Kevin L. Hoover
Mad River Union
ARCATA MARSH & WILDLIFE SANCTUARY – Aldaron and Christy Laird and friends dedicated their new "Rising Tides" observation bench at the Arcata Marsh & Wildlife Sanctuary during today's nine-foot King Tide event. Located at the southwest corner of the oxidation pond, the $650 bench – constructed of wood from the Arcata Community Forest – offers spectacular views of Humboldt Bay.
"I wanted to create a spot where you can really observe the ebb and flow of the tides and see the changing environment," Aldaron Laird said. "I just love sitting here. The bay turns into a mirror reflecting all the light and the clouds."
Laird has been been doing extensive research and field work on sea level rise on Humboldt Bay. He hopes to augment the bench with an interpretive sign explaining sea level rise and climate change. "This is just a start," he said.