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Virtual Godwit Days Spring Migration Bird Festival
April 16 - April 18
The Godwit Days Spring Migration Birding Festival will be offering a free, virtual, three-day program April 16 through 18. It will highlight some favorite species and the spots where they occur. Most sessions will be 60 to 90 minutes in length, with breaks in between. Some will be live-streamed (and also recorded for future viewing), and others will be pre-recorded and posted online.
Participants will be asked to make donations to keep the festival going, both this year and beyond. (In 2020, the festival had to cancel a mere 6 weeks before the event, after money had been spent that couldn’t be recouped.)
The complete program schedule will be posted soon at www.godwitdays.org, as will instructions on how to access the sessions. Among the sessions being planned:
· A Bird in the Hand: Banding at the Humboldt Bay Bird Observatory featuring HBBO staff and/or volunteers
· Curiosities & Oddities in the Humboldt State Wildlife Museum with Curator Tamar Danufsky
· Humboldt Birding: Past, Present & Future, A Birds & Beers Social Zoom
· Surveying Shorebirds of Humboldt Bay: Plenary Lecture by HSU wildlife professor Dr. Mark Colwell
· “The Big Hour”: Facebook Live at the Arcata Marsh with Rob Fowler of Fowlerope Birding Tours & wildlife artist Gary Bloomfield
· Bird Songs & Calls: An Identification Workshop with birder/biologist David Juliano
· Shorebird Fly-off: Facebook Live at the Arcata Marsh with Dr. Mark Colwell & Rob Fowler
· The Language of Birds: Keynote Lecture by Nathan Pieplow, blogger on recording, identifying, and interpreting bird sounds (www.earbirding.com)
· Seeking Amphibians in Del Norte County with California State Parks biologist Tony Kurz
· Tips & Techniques for Sketching Birds by Gary Bloomfield
· Spotted Owl Trip with Green Diamond Resource Company staff, Rob Fowler & Gary Bloomfield
· A Tribute to Dr. Stanley Harris: Memories of HSU Ornithology Prof “Doc” Harris
Also to be posted online during the festival: announcement of the winner of Humboldt County’s Bird of the Year for 2020, as well as winners in the 18th annual student bird art contest, cosponsored by Friends of the Arcata Marsh and Redwood Region Audubon Society (RRAS), and in the 16th annual student nature writing contest, sponsored by RRAS.
The 2022 Godwit Days will be held at the peak of spring migration and celebrates the thousands of shorebirds that flock to the shores of Humboldt Bay. Arcata is nestled between Humboldt Bay and Redwood forest, providing access for day trips to see Northern Spotted Owl, Marbled Murrelet, Western Snowy Plover, Black Oystercatcher, Ruffed Grouse, and other North Coast specialties. Around 100 field trips to choose from, with a keynote speaker.