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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
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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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  • Photo by Jennifer Savage
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
  • 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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Sunday, April 11, 2021

Art Share April Activities with CNPS

Posted By on Sun, Apr 11, 2021 at 6:30 AM

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The North Coast Chapter of the California Native Plant Society’s 2021 Wildflower
Show goes virtual this year, hosting creative, interactive and informational opportunities to appreciate wildflowers all month long during April. On now, enjoy activities such as viewing Little Free Wildflower Art Galleries that will pop up at businesses and homes around the county, leaving miniature works of your own art in any of the Take-One- Leave-One galleries (map and details online) or Zooming into online wildflower presentations every Friday night in April. Find out more about all of these fun activities at www.northcoastcnps.org.
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Thursday, April 8, 2021

Weekly Zoom Series about the Eel River Watershed Starts this Week

Posted By on Thu, Apr 8, 2021 at 1:30 PM

The Eel River Recovery Project is hosting weekly Zoom meetings about the Eel River Watershed from April 9 through May 28. "Eel Zoom" is a new, happy-hour-timed presentation (bring your own beverage) on topics of interest about the Eel River watershed. Presentation topics include fish population trends, Sacramento pikeminnow management, flow, salmon parks, forest health, salmon run trends, how watersheds work, toxic cyanobacteria and more.

On Friday, April 9, catch the first of these presentations, The Secret Lives of Eel River Fishes Revealed, with Patrick Higgins at 5 p.m. (free).
ERRP Managing Director Pat Higgins would - rather be under water. - PHOTO BY DIANE HIGGINS
  • Photo by Diane Higgins
  • ERRP Managing Director Pat Higgins wouldrather be under water.

About this week's lecture:
ERRP Managing Director Pat Higgins is also a fisheries biologist and has been underwater all over the Eel River basin photo and video documenting fish since 2010. He is a fun presenter and he wants to share the good, the bad and the ugly. Videos of hundreds of Chinook salmon schooling at the mouth of the Middle Fork, swarms of coho juveniles in upper South Fork refugia, huge pikeminnow lying in wait to ambush native fish juveniles, territorial green sunfish dancing, and even balling catfish. Along the way, Pat will address the status and trends of Pacific salmon species and what we can do to help them have a better chance of survival in the face of climate change.
Go to www.eelriverrecovery.org or the Eel River Recovery Project Facebook page for Zoom links.
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Thursday, April 1, 2021

RCAA Plant and Seed Exchange

Posted By on Thu, Apr 1, 2021 at 1:13 PM

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Although a bit windy, these spring days have been fine. Gardeners are in their yards pushing bulbs and seeds into the ground coaxing the colors of spring. Need an inexpensive source for your seeds and starts? Want to help others make their gardens grow? Stop by the Plant and Seed Exchange on Saturday, April 3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Redwood Community Action Agency (free, donations appreciated). The event is COVID compliant. Please wear your mask and mind the one-way flow of foot traffic and social distancing.
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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
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  • 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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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.
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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
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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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