Godwit Days Monday Events

Celebrate the Marbled Godwit and explore the lush Redwood Coast. Observe many bird species and wildlife through our selection of field trips, lectures, workshops, and boat excursions led by experienced local guides.

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MONDAY EVENTS:

MO91 Birding Arcata Marsh and Surroundings - $6 6:30am - 9:30am
Leader: Daryl Coldren 
The greater Marsh area including the Oxidation Ponds will be visited early to get the best birding action. Shorebirds and ducks are present in numbers and the variety of other “little birds” is great. The footpaths boast the tamest Golden-crowned Sparrows around. This pre-breakfast trip is planned to catch the dawn chorus in full swing at the Arcata Marsh & Wildlife Sanctuary. The Brackish Pond is part of the expansion of the Marsh project and we will check here before heading out along the V Street Loop and the Arcata Bottoms. 

MON92 NE California Lava Beds (Day One) - $95 7:00am - 6:00 pm
Leaders: Rob Hewitt, Chet Ogan 
This trip heads for the Klamath Basin along Hwy 299, first to Redding then up to Weed past Mt. Shasta. Hwy 97 will take us to Grass Lake and the Butte Valley. The evening will be spent at the Tule Lake NWR where we will stay at Winema Lodge (not included in trip fee). The day starts with birding Friday Ridge Road, Lee Fong Park, and the Straw House along Hwy 299, with stops for restrooms and coffee. Kutras Lake and Turtle Bay will be the picnic lunch stop in Redding (12-1 pm). Weed and Grass Lake (2-3 pm), Butte Valley (4pm), Klamath NWR (5-6 pm), and an evening meal will be waiting for us at the lodge (6-7pm). The variety of habitats and species expected to be seen will include the following not typical of our coastal area: Yellow-billed Magpie, Oak Titmouse, Hooded Oriole, Nuttall’s Woodpecker, Swainson’s Hawk, Bald Eagle, Black-billed Magpie, White-faced Ibis, and Sandhill Crane. 

MON93 Humboldt Lagoons State Park Field Trip-Stone Lagoon - FREE 7:30am - 12:30pm
Leader: Jay Harris, California State Parks
Stone Lagoon is located on Hwy 101 between Trinidad and Orick. It has great birding with a mix of riparian hardwood, open freshwater, strong conifer influence and the shore. The trip will also check out Dry and Big Lagoons along this exquisite drive. Ring-necked Ducks often hunker down in the reed beds, forest passerines will include Chestnut-backed Chickadees and Pacific Slope Flycatchers, and Varied and Swainson’s Thrush will serenade. . 

MON94 Shorebird Spectacle at the Marsh - $12 8:00 am - 1:00pm
Leader: Mark Colwell 
Witness the spectacle as flocks of thousands of shorebirds become tens of thousands, then form a huge milling swarm as the last of the mud flats by the old wharf footing get covered. The birds then fly off low over the Bay toward the west. North Humboldt Bay is a shorebird staging site clearly of hemispherical significance. 

MON95 Mulligan Monday Field Trip - $12 8:30am - 1:00pm
Leader: Rob Fowler 
Round up all the great birds found during the festival weekend. Arcata Marsh, the Arcata Bottoms, and the Blue Lake cottonwoods will be visited. There will also be the chance for some special requests based on what has been seen over the Godwit Days weekend. Prepare for variable terrain, pack a lunch. 

MON96 Backyard Wildlife - $6 10:30am - 3:00pm
Leader: George Ziminsky
Join local birders as we visit several well established backyards dedicated to supporting wildlife. These gardens will show in a variety of ways how the principal of providing “food, water and cover” combine to create an attractive area for birds. We will certainly see sparrows and finches, and discuss the different seed preferences of both. Urban creek “day lighting” has also encouraged urban wildlife and we will visit locations where now established riparian habitat supports chickadees and kinglets. Use this trip to get ideas and inspiration to establish or enhance your own backyard for wildlife.

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