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Sunday, April 4, 2021

EV Charger Access Lecture

Posted By on Sun, Apr 4, 2021 at 6:30 AM

Derek Ichien
  • Derek Ichien
The future is electric but Where Will We Charge our Electric Cars? Three HSU grads discuss that and more Monday, April 5 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Online.

Join EV researchers Chih-Wei Hsu, Anh Bui and Derek Ichien to learn how charger access can be maximized for the public and what that might look like for Humboldt County.

Presented by 350 Humboldt. Register at their Facebook page or visit: www.actionnetwork.org/events/electric-cars-could-help-save-the- world-but-where-will-we-charge-them.
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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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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, July 21, 2019

Mandibles and Mosquito Catchers

Posted By on Sun, Jul 21, 2019 at 3:00 PM

Like any collector, I have my unicorns. Near the top of my list was Holorusia haspera, the western giant crane fly. Looking like the biggest mosquito you ever saw, this is an impressive critter. I grew up calling them “mosquito catchers.” As a larva, they live near water, feeding on decaying vegetation in the moist soil. As adults, they are not known to feed at all. These fragile creatures resemblance to the pesky little vampires often gets them killed. I hadn't seen one in years.

The day after I received my newest camera, ordered for its impressive focus stacking capability, I noticed one with a nearly 5-inch leg span on my wall. It was very cooperative so I took dozens of shots using every technique I know for the little camera. Yay, for coincidence.

A giant crane fly with its wings spread to show its abdomen. - ANTHONY WESTKAMPER
  • Anthony Westkamper
  • A giant crane fly with its wings spread to show its abdomen.
A giant crane fly up close. - ANTHONY WESTKAMPER
  • Anthony Westkamper
  • A giant crane fly up close.
A giant crane fly measures up. - ANTHONY WESTKAMPER
  • Anthony Westkamper
  • A giant crane fly measures up.


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