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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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Monday, October 26, 2020

Witches Float: Photos from the Witches Paddle

Posted By on Mon, Oct 26, 2020 at 1:39 PM

A coven of witches gathered on Saturday afternoon at the Eureka Boat Basin public boat launch for the inaugural Witches Paddle in kayaks and canoes, and on stand-up paddle boards on Humboldt Bay. The local version of a nationwide event on the last weekend before Halloween headed east on the incoming tide to the the Samoa Bridge Boat Launch near Halvorsen Park before returning to the put-in location. (See the slideshow below.)
These well-dressed witches on stand-up paddle boards headed back to the put-in location after turning around at the Samoa Bridge Boat Launch near Halvorsen Park. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • These well-dressed witches on stand-up paddle boards headed back to the put-in location after turning around at the Samoa Bridge Boat Launch near Halvorsen Park.

"I was motivated to start this local version of the Witches Paddle on the day Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg died," said event organizer Jody Himango, who lives on the Samoa Peninsula. "Next year I'd like to do it as a fundraiser." The event poster invited participants to "Take to the streets and the water. Let's demonstrate our strength and solidarity in a fun, beautiful way."

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Virtual Veils: Photos of Saturday's Remote Dance Performance

Posted By on Tue, Oct 20, 2020 at 7:07 PM

My original plan for Saturday evening was to stay home and watch the live-streamed Arcata Playhouse Arts presentation Intersections, Where We Meet. The Playhouse's theater venue has been closed for months and I was intrigued by the potential of seeing more than 40 performers and eight pieces featuring dancers, classical musicians, storytellers, a clown, poets and artists from secret locations all over Arcata, a local beach and Southern California — all from home.
Isadora Sharon spun around while rehearsing "Veil/Re-Veil" on Moonstone Beach before sunset Saturday. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
  • Photo by Mark Larson
  • Isadora Sharon spun around while rehearsing "Veil/Re-Veil" on Moonstone Beach before sunset Saturday.

And then Mother Nature stepped in, offering a warm, wind-free late afternoon that took my wife and I out of the house with cameras in hand to watch the sunset at Moonstone Beach. There we came across our favorite dancer Shoshanna on the beach and she confirmed, yes, this indeed was the secret location for her improvisational dance performance for the Arcata Playhouse's virtual event. (See the slideshow of the sunset rehearsal and performance below.)

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Saturday, October 3, 2020

Action! (With Some Distance)

Posted By on Sat, Oct 3, 2020 at 6:25 PM

The city of Eureka posted on its Facebook page that sections of Sequoia Park and its trails will be closed on Saturday, Oct. 3 and Tuesday, Oct. 6, when one of two film crews — it's not stated which — will be shooting at the location. The Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission had previously announced Humboldt would be hosting a couple of crews and that they would be following COVID-19 safety protocols, including working in pods, isolated from the community. Read more about it here
The crew of "A Wrinkle in Time" filming at Sequoia Park in 2016. - FILE
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  • The crew of "A Wrinkle in Time" filming at Sequoia Park in 2016.
One of the films being shot locally is Afterward, based on the true local story of the Quigley family, whose 9-year-old daughter, Nicole, was killed in an accident caused by street racing in 2008 on State Route 299. It stars Terence Howard, Aaron Eckhart and George Lopez.


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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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Sunday, June 7, 2020

The Mateel Presents Summer Arts Video Tribute on YouTube

Posted By on Sun, Jun 7, 2020 at 5:09 PM

Missing the Summer Arts and Music Festival this year? You're not alone. The beloved two-day event, typically presented the first weekend in June for the last 44 years, was cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Originally scheduled for June 6 and 7, 2020, the event sees the Benbow State Recreation Area moving and grooving with throngs of art and music lovers and ushers in summer in the redwoods. It is a Southern Humboldt institution and one of the largest fundraisers for the Mateel Community Center with big musical acts, dozens of food, art and craft vendors, dance performances, health and wellness areas, kids' activities and more. Its cancellation is a big loss for the center and the community.

Even though this year's event has been cancelled, the Mateel Community Center has made it so SAMF revelers can reminisce about the good times and hopefully still get their fix. The Mateel is presenting a video tribute of Summer Arts and Music Festivals from years past on its YouTube channel: youtube.com/c/mateelcc or at mateel.org.  The tribute includes over two dozen artists including The Real Sarahs, Durand Jones & the Indications, Garbervillle Town Band, Jah9, Delhi 2 Dublin, Lost Coast Marimbas, Afrolicious, Candelaria, John Popper & Object Heavy, Carolyn Wonderland, Brothers Comatose, Motherlode featuring Fred Wesley and Nakho & Medicine for the People.


In a press release about the tribute, Mateel Community Center Board of Directors and staff had this message: "We look forward to the time when we can celebrate together again and hug and love one another. If you’re not already a member please support us and become one, or if you would like to give a donation, we would be very honored to receive it, please visit our website at mateel.org. ... The Mateel will be open as soon as we can. Enjoy, be happy, be well, be love
and be the change we wish to see in the world."
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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Kinetic Grand Championship Goes the Social Distance

Posted By on Tue, Mar 31, 2020 at 4:21 PM

Hang your heads, for the Kinetic Grand Championship Race as we know it will not take place this year with an Arcata Plaza kickoff and all its attending fanfare. Instead, as Queen Professor President Kati Texas stated in a press release, a three-day Kinetic Sculpture in Place event will take place online, with teams completing challenges on video with their human-powered art mobiles from May 23-25.
"Artists, engineers, athletes, and Glory hogs of all ages will compete in the traditional categories of Art, Speed, Engineering, and Pageantry plus some online exclusive awards just for this year (we all hope.)," the release reads. Whether shelter-in-place orders would mean teams would have to be restricted to household members is yet to be seen. The Memorial Day weekend will also include a Kinetic Kids Challenge, a Remote-abaga Ball Live and viewing documentary and other footage from the Kinetic Museum Eureka. Enjoy Mark McKenna's slideshow of kinetic madness from last year and let it buoy you like a giant floating dragon/horse/crab thing full of exhausted, sunburned people pedaling and paddling as fast as they can.

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