Outdoors

Godwit Days Fall Preview

When: Sept. 30-Oct. 1 2017

For the sixth year, the Godwit Day Spring Migration Bird Festival is offering a Fall Preview. Treat yourself to a fun-filled weekend of birding in Humboldt County. Join experienced leaders the weekend of September 30 and October 1 on any of seven small-group trips (maximum of 10 registrants) selected to cover the area’s best birding locations. Held at the end of the peak period for migrating birds, the Fall Preview is intended to give registrants a taste of the North Coast during a time of year with high potential for rare bird sightings. On Saturday, look for lingering migrants along the Lost Coast (Centerville to Petrolia, including Bear River Ridge) on a full-day trip with Tony Kurz; spend ¾ of a day checking the Samoa Peninsula willow patches for migrants--as well as scoping the bay and ocean and possibly walking out the jetty--with Ken Burton; scour the Blue Lake cottonwoods and Mad River Fish Hatchery with Keith Slauson on a ½-day trip; or do some morning “Arcata Birding & Beering” with Rob Fowler (Arcata Marsh, Arcata Bottom, optional lunch at Redwood Curtain Brewery). On Sunday, travel along the coast during a ½-day trip from the Elk River Mouth to Fields Landing and King Salmon with Nora Papian and Max Brodie (optional lunch at Gill’s by the Bay); spend ¾ of a day traveling north from Orick to Humboldt Lagoons State Park with Rob Fowler; or focus on raptors along Bear River Ridge to Ferndale on a ¾-day trip with Tom Leskiw. These trips by carpool range from $50 to $75 each. Meeting locations are specified in online trip descriptions. To register or get more information, visit www.godwitdays.org and click on the link in the right-hand “Special Events” column or send an email to godwitdaysreg@yahoo.com

Price: $50-$75 each trip

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