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Thursday, May 20, 2021

FOAM Otter Lecture

Posted By on Thu, May 20, 2021 at 6:00 AM

PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
What’s new with Humboldt State University’s Citizen Science river otter study? Tune in for an update with HSU graduate student Karlee Jewell at Merging Citizen Science and Art: A Year in Review + A Year Ahead on Friday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m. Jewell will share project updates and findings, and talk about her graduate research on our playful pals. This lecture, sponsored by Friends of the Arcata Marsh (FOAM), will be delivered via Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89934694851#success.
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Thursday, April 15, 2021

Godwit Days Are Here Again

Posted By on Thu, Apr 15, 2021 at 10:37 AM

Godwits at the Arcata Marsh. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • Godwits at the Arcata Marsh.
Get your godwits about you, birders — the 2021 Godwit Days Spring Migration Bird Festival is here! The annual event is presented virtually this year via Zoom and runs April 16 through 18 with live-streamed sessions, pre-recorded lectures and more. Sessions include the Big Hour at the Arcata Marsh with Rob Fowler of Fowlerope Birding Tours and Gary Bloomfield, Curiosities and Oddities in the Humboldt State Wildlife Museum: A Tour with curator Tamar Danufsky, and “The Language of Birds” keynote lecture by Nathan Pieplow. The winner of Humboldt County’s Bird of the Year for 2020 and winners in the 18th annual student bird art contest will also be announced. Although free, festival goers are asked to drop a few clams to keep the festival alive and flapping for years to come. Get the full schedule and sign up at www.godwitdays.org.
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Thursday, March 11, 2021

Redwood Region Audubon Society Presents Online Raptor Lecture

Posted By on Thu, Mar 11, 2021 at 7:00 PM

Russ Namitz banding white tailed kites on V Street Loop, Arcata, Ca. - PHOTO BY CHRIS NIEMALA
  • Photo by Chris Niemala
  • Russ Namitz banding white tailed kites on V Street Loop, Arcata, Ca.

Soar with the eagles during Redwood Region Audubon Society’s latest online presentation How to ID Raptorial Masters of the Sky - Eagles, Hawks and Falcons in Flight on Friday, March 12 from 7 to 8 p.m. at www.rras.org/home.aspx (free). Learn tips and tricks about raptor identification on the wing and at a distance, as well as some local raptor viewing spots to practice your skills from Russ Namitz, field biologist, pelagic bird guide and current holder of the Oregon Big Year record of 381 species.
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You've Got Time for This: Dorsie the Porcupine's Snacktrack

Posted By on Thu, Mar 11, 2021 at 12:23 PM

Who makes chewing, smacking, eating-with-your-mouth-open noises delightful? This little guy over at Sequoia Park Zoo. Dorsie, a North American porcupine, enjoys a healthy and musical breakfast of veggies — and illustrates that a certain cuteness factor can override the effects of misophonia, a disorder where people have abnormally strong and negative reactions to sounds like chewing. At least it did in this sufferer.

Dorsie's snacktrack was shared on Sequoia Park Zoo's Facebook page yesterday as part of their mystery audio challenge where viewers try to guess what animal is making a sound based on just an audio clip. Answers in the comment section ranged from red panda to gibbon to beaver to raccoon — with one person correctly guessing porcupine. 

We love it. Thanks for sharing, Sequoia Park Zoo. Snack on and smack on, Dorsie! You're adorbs.

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Friday, March 5, 2021

Bird Walks Are Back

Posted By on Fri, Mar 5, 2021 at 6:10 PM

Lace up your boots and strap on your binoculars, birders, the Redwood Region Audubon Society bird walks are back. This Saturday, March 6, join walk leader Janelle Chojnacki at the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary for an Arcata Marsh Birding Field Trip from 8:30 to 11 a.m.(free). Visit www.rras.org for COVID-19 participation guidelines beforehand then sign up for the walk by emailing shrikethree@gmail.com by the Thursday prior. Reservations are required as space is limited.
PHOTO BY ALEXA DEJOAN
  • Photo by Alexa Dejoan
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Thursday, February 11, 2021

Free Conservation Lectures This Week

Posted By on Thu, Feb 11, 2021 at 8:00 AM

PHOTO COURTESY OF PETER HODUM
  • Photo courtesy of Peter Hodum
There are a couple of excellent conservation lectures on tap this week via Zoom. First up, Redwood Region Audubon Society’s online lecture series continues with Of Puffins and Petrels: Conserving Seabirds of the Outer Coast of Washington presented by Peter Hodum on Friday, Feb. 12 from 7 to 8 p.m. (free). Learn about Hodum’s collaborative research program that seeks to improve our understanding of the tufted puffin, Rhinoceros auklet, Cassin’s and Leach’s auklet, and fork-tailed storm-petrels. Go to www.rras.org/home.aspx for the link. Next, Sequoia Park Zoo hosts Saving the Endangered Giant River Otter: A Community-Based Approach to Conservation on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. (free). Presented by Christina Ward and Ali Kuehn of Save the Giants, this lecture shows where and how the giant (and adorable) river otter can be saved from extinction. Find out more about how to register at www.SequoiaParkZoo.net.
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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Sequoia Park Zoo Conservation Lecture

Posted By on Tue, Jan 19, 2021 at 6:00 AM

COURTESY BEN GOLDFARB
  • Courtesy Ben Goldfarb
Ecosystems need saving? Leave it to beaver. Learn how these buck-toothed rodents of slightly larger than usual size can help fight drought, flooding, wildfire and climate change (dam!) when environmental journalist Ben Goldfarb presents Partnering with Beavers to Heal the Planet, a Sequoia Park Zoo conservation lecture, on Wednesday, Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. on Zoom (free).
As a security feature, lecture attendees are required to have a free registered Zoom account available online at Zoom.us. Prepare ahead of the lecture by logging in and creating your personal Zoom account. On the date of the lecture, simply log in to your Zoom account and then click the provided Zoom link below.
Log in early for zoo updates and information at 6:45 p.m. Join the Zoom meeting at
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86225621519?pwd=L1duWlJaaStSVVM3ZWJhNmttZXdKZz09
Meeting ID: 862 2562 1519. Passcode: 582545.
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Thursday, January 14, 2021

Friends of the Arcata Marsh Lecture

Posted By on Thu, Jan 14, 2021 at 6:00 PM

JAIME CARLINO. PHOTO BY SAMUEL GRIFFORD.
  • Jaime Carlino. Photo by Samuel Grifford.
Repeat after us: Rodenticides are bad, bad, bad. Not only do they kill the intended target (rats), but the poison is also often ingested by other wildlife (and pets) in the food chain. There are safe alternatives to your rat problem. Learn more at the Friends of the Arcata Marsh lecture Rat Poison Is Wildlife Poison on Friday, Jan. 15, 7:30 p.m. on Zoom (free). Humboldt State University master’s candidate Jaime Carlino, founder of the local chapter of R.A.T.S. (raptors are the solution), a nonprofit organization working to eliminate toxic rodenticides from the food web, presents this program on rodenticide use and its costs to rodent-consuming wildlife species and shares how to manage rodent issues without using poisons. Tune in via Zoom at www.us02web.zoom.us/j/2086720150.
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Thursday, July 2, 2020

Sequoia Park Zoo Reopens with Online Reservations

Posted By on Thu, Jul 2, 2020 at 7:06 PM

The red pandas will not be the only ones in masks at the Sequoia Park Zoo starting July 7. Visitors will need to make reservations online, which is meant to limit crowds, and wear masks on the premises. (Do not make a fuss over this — even the howler monkeys find it overdramatic.) One-way paths will be marked and guests are asked to observe 6-foot social distance from other households. Just like Super Salmon is doing.

Zoo mascot Super Salmon having a socially distant moment. - SUBMITTED
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  • Zoo mascot Super Salmon having a socially distant moment.
Read the full press release below.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Humboldt Geographic Facebook Group Offers Risk-Free Adventures, Beauty

Posted By on Wed, Jun 24, 2020 at 11:12 AM


Aspiring photographers, outdoor enthusiasts and science nerds: Please allow us to introduce Humboldt Geographic. No, not the new HSU geography department magazine. This Humboldt Geographic is a new-ish Facebook group where you can post your jaw-dropping photos and videos, learn interesting things about the county’s geography, connect with people who have similar interests and get ideas for outdoor adventures that are unlikely to result in a COVID-19 infection.

Steelhead fry in the Eel River. - ROWDY KELLEY/HUMBOLDT GEOGRAPHIC
  • Rowdy Kelley/Humboldt Geographic
  • Steelhead fry in the Eel River.


Group founder Rowdy Kelley is based in Fortuna but frequently ventures out and about, scouting locations for Humboldt-based feature films, IMAX movies, music videos, promo videos and commercials. He’s worked on the sets of more than a dozen films, including Woodshock, The Majestic and A Wrinkle in Time, along with six TV and movie projects involving Bigfoot. He mostly serves as a location manager but occasionally he’s taken on roles as an actor and even a stuntman.

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