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

August 14, 2020  7:00 pm

Please join us for our next ZOOM presentation!
Planning Future Restoration for Long-Term Survival of Greater Sage-Grouse with Beth Fitzpatrick.

Populations of Greater Sage-Grouse, the largest grouse in North America, have been declining across the West; its distribution reduced by about 50% since European settlement. In the spring, sage-grouse males dance and display at sites called leks in an attempt to attract females. If sage-grouse are to survive, their lek sites, nesting sites, wintering sites, and the landscape connections between them need to remain intact. 

In this presentation, Beth Fitzpatrick will talk about her work in identifying areas important to the Greater Sage-Grouse by assessing the influence of landscape characteristics on sage-grouse breeding site distribution and on connectivity between populations.

Beth Fitzpatrick is an ornithologist and spatial ecologist.  A PhD candidate at the University of Wyoming, she recently taught classes on spatial and population ecology and wildlife management at Humboldt State University.

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 "Breeding Birds and Climate in Southern California: 1968-2013" with Frank Fogarty.
This program was recorded. If you missed it, you can view it by going to this LINK.
It is often assumed that climate change will negatively affect many organisms in arid regions as they become warmer and drier. In reality, these responses likely will vary among species and populations.
Frank Fogarty, a doctoral candidate at University of California, Davis and lecturer at Humboldt State University, will be presenting his recently published work on the effects of long-term variation in both temperature and precipitation in southern California on the abundance of 41 breeding bird species.
Among the species of birds that appear to be significantly impacted by climate variation in southern California are the Black-throated sparrow, Gambel's quail, and Loggerhead shrike.
All photos by Frank Fogarty.
Saturday, July 25   Wigi Wetlands Restoration Work Days Return!
Help reduce the spread of invasives at Wigi Wetlands by cutting flowers! 
The meadow which we largely cleared of Scotch broom is filling in with wild radish. At this point it is blossoming, but hasn't set seed.
We do have a little Scotch broom in bloom, Klamath weed is growing along the trail, and the birdsfoot trefoil is invading the wetlands!
The good news is that the plants haven't produced much seed yet, so by getting rid of the flowers we can save ourselves a LOT of future work!
New protocols will be in place. We will be practicing social distancing, wearing masks (extras will be provided if needed) and asking people to bring their own work gloves. We will also limit the number of volunteers to 10. We will meet, as usual, at 9:00 am. If more than 10 people would like to work, we will add a 9:30 start time to keep the group sizes small. Please email Jeremy at if you plan to be there so we can make it a safe and productive work day!
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.

Saturday, July 25 - Wigi Wetlands Restoration Work Days Continue! Details on this page.

Would you like to know about recent bird sightings in Humboldt County? Here are two easy ways to make that happen!

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.

Keep Up to Date Via RRAS Listserve

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.

Create an account at if you don't already have one, then search for rras and join us!
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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!
California Condors will be flying here again - hopefully next year!