Godwit Days 2005 Trips ---- filling up!
- Dear Birders and Nature Lovers,
I just thought our local folks would like to hear how Godwit Days is going.
The media buzz is just starting with news articles in the Times Standard,
the Spirit of the North Coast running on TV, and Keet, KHum and KHSU ready
with on air promotions of the event. So far we have 130 people already
registered and I think we are still four weeks out. As such some trips are
sold out already and others only have a few spots left. I thought I would
pass this information on so locals can get in on things they might want too
before finding out on Friday Night (April 15th) that there is not much left
available - not that you can't register then - just that we'd love to get
you in earlier.
So far both Pelagic Trips are sold out and several of the Indian Island Boat
trips (that only seat five) are full as well. The small passenger boat from
Hum Boats edges you up close to the Indian Island Egret Rookery, as well as
getting close to other birds on the water. It runs very quietly so often
allows you to get near to the wildlife. We offer several of these 2 hour
excursions, so there are places latter on in the weekend that are still
The two most popular trips this year were Dave Fix's and Jude Power's "Best
Birding Spots in Central Coastal Humboldt" on Saturday which has maxed-out.
As well as Alan Barron's "Del Norte Tufted Puffin" trip on Sunday which is
also full. The two Big Day Bus Trips Saturday (Kerry Ross) and Sunday (C.J.
Ralph and Ken Able) have space still for both days. They also offer a great
all-day birding experience, it costs a little more as we pay for the City
Buses, but lunch is provided and I just love the fact that for one weekend
you can ride on the "Bird Route." The current Big Day record of 129 species
(7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) is not to be sniffed at either.
"Nighttime Owls" on Friday is always popular and it has just 3 spots left,
the scouting trip Thursday before only has one spot left. These nighttime
activities are exciting and full of anticipation however one can come up
short sometimes especially due to wind or rain. The owl experience I love
to promote is the daytime "mousing" with the biologists from Green Diamond
(formerly Simpson) Resource Company. We still have space on the Saturday
trip, and we may add to the Sunday trip once the last spot is taken. No
guarantees in birding, but this is a pretty reliable trip with great
Pablo's High Elevation trip has one spot left, as does the South Fork
Trinity trip with Atlas author John Hunter. Only one Murrelet Spot for dawn
with Steve Tucker on Sunday but plenty of spaces are available Saturday.
Brit O'Brien leads a trip I like that goes inland, the "Grouse trip with
Cabin overnight" in Willow Creek. They still have bed space at the Cabin
which overlooks the Trinity River from where they head to Burnt Ranch for a
morning grouse search up Hennesey Ridge Road.
All details are at the web site www.godwitdays.com
<http://www.godwitdays.com/> , in the NC Journal publication at newsstands,
and by calling 1-800 908-WING.
P.S. Blue Jay still in Redwood Valley March 22nd.
Robert W. Hewitt
Wildlife Biologist - LBJ Enterprises
(w) 707-442-0339, (cell) 707-845-3189, (fax) 707-269-0632
Chairman, Godwit Days Steering Committee
April 15-17, 2005
Keynote Speaker: Ken Able
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