California Festivals - Godwit Days - Arcata
- Dear Birders,
There are three if not four festivals lined up from Godwit Days, Yuma AZ,
Heron Days Apr 24th , Lake County and Kern Biofest May 1st, actually there
are five, because there is the newest festival planned in Yosemite April
24th. Support one-support them all.
I wanted to let everybody know the specific status of our event (Godwit
Days) coming next weekend. In fact it starts early on Thursday. To date we
almost have 250 pre-registrants. This surpasses all but our best year ever
in 2003 and that will be exceeded shortly. Of all trips we have sold more
than 50% of our capacity so I have outlined some areas for our local birders
to encourage some early sign-ups to avoid disappointment on Friday night
Owl Scouting is Sold Out
Picnic at the Marsh has 12 spots left, but I'm sure more can join Tracy and
Gretchen in the lunch hour to get the social aspects of the event rolling.
These two leaders will also help host on the Madaket Sunset Cruise around
Humboldt Bay. We got the wine and cheese today and that event has 11 slots
left. The real surprise is the Mystery Tour - as of today there are 8 spots
left, but as we have confirmed Stan as our mystery leader for the morning
portion I'm sure these won't last.
Dawn Chorus with Tristan, Scouting with Rob, Eel River Bottoms, and the
nighttime owls are all Sold Out.
There is just one slot left on the Eureka Waterfront trip, and three left
for the Night Hike around the Arcata Marsh. The evening presentation and
reception are open to all, we will have a "Look back on Humboldt Birding
1980-85" Several of the greats will be on hand to recall past times and a
short slide show will remind us of the birds and the special "hot"
High Elevation, Simpson Spotted Owls and the Pelagic trip are Sold Out.
There is one space left on the Birding Locations trip with Dave Fix and Jude
Power, only three left on the South Fork Trinity with John Hunter, and one
slot left on the Trinidad and Mad River County Park event. The Big Day Bus
still has a good amount of room. At $35 it does provide transportation, a
packed lunch and the chance to see up to 125 different species. Special
news is that long time Humboldt birder John Sterling hopes to join recent
Humboldt phenom Rob Fowler with Mary Severdia as the third trip
leader....highly recommended if you want to see birds, birds, birds.
Fern Canyon and the Del Norte trips are both Sold Out.
The Grouse trip I has two spaces left with Mark Higley, the Grouse overnight
with Rob has 8 spots left. This is a good shot for the elusive ruffed
grouse and best chance you will have all weekend. Northern Specialties with
Sean McAllister has a final slot left.
OWLS IN GENERAL
For owls that are always popular we have already sold out most of the trips.
There is one slot left on the Sunday Simpson Spotted owls. Now, there are a
few other trips that encounter owls. We've been up at Prairie Creek State
Park with the murrelets all last week and we usually heard Northern Pygmy
Owl at dawn, a Barred Owl is also reported form the nearby Cal Barrel Road.
So, try this Marbled;ed Murrelet "Old Growth" experience if you can get up
that early, for a chance at some other owls. The Arcata Community Forest
trip (if it visits the Jacoby Creek property) will also have a chance for a
daytime encounter with Spotted Owls, and if you want to see Great Horned
owls nesting come on the NE California Trip Monday and Tuesday, we saw three
last month and there are still 8 spots left on that trip.
Usually very popular our adventuresome boat trips are a little undersigned.
They do cost a little more due to the equipment and firms that we have
provide this for us, but still this is a less expensive way to enjoy these
activities than usual. They also have a specific bird emphasis by
association with the festival. Stone Lagoon Paddle with Center Activities
has 10 spots left, Kayak trips have 11, 16, and 10 spots left on Sat, Sun
and Mon. The Rafting trips (new last year have 18 and 17 spots left for the
Trinity River (Sun) and the Klamath River (Mon). The Bike and Bird the
bottoms event could also use some birding outdoors folk. The Sunday Pelagic
trip has 9 spots left. Ron LeValley will lead, and this remains one of a
very few chances for the public to get off-shore in Humboldt waters.
Other nature activities, apart from birding have been requested to provide
variety and the EthnoBotany of the Redwoods has 15 and 7 spots left, while
the Lanphere dunes trip has lots of space both days. These trips will
certainly be focused on plants and we hope this aspect of the festival can
continue to grow.
So, as I've said in the past, come one, come all ----- this next weekend
will be a blast, and do your bit to support these events or spread the
"bird" word. Just visit the Arcata Community Center Saturday or Sunday to
see what its all about.
All the best,
Robert W. Hewitt
Director, LBJ Enterprises www.birdjobs.com
1707 E Street #5, Eureka, CA 95501
(707) 442-0339, fax (707) 260-0632, cell (707) 845-3189
Godwit Days Steering Committee www.godwitdays.com
April 16-19, 2004 9th Annual, 232 species cumulative