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  • Karin Wandrei
    There is a great article about an 85 year old man who started birding in his forties and has recorded 80% of the species in the world! The article is in
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 10, 2005
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      There is a great article about an 85 year old man who started birding in his
      forties and has recorded 80% of the species in the world! The article is in
      today's (Saturday's) SF Chronicle.
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      Sent: Saturday, December 10, 2005 7:29 AM
      Subject: [Mendobirds] Digest Number 889


      >
      > There are 2 messages in this issue.
      >
      > Topics in this digest:
      >
      > 1. Tundra Swans Cygnus columbianus Return to the Garcia River Slough
      > From: Richard Kuehn <windnsea@...>
      > 2. GODWIT DAYS 2006 April 21-23rd
      > From: "Robert Hewitt" <lbjent@...>
      >
      >
      > ________________________________________________________________________
      > ________________________________________________________________________
      >
      > Message: 1
      > Date: Fri, 09 Dec 2005 08:57:45 -0800
      > From: Richard Kuehn <windnsea@...>
      > Subject: Tundra Swans Cygnus columbianus Return to the Garcia River Slough
      >
      > Just a quick post to let other Mendobirders know there were ~45 Tundra
      > Swans
      > on the Garcia River slough yesterday morning as I drove to Fort Bragg;
      > they
      > had NOT been present when we searched for them on Monday. 20 Harlequin
      > Ducks continue on the rocks off the left-hand side of Glass Beach and
      > there
      > were both White-winged and Black Scoters present off Ward Avenue
      > yesterday,
      > also.
      >
      >
      >
      > Good Birding and Happy Holidays!
      >
      >
      >
      > Rich
      >
      >
      >
      > PS-For those who enjoy looking at species from other countries, we've
      > uploaded images from our August trip to Madagascar at our Website listed
      > below. NOTE: it is a graphics-intense site for those of you on a dial-up
      > connection.
      >
      >
      >
      > Richard Kuehn
      >
      > WindandSea at The Sea Ranch, CA
      >
      > N 38 44.93 W 123 31.66
      >
      > http://ourlives-at-windandsea.info
      >
      >
      >
      > Life is NOT a dress-rehearsal!
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
      >
      >
      >
      > ________________________________________________________________________
      > ________________________________________________________________________
      >
      > Message: 2
      > Date: Fri, 9 Dec 2005 11:00:09 -0800
      > From: "Robert Hewitt" <lbjent@...>
      > Subject: GODWIT DAYS 2006 April 21-23rd
      >
      > Dear Birders,
      >
      >
      >
      > I'm pleased to announce that the Godwit Days web page is up and ready to
      > receive on-line registrations for the 11th Annual Festival, April 21-23,
      > 2006!
      >
      >
      >
      > Check out www.godwitdays.com <http://www.godwitdays.com/>
      >
      >
      >
      > Godwit Days is a Spring Migration Bird Festival that we hold here in
      > Arcata,
      > Humboldt County. It celebrates the diverse array of birds here at that
      > time
      > and the excellent array of public lands and birding spaces within a short
      > drive from the Arcata Community Center. Humboldt Bay provides the focus of
      > attention, with mudflat gatherings of shorebirds in spring colors and our
      > icon, the Marbled Godwit.
      >
      >
      >
      > Why godwits? Well, we have lots of them, they are readily identifiable,
      > and
      > signify the migratory and wintering location that Humboldt Bay provides.
      > It
      > is a Western Hemisphere Shorebird Network site, recognized at the
      > international level, and much of it is under protected status. Both the
      > Arcata Marsh Project and the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge
      > contribute significantly in this regard.
      >
      >
      >
      > The event is aimed at all levels of birders. There are almost 100 field
      > trips and workshops led and presented by our vibrant local birding
      > community. Local birders will take you to Castle Rock (Del Norte County),
      > the Eureka Waterfront, giant redwoods with Marbled Murrelets and Barred
      > Owls, Six Rivers National Forest and the Trinity River, Clam Beach, Dawn
      > chorus at the Arcata Marsh, Elkhead in Trinidad for thousands of Common
      > Murres.
      >
      >
      >
      > Our featured trips include a Big Day competition that pits Saturday's and
      > Sunday's day-long bus trip against each other (well over 100 species
      > seen),
      > Pelagic Trips (seas permitting), and a personal encounter with Spotted
      > Owls
      > as local wildlife biologists take you on a nest monitoring excursion. Our
      > cumulative species total for the event is over 230, which can be expanded
      > on
      > by our pre- and post-festival trips to further reaches of Northern
      > California. We work the coast north of Marin before the event, we can even
      > pick you up at the San Francisco airport. After the event, we visit the
      > Klamath Basin and the Central Valley on a 3-day tour (back to the airport
      > if
      > desired).
      >
      >
      >
      > This year's keynote is provided by Dr John Fitzpatrick, Director of the
      > Cornell Lab of Ornithology. His Saturday evening address will feature the
      > topical Ivory-billed Woodpecker and what this and other individual
      > birds/species can do to save the world.
      >
      >
      >
      > As well as focused trips for birders, Godwit Days offers wide array of
      > community activities, held mostly at the Arcata Community Center. An
      > active
      > bird fair featuring information booths, agencies, artisans, specialty bird
      > books and optics vendors fills the main hall. Here on Saturday and Sunday,
      > Wildlife Images presents some wonderful "up-close" rehabbed birds of prey.
      > A
      > reception Friday night opens the Gallery of Birds Art Show, which brings
      > over 30 artists together to display and sell their work.
      >
      >
      >
      > Food is available: at the Godwit Café, at the Banquet Saturday night, or
      > at
      > the wrap-up party at a local brewery on Sunday evening. Children's
      > educational/environmental activities and a K-12 student art contest work
      > towards the education goal of the Godwit Days nonprofit organization.
      >
      >
      >
      > Above all, the City of Arcata welcomes visitors, as only Humboldt can. A
      > low-stress, mild traffic environment encourages a tremendous community
      > spirit, from friendly store clerks and wait-staff to the City Council,
      > which
      > is a major sponsor and the originator of the festival and drive for
      > ecotourism. As chair of our board, an active California birder, and a
      > proud
      > community member, I invite you to visit what I call the "last best place
      > in
      > California."
      >
      >
      >
      > Yours Rob,
      >
      >
      >
      > P.S. For the record, Christmas Bird Count tallies for 2002 (5065), 2003
      > (6567), 2004 (6961), and 2005 (5711), show that the Centerville to King
      > Salmon (South Humboldt Bay) count has provided the highest number of
      > Marbled
      > Godwits on CBC counts anywhere in the USA and Canada for many years.
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      > Robert W. Hewitt
      >
      > Wildlife Biologist - LBJ Enterprises
      >
      > Eureka, California
      >
      > (w) 707-442-0339, (cell) 707-845-3189, (fax) 707-269-0632
      >
      >
      >
      > Chairman, Godwit Days Steering Committee
      >
      > www.godwitdays.com
      >
      > April 21-23, April 2006
      >
      > Keynote Speaker: John Fitzpatrick
      >
      > Director, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
      >
      >
      >
      > Can't make Godwit Days? The check on our sister festival in Crescent
      > City.
      >
      >
      >
      > http://www.aleutiangoosefestival.org/
      >
      >
      >
      > We invite you to the 8th annual Aleutian Goose Festival
      > March 31 -- April 4, 2006
      >
      > <http://www.aleutiangoosefestival.org/events.html> Events Sampling for 8th
      > annual Aleutian Goose Festival.
      > We are honored to offer Birding, Nature and Tolowa and Yurok Indian
      > cultural experiences that you will remember for the rest of your life.
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
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      >
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