Eco Briefs: Explore the dunes, go birding at the marsh, restore Patrick’s Point

LANPHERE DUNES Join a Friends of the Dunes Naturalist for a free guided tour of the Lanphere Dunes Unit of the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Lanphere Dunes Unit is home to diverse coastal ecosystems including coastal dune forest, seasonal wetlands, and large moving sand dunes. Meet at Pacific Union School, 3001 Janes Rd. in Arcata to carpool to the protected site. For more information and to reserve a spot, contact Friends of the Dunes at (707) 444-1397 or [email protected].

MARSH TOUR Friends of the Arcata Marsh (FOAM) is sponsoring a free tour of the Arcata Marsh & Wildlife Sanctuary on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. Meet leader Elliott Dabill at the Interpretive Center on South G Street for a 90-minute walk focusing on the ecology of the Marsh. Loaner binoculars available with photo ID. For more information, call (707) 826-2359.

MORNING BIRDING Redwood Region Audubon Society is sponsoring a free public field trip at the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary on Saturday, Nov. 3. Bring your binoculars and have a great morning birding!  Meet leader Carol Wilson in the parking lot at the end of South I Street (Klopp Lake) in Arcata at 8:30 a.m., rain or shine.  Trip ends around 11 a.m.

PATRICK’S POINT Come help California State Parks restore the Native Plant Garden at Patrick’s Point State Park on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers will be transplanting native plants into the garden, installing plant identification signs, and removing invasive plant species. All ages welcome. Meet at the Visitor Center parking lot. Work location is less than a half mile hike from the trailhead. Gloves, safety glasses,and tools are available for volunteers to use. Contact Katrina Henderson or Michelle Forys at (707) 677-3109 or at [email protected] or [email protected]

KING SALMON BAYWATCH Join Redwood Region Audubon Society on Saturday, Nov. 3 for a Baywatch at King Salmon trip. Meet at Gill’s By the Bay and go birding along the seawall for a few hours. Dress for cool, damp weather. Call Alexa DeJoannis at (707) 826-7031.

KING SALMON BAYWATCH Explore North Coast and the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center as co-sponsors invites the public to their lecture series featuring Brian Tissot, director and professor, Marine Laboratory Humboldt State University. Tissot will do a short update on the health of the local sea star population.  He will also do a presentation on jelly fish.  Our members are currently seeing massive swarms of Sea Nettle Jelly Fish in the waters off Trinidad.  Tissot’s talk will be followed by ENC members presenting a slide show on their recent kayak expedition to God’s Pocket Marine Provincial Park. God’s Pocket is a set of small islands off the north coast of Vancouver Island. This area has been called one of the finest marine reserves in the world. The lecture is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, 921 Waterfront Dr., Eureka.  Admission is free.

CONSERVATION MEETING Redwood Region Audubon Society holds its monthly Conservation Meeting Thursday, Nov. 8 at noon at Rita’s Margaritas and Mexican Grill, 1111 5th Street, Eureka.  (707) 445-8311.

SNOWY PLOVER TALK Join Redwood Region Audubon Society on Friday, Nov. 9 for a program titled “The Road to Recovery: Snowy Plovers on the Oregon Coast.” Snowy Plovers were once a common West Coast beach-nesting bird. As the human population increased, plovers suffered significant declines. In Oregon, surveys conducted from the early 1970’s through 1990 showed drastic declines leading to fewer than 50 plovers remaining at only a handful of sites. In 1990, The Nature Conservancy began a monitoring program to determine how many plovers remained, and where they were breeding; and helped coordinate and implement a recovery program along the Oregon coast. Speaker David J. Lauten, who has been studying Snowy Plovers for the Oregon Biodiversity Center since 1997, will discuss the history of the recovery effort, what recovery looks like and what lessons in wildlife management have been learned.  The program starts at 7:30 p.m. at Six Rivers Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road, Arcata. Bring a mug for shade-grown coffee and come fragrance-free.


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