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Friday, August 27, 2021

The Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission Launches Movie App

Posted By on Fri, Aug 27, 2021 at 2:06 PM

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Here’s something you can do while everything’s canceled, postponed or shut down due to the rise in COVID cases in the area: The Humboldt-DelNorte Film Commission just announced the launch of its Map of the Movies mobile app. The app is based on a printed map brochure of filming locations from the past century in Humboldt and Del Norte counties. And you can enjoy it in a socially distant, outdoorsy way.

Our area has played host to a number of well-known and not so well known films: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, After Earth, A Wrinkle in Time, Lost World: Jurassic Park and others. Armed with the Map of the Movies app, film lovers can venture out to discover local spots where movie magic was made.


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Thursday, July 1, 2021

Friday Night at the Refuge

Posted By on Thu, Jul 1, 2021 at 1:00 AM

Summertime is the perfect time to get out and explore. With daylight lasting longer, there’s more time to enjoy the great outdoors. This Friday, July 2, treat yourself to Friday Night at the Refuge, where the Salmon Creek Unit and Shorebird Loop Trail at Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge will be open until 8 p.m. Enjoy the later hours the first Friday of each month through October.
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Thursday, June 17, 2021

Music, Music, Everywhere!

Posted By on Thu, Jun 17, 2021 at 4:00 AM

This week, COVID-19 restrictions are lifting and so are our spirits. As if meeting the moment, the hills, gardens, bars and parks are alive with the sound of music. Every third Sunday of the month through summer, catch live Music in the Garden in the beautiful setting of Humboldt Botanical Garden. This Sunday, June 20, the featured band is California Poppies performing 1960s pop covers from 1 to 3 p.m. For ticket info, visit www.hbgf.org.

And in McKinleyville, shake out those lawn blankets and folding chairs
for Music in the Park. The family favorite event returns to Pierson Park every
Thursday during summer from 6 to 8 p.m. starting June 17 (free). This week, dance to live music from Blue Rhythm Revue and grab some grub from the Los Giles Food Truck. For more info, visit the event page here.
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Friday, June 11, 2021

Get Outside and Explore with Trinidad Coastal Land Trust

Posted By on Fri, Jun 11, 2021 at 6:00 AM

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  • Taking a photo of rockweed for a bioblitz!
Smell the fresh sea air and interact with some of our coastal creatures this weekend with two fun outings offered by Trinidad Coastal Land Trust. First, there’s a Geology of Trinidad Walk on Saturday, June 12 from 9 to 11 a.m with Danny O’Shea. He’ll take you on an in-depth journey back into the geologic history of the rocky shoreline. Solid. Reserve your spot and find out more at www.trinidadcoastallandtrust.org.

And, get your iPhones ready for the Snapshot Trinidad Coast Bioblitz on Sunday, June 13 (free). Meet Trinidad Coastal Land Trust Ambassadors at Baker Beach between 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. for free coastal species guides, stickers and an iNaturalist demonstration — then head down to any Trinidad Beach to gather observations for the Snapshot Trinidad Coast Bioblitz. Find out more on the BioBlitz here.
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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Photos: Redwood Sky Walk Grand Opening

Posted By on Wed, Jun 9, 2021 at 11:17 AM

Beginning with a traditional Wiyot blessing by former Tribal Chair Cheryl Seidner and ending with the red ribbon cutting by Eureka Mayor Susan Seaman, the weekend-long grand opening of the Redwood Sky Walk began last Friday morning under the redwoods on the newly paved path at the Sequoia Park Zoo.

Three yoga instructors from the Pali Yoga Studio interspersed themselves among participants on the suspended walkways and tree platforms of the Redwood Sky Walk. - PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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  • Three yoga instructors from the Pali Yoga Studio interspersed themselves among participants on the suspended walkways and tree platforms of the Redwood Sky Walk.

Over a decade long in planning and construction, the Redwood Sky Walk is owned and operated by the City of Eureka. Its grand opening ceremony featured speeches by the Eureka city manager and representatives from the Sequoia Park Zoo and the Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation, followed by recognition of donors, several community partners, vendors and contractors. The Forest Four, a local string quartet, provided live classical music. (See a slideshow of the ceremony and weekend events below.)


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Thursday, May 27, 2021

Take a Trip to the Tidepools

Posted By on Thu, May 27, 2021 at 6:00 AM

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Explore, in person, the colorful and diverse tidepools in Trinidad at
Seaweeds and Invertebrates of the Intertidal Zone Walk on Saturday, May 29 from 8 to 10 a.m. Join Allison Poklemba and Michelle Kunst for a fun tidepool experience at Old Home Beach. As COVID-19 precautions are in place, reservations are required. Secure your spot by emailing michelle@trinidadcoastallandtrust.org or calling (415) 717-1838.
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Thursday, May 20, 2021

FOAM Otter Lecture

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

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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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Sunday, April 25, 2021

Friends of the Dunes Presents Naturalist Notes Webinar Series

Posted By on Sun, Apr 25, 2021 at 6:30 AM

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Get to know the diverse flora and fauna of the North Coast. A new web series presented by Friends of the Dunes is a great way to learn about the many plants and animals you encounter while out adventuring. Tune in Wednesdays, April 21 through May 26 from 5 to 7 p.m., for the Naturalist Notes Webinar Series where experts share stories, histories and fascinating facts about the creatures and vegetation of California’s coastal dunes ($10 donation per webinar or $45 for the whole six-week series). Find the series online at www.friendsofthedunes.org/naturalistnotes.

Naturalist Notes Webinar Topics:

April 21 - Orange-Red, Yellow-Red: The Oldest Western Snowy Plover on Record
with Mark Colwell, Ph.D. (Ornithologist & HSU Wildlife Professor)

April 29 - Ethnobotany of Humboldt’s Coastal Environments
with Adam Canter (Biologist & Tribal Botanist with the Wiyot Tribe)

May 5 - Introduction to Lichens of the Dunes
with Loriel Caverly (Botanist, Certified California Naturalist, & Lichen Enthusiast)

May 12 - Pinnipeds of the California Coast
with Claire Nasr (Biologist & California Sea Grant Fellow)

May 19 - Introduction to Native Bees of the Dunes
with Brian Dykstra (OLLI Instructor, Founder of the Native Bee Society, and farmer at a Bee-Friendly Farm)

May 26 - Coastal Vulnerabilities & Resilience of Humboldt’s Dune-Beach Systems
with Ian Walker, Ph.D. (Geomorphologist & Geography Professor at UC Santa Barbara)
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Saturday, April 24, 2021

Humboldt Botanical Garden Presents Online Plant Sale

Posted By on Sat, Apr 24, 2021 at 6:30 AM

“I have too many plants,” said no gardener ever. There’s always room for more. And now the prettiest garden of all is having an online plant sale where you can pick up plenty. The Humboldt Botanical Garden Plant Sale gets underway online April 25-May 8, offering an array of blooming flowers and native plants. Take note, Members Week starts Sunday, April 25 and then the sale opens to the public on Friday, April 30, at midnight. Make your selection online and arrange to pick up at the Garden. Head to www.hbgf.org.
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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
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  • 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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