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 you will join us!

Join us on Saturday, February 17, for our Annual Banquet and Auction!

 
 
Doug Forsell, retired U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist, will give a fascinating presentation entitled “Howland, Baker, and Jarvis Islands: Our Most Remote National Wildlife Refuges."
 
These refuges, which Doug managed in the 1980’s, lie within 100 miles of the equator in the Central Pacific Ocean, and are separated by over 1100 miles of uninterrupted ocean. Throughout the past 150 years, a couple of million seabirds have managed to breed there despite many man-made hazards such as rats, cats, invasive plants, and contaminants.
 
 
The islands also have endured a colorful history including being subjected to guano wars, playing a strategic role in WWII, and being the target of biological and chemical warfare testing in the 1960’s. Doug will talk about the natural history of the terrestrial wildlife, as well as the colorful marine life of the refuges.

After receiving a Master's Degree from Humboldt State University, Doug Forsell worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from 1976 to 2012. He has worked to reduce threats to sea birds from invasive plants and predators, sand mining, oil spills, habitat degradation, entanglement in fishing gear, and wind power development through knowledge gained from shipboard and aerial surveys.

The banquet will be held at the D Street Neighborhood Center, 13th and D Streets in Arcata. Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. Meat and veggie options will be offered by Brett Shuler Fine Catering.

Tickets are available on a sliding scale of $40 - $60. To reserve, send a check made out to RRAS to P.O. Box 1054, Eureka, CA 95502, email gary@jacobycreek.net with Banquet in the subject line, or call 707-496-6581. The last day to make reservations is February 15.

 

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. 
 
February 10 - 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.
 
February 11 and 2nd Sunday of each month
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. 
 
February 18 - 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. 
 
February 25 - 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.

 
 


Saturday, February 17, Southern Humboldt Walk in Garberville

Join Redwood Region Audubon Society on its monthly bird walk at the Southern Humboldt Community Park in Garberville. All ages and experience levels are encouraged to participate on this easy 2-to 3-hour walk. Binoculars are not provided but coffee and cookies will be available. Bring water, a hat with a brim, and a snack if you like. Meet leaders Jay Sooter and Ann Constantino at 9:00 a.m. at Tooby Park on Sprowl Creek Rd. If you arrive late, the group will be heading west past the farmhouse, the barn and the horse stable. No dogs please. (707)923-7227
 
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
 
Make your reservations now for our annual Banquet and Auction, which will be on Saturday, February 17! Doug Forsell, retired
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist, will give a fascinating presentation entitled “Howland,
Baker, and Jarvis Islands: Our Most Remote National Wildlife Refuges." Tickets $40 - $60.
 
 
Godwit Days are coming, including opportunities for students!
 
 
 
Current Environmental Activities
 
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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Be reminded about field trips and programs and learn about upcoming meetings, public hearings, and symposia of interest to RRAS members and other concerned nature lovers.

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Our great photos:
 
Great Blue Heron by
Jeanie Breslin
 
and
 
Sanderling and Red-tailed Hawk by
Susan Wellington
 
The 2nd 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.
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