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!

Friday, December 8 - General Meeting and Potluck

Join us for a potluck followed by a program entitled “Caring for the Wild, One Patient at a Time” presented by Monte Merrick, co-director of Bird Ally X. Found an injured wild animal? Call the Humboldt Wildlife Care Center.
Operated by Bird Ally X, the Humboldt Wildlife Care Center is the only permitted all-species wildlife rehabilitation facility on the North Coast, serving an area larger than the state of New Jersey. The facility cares for over 1200 wild animals each year, from the hummingbird who collided with a window, to the raccoon hit by a car, and the barn owl poisoned by rodenticide. Monte will talk about wildlife rehabilitation and the work Bird Ally X does to teach the public how to keep wild animals out of harm's way.
 
There also will be information about the 2017 Christmas Bird Count at this event.

Potluck starts at 6:30 pm and programs starts at 7:30 p.m. at Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road, Arcata. Bring a dish to share and a mug for shade-grown coffee; we will provide drinks, plates, and utensils. Please come fragrance-free. 
 
To Feed or Not to Feed
 
The Question:  Will feeding birds (including hummingbirds) prevent them from migrating away when they should? - thus putting them at risk in the winter weather?
 
The Response:
It depends on where you are. In areas with more severe winters, winter bird feeding can cause birds not to migrate, and winter ranges of many species have expanded northward as a result. And yes, if that food source disappears, birds can die as a result. Around here, however, I don't think it has that effect since there are other food sources available and temperatures aren't so severe.
One thing to keep in mind about hummingbird feeders, however: Do not offer feeders with perches in cold weather. The birds need to be flying when feeding to generate enough body heat to counter the cooling effects of the cold liquid. Hummingbirds have been seen to go into torpor and fall over dead when perched at cold feeders.
 
Scarlet Tanager Sighting!
 
Keith Slauson found a Scarlet Tanager on Cannibal Island Rd.  Oct 24. Because only about 6 folks currently residing in Humboldt County had previously seen one in the county, this site near Crab Park was the place to be. Even the Dean of Humboldt Birding, Doc Harris had yet to see one in Humboldt, so he joined the rest of us. Also in the photo is Samantha Bacon and Keith Slauson. Notice and photo by Tom Leskiw.
 

 
 
Saturday, December 9, 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, December 10 (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, December 31
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 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.
 


Saturday, November 18, 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 leadesr 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.



 

Christmas Bird Counts!

December 16 - January 5. Pick the area from our local list that you like best, and join in the fun!
 
 
December events, in a nut shell:
 
Every Saturday, 8:30 am
Guided bird walk at the Arcata Marsh.
 
Thursday, December 14
RRAS Conservation Committee 
 
Friday, December 8
Our free monthly presentation introduces us to the Humboldt Wildlife Care Center.
 
Saturday, November 18
Inland Birding Trip - bring a kid! 
 
 
The Student Bird Art Contest was a display of wonderful creativity at the Community Center during Godwit Days. Here are the winning entries.
 
And student writers had a lot to say, too! Read the best of their work here.
 
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.
 
 


 
 
 

 

Keep Up to Date Via RRAS Listserv

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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