Godwit Days Starts Flapping

Godwit Days Starts Flapping

Bird identification for beginners

(April 8, 2021) My first introduction to bird watching on Humboldt Bay came on a guided April walk years ago offered by the Godwit Days Spring Migration Bird Festival. We paused at a...

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Small Fish Finds a Fishing Buddy

(April 1, 2021) After spending a month of my summer running off to Samoa Beach every chance I got to practice casting my line, fishing alone lost its luster. I had so many...

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Citizen Scientists Outdoors and Online

Following Humboldt's flora and fauna

(March 4, 2021) Imagine wandering around in woods or streams, identifying fungi, plants, insects, wildlife — anything alive. This is what's known as citizen science: amateurs observing and documenting nature. And if you...

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Forward Movement

A recipe for health

(February 25, 2021) I have spent every spring since seventh grade involved in track and field, well over 50 years — a life of studying forward movement through running, teaching, clinics, clinician and...

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Lagoon Challenge

Hiking and swimming from boulders to beach

(February 18, 2021) It was a cotton cloak type of fog, reducing visibility to 30 or 40 feet. Donna and I swam this stretch in bathing suits, "skinning it," without the protection of...

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History of a Rural Half Pipe

How Petrolia got its public skate ramp

(February 11, 2021) Driving the Lost Coast through the spot on the map that is Petrolia, it is hard to miss the community skate ramp. Perched in a field adjacent to the Mattole...

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Sharing our Waters with Other Mammals

And knowing when you're too close

(January 28, 2021) Humboldt County's has one of the richest and most diverse populations of marine life in California, as well as some 135,558 people, plus visitors. My family, like many others, is...

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Our Newest Public Space: Samoa Dunes and Wetlands Conservation Area

(January 14, 2021) You may know it as Dog Ranch or perhaps Dead Man's Drop Forest, but forget that. The parcels immediately to the west of Samoa Bridge are now officially the...

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A Flâneur Wanders the Streets of Eureka

(December 31, 2020) The French word flâneur isn't a word you hear much around here. It originally meant a 19th century male who loitered, strolled and wandered around Paris. Although born 100 years...

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The Accidental Birder

Finding focus and a hobby during shelter in place

(December 17, 2020) I have yet to purchase my first pair of bird-watching binoculars. My Canon point and shoot camera is not fancy. The feature that sold me on it was its telescopic...

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Small Fish in a Small Pond

Learning to fish from a Humboldt community

(December 3, 2020) San Diego's the kind of place that's so big, you're basically just another nobody unless you were at the top of whatever you pursued — at least that's how it...

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A Clam Beach stroll by moonlight

(November 19, 2020) I am a child of the night, daughter of a third-shifter dad who had a penchant for 2 a.m. sky watching. The feel of night is different in unexplainable ways,...

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Swimming with Otters at Big Lagoon

The Lagoonies hit the open water

(November 5, 2020) Blue skies, eagles, osprey, otters — those are the attractions that compel Humboldt caterer Lauren Sarabia to drive up to Big Lagoon and swim three mornings a week. Although...

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Hiking in Place with the Ramblers

(October 22, 2020) The North Coast, with its wealth of natural environments to explore, from mountains and marshes to river trails and redwood forests, is also rich in hiking groups. Recently I checked...

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A Bicycle Ride Among the Giants

Scenery, produce and forest bathing in one trip

(September 10, 2020) At 7 a.m. on Sunday, the forest is quiet, the temperature cool, the road sparsely used by cars. This is an ideal time to ride my bicycle on the Avenue...

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Van Duzen Venture

Hiking along the river and trails of the county park

(August 27, 2020) My spouse and I follow winding State Route 36 on a lovely July day. We, like many, have not been out in a long time and it feels good to...

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