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

The Ecological Role of Raptors and the Impacts of Rat Poison, presented by Jaime Carlino.
This ZOOM meeting was recorded. If you missed it, or want to watch it again, here's your link.

Rodenticide use is pervasive world-wide and the costs to rodent-consuming wildlife species such as raptors, as well as pets and children, are high.

Raptors Are The Solution (RATS) is a non-profit organization working with a coalition of NGOs, agencies, scientists, municipalities, and individuals to eliminate toxic rodenticides from the food web. RATS and its regional chapters encourage people to be proactive in managing rodent issues without the use of poisons. As a regional chapter of RATS, the HUM-RATS' (Humboldt Raptors are the Solution) mission is to educate Humboldt County residents about the harmful effects of widespread use of toxic rodenticides, and the critical role played by rodent-consuming wildlife species such as raptors. 
Jaime will give a brief overview of rodenticides, their effects on a variety of non-target species, describe what RATS and HUM-RATS are doing to address this issue, and provide information on how to manage rodent issues without using poisons.

Jaime Carlino is a long-time bird lover who studies wildlife management at Humboldt State University. She investigated Barn Owl nest box selection in California's Central Valley agricultural ecosystems for her undergraduate degree.  Her master’s degree work will focus on Barn Owls in Napa Valley’s agricultural ecosystems. Jaime hatched HUM-RATS in 2019 because she recognized the importance of poison-free ecosystems to the diverse array of wildlife that occurs in Humboldt County. If you’d like to receive updates from HUM-RATS, search ‘Humboldt Raptors Are The Solution’ on Facebook and ‘humrats’ on Instagram. 


In this year of the coronavirus pandemic, 160 home-from-school kids pulled out paints, pencils, pastels, or paste to enter the Student Bird Art Contest.


Due to the coronavirus pandemic, entries for the Student Nature Writing Contest were down this year, but 23 students submitted works of prose
and poetry.

The ko' ko', a flightless bird native to Guam was exinct in the wild, and is now returned and thriving! Photo from the San Diego Zoo.
Second Thursday 
Audubon Society holds its monthly Conservation Meeting the second Thursday of each month noon. They are currently being conducted under the Zoom platform.

In response to the State of California and CDC guidelines that protect against the spread of COVID-19, Redwood Region Audubon Society is cancelling or postponing all gatherings until further notice.  But we still have a lot happening!
Join us for our virtual monthly meeting on May 15 - information on this page.
Try a Bird Sit, a Powerful Mindfulness Practice, presented by Audubon!
Looking for inspiration while practicing social distancing? Try Audubon's Joy of Birds for ideas and wonderful photos!
Would you like to know about recent bird sightings in Humboldt County? Here are two easy ways to make that happen!
Essay contest for high school students sponsored by Western Field Ornithologists. Deadline is May 24.

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!
Details available here.
California Condors will be flying here again - hopefully next year!

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