdwalks@gmail.com.
 
Sunday, May 13 - Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge
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 at (707) 822-3613 for more information. 
 
Saturday, May 19 - Southern Humboldt
The walk begins at 8:30 a.m. in Tooby Park with leader Kyle Keegan. Take Sprowl Creek Road for one mile out of Garberville and just past the park entryway (McKee Lane) you'll see the Tooby parking lot on the right, which is well signed. If you're late, you can easily catch up by walking towards the barn! The walk is an easy 2- to 3-hr walk. We generally have some extra binoculars. Organic, shade-grown (bird-friendly) coffee is usually provided. No dogs, please. Porta-potty is available on the trail. 923-7227. Heavy rain cancels.
 
Sunday, May 20 - 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 until everyone assembles. Participants will then drive to the base of the Hikshari’ Trail at Truesdale Street and bird along the trail to the Elk River Wildlife Sanctuary. (707) 499-1247 or thebook@reninet.com.
 
Sunday, April 29 - College of the Redwoods
Go birding at the College of the Redwoods. The College campus offers a variety of habitats: shrub hedges, fields, forests, marsh, and pond. Participants are likely to see and hear migrating songbirds, soaring hawks, and wetlands-loving birds. Meet leader Alexa DeJoannis at 9 a.m. at the flagpole in front of Administration. Parking is free on weekends! (202) 288-5174.

 
 


 
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.



 
 
Local Birding Hotline: 707-822-5666
 
Check out a great new birding guide by Ken Burton and Leslie Scopes-Anderson!
 
 
 
Volunteer Opportunities! 
 
Saturday, May 5, 9:30 - noon
Wigi Wetlands clean up and invasive plant removal. See photos of our first work day!
 
May 5 - May 13
Compete in the Fourth Annual Tim McKay Birdathon! http://yournec.org/events/birdathon
 
LOTS of field trips in May! Details on this page, and on the calendar:
 
Saturday, May 5: Bridgeville-Kneeland Road.
 
Sunday, May 6. International Migratory Bird Day spring migration field trip in Del Norte
 
Saturday, May 12, Trinidad Head Seabird Walk 
 
Sunday, May 13: Fort Bragg Pelagic Tour. 
 


 
 
 

 

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