Eco-Briefs Aug. 15, 2018

BIOBLITZ Join the Northcoast Regional Land Trust and Friends of the Dunes to restore biodiversity at Freshwater Farms Reserve, followed by a smartphone-powered BioBlitz on Saturday, Aug. 25 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. A BioBlitz is an intensive one-day study of biodiversity in a specific location; in this case, participants will collect citizen science data using the iNaturalist app. Above,  Programs Manager Jess Barger uses her smartphone to upload plant species to the iNaturalist App, a modern way of conducting citizen science. People of all ages and skill levels are welcome! Bring your work gloves, a fully charged smartphone with the iNaturalist app already downloaded, and tons of enthusiasm. Join for just one portion of the event or both. Please meet at Freshwater Farms Reserve and park in the parking lot area. For more information, call (707) 444-1397 or email [email protected]. To learn more about BioBlitz, visit the iNaturalist website.

SEA LEVEL RISE On Friday, Aug  17, Doby Class will present on “Sea Level Rise & Arcata Marsh Wastewater Treatment Changes.” This free public lecture, starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center, is sponsored by Friends of the Arcata Marsh. Class, who serves as Arcata’s City Engineer, will give an update on changes planned at the Arcata Marsh & Wildlife Sanctuary related to the sewage treatment plant. For more information or to guarantee a seat, call (707) 826-2359.

BIRDING TRIP A few spaces remain on the Godwit Days Wednesday, Aug. 22 to Friday, Aug. 24 birding trip to Lake Almanor at the base of Mount Lassen. Professional bird guide Rob Fowler and Godwit Days Board member David Schumaker will lead the tour. The package, which costs $575 per person, includes two night’s accommodations, two breakfasts, two sack lunches, a boat ride with the Plumas Audubon Society to see grebes up close, and professional bird guides for three days. The group will spend two nights at the historic Bidwell House, a 1901 farmhouse-style bed & breakfast near Lake Almanor and 30 miles from Lassen National Park. Rob will lead the group in birding with a focus on nesting waterbirds, migrant shorebirds, high-elevation forest species, and early migrant songbirds. Net proceeds from the trip will help fund next April’s Godwit Days Spring Migration Festival. For more detailed information, contact [email protected] or

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