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!

Our Monthly Program - Friday, January 12
“The Secret Lives of Plovers: Tales from Madagascar and Beyond”
Dr. Luke Eberhart-Phillips, postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Seewiesen, Germany,  will take us on a journey into the baobab wetlands of southwestern Madagascar, where he studied the alternative reproductive strategies of three plover species.
Photo shows Kittlitz's Plover in the hand of Luke Eberhart-Phillips Photo Credit: Luke E-P. He will relate these findings to his work on our local snowy plovers. He will also address the practical benefits of understanding breeding behavior in the context of wildlife conservation and management.
The program starts at 7:30 p.m. at Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road, Arcata. Bring a mug for shade-grown coffee and come fragrance-free. 
 
 
Sunday, January 7   Winter Rarities Bird Walk
Led by Rob Fowler, the group will start in Arcata and end in the Ferndale area, concentrating on searching for rare birds that were found on the Arcata and Centerville Christmas Bird Counts, while also enjoying any other bird species seen along the way. Most years participants see around 90-100 species, and even sometimes find their own rarity! Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Arcata Marsh G St parking lot. Bring a lunch and expect to end around 4 p.m. Dress warm; heavy rain cancels. (707) 839-3493; migratoriusfwlr@gmail.com.
 
Sunday, January 7  Lower Klamath River
Meet leader, Ken Burton, on SE Klamath Beach Rd. just east of Hwy 101 at 9 a.m. for a six-hour exploration of streamside, riverine, and coastal habitats. Be prepared for muddy trails and several miles of walking. (707) 499-1146; shrikethree@gmail.com. 
 
 

 
 
Saturday, January 13  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, January 14 (and the 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. 
 
Sunday, January 21  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, January 28
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.

 
 

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.
 


Saturday, January 20, 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.'
 
Coming Events - Details on this page

Friday, January 12
Monthly Program: “The Secret Lives of Plovers: Tales from Madagascar and Beyond”
 
 
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
 
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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