Eco-Briefs for Sept. 13, 2017

Plans for Arcata’s Wastewater Treatment

David Couch presents a free public lecture about “New Plans for Arcata’s Wastewater Treatment” Friday, Sept. 15, starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center. Couch is the wastewater operations supervisor for the City of Arcata and a founding member of Friends of the Arcata Marsh, where he currently serves as  vice-president. For more information or to guarantee a seat, call (707) 826-2359.

Coastal Cleanup at the marsh

Celebrate California Coastal Cleanup Day with the City of Arcata’s Environmental Services Department, Humboldt State’s mighty Natural Resources Club, the California Conservation Corps and Friends of the Arcata Marsh Saturday, Sept. 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers meet at 9 a.m. at the South G Street parking lot of the Interpretive Center to pull aggressive spartina grass and remove other invasive plants such as fennel and pampas grass from the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary, improving conditions for native plants and animals. Be sure to wear a long sleeve shirt, work pants and boots and bring rain gear and water. Gloves, tools, snacks and beverages will be provided. (707) 825-2163, [email protected]

Coastal Cleanup at the beach

Help clean up the coast by joining a global movement that was started right here in Arcata! Participants will comb the beach for plastic and other trash materials in an effort to reduce potential marine debris Saturday, Sept. 16 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Meet at the Humboldt Coastal Nature Center, 220 Stamps Lane in Manila. Please bring drinking water and wear closed toe shoes. Gloves and small snacks will be provided. Reusable containers (buckets, old grocery bags etc.) for collecting trash are highly encouraged. For more information, or to RSVP a group of six or more, contact Friends of the Dunes at [email protected] or (707) 444-1397.

Marsh Tour

Friends of the Arcata Marsh sponsors a free tour of the Arcata Marsh & Wildlife Sanctuary Saturday, Sept. 16 at 2 p.m. Meet leader Alex Stillman 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. (707) 826-2359

Nature Story Time

Join Friends of the Dunes naturalist Ashley Hansen for Nature Story Time at the Humboldt Coastal Nature Center Saturday, Sept. 16 from 2 to 3 p.m. This Story Time will focus on sea turtles and include fun props, movement activities and a simple craft for both guardians and children to enjoy. Come prepared to explore the trails on your own after the program. For more information or to RSVP, contact [email protected] or (707) 444-1397.

Birding Fall Preview

For the sixth year, the Godwit Days Spring Migration Bird Festival offers a Fall Preview,  a fun-filled weekend of birding in Humboldt County. Join experienced leaders the weekend of Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 on any of seven small-group trips (maximum of 10 registrants) selected to cover the area’s best birding locations at the end of the peak period for migrating birds, a time of year with high potential for rare bird sightings. On Saturday, look for lingering migrants along the Lost Coast (Centerville to Petrolia, including Bear River Ridge) on a full-day trip with Tony Kurz; spend most of a day checking the Samoa Peninsula willow patches for migrants with Ken Burton; scour the Blue Lake cottonwoods and Mad River Fish Hatchery with Keith Slauson on a half-day trip; or do some morning “Arcata Birding & Beering” with Rob Fowler (Arcata Marsh, Arcata Bottom, optional lunch at Redwood Curtain Brewery). On Sunday, travel along the coast during a half-day trip from the Elk River Mouth to Fields Landing and King Salmon with Nora Papian and Max Brodie (optional lunch at Gill’s by the Bay); spend most of a day traveling north from Orick to Humboldt Lagoons State Park with Rob Fowler; or focus on raptors along Bear River Ridge to Ferndale on a three-quarter-day trip with Tom Leskiw. These trips by carpool range from $50 to $75 each. Meeting locations are specified in online trip descriptions. To register or get more information, visit godwitdays.org and click on the link in the right-hand “Special Events” column or email [email protected]

Sea level rise awareness art contest

Use your artistic skills to raise awareness of rising sea levels by entering the Sea Level Rise Awareness art contest. The winning artist will recreate their work on a large sidewalk square during Pastels on the Plaza Saturday, Oct. 7. Entries are Monday, Sept. 25 by 5 p.m. at the Community Development Department at Arcata City Hall. Work should be 1-by-2 feet, or similarly proportioned. The winning entry will be announced Friday, Sept. 29. Visit cityofarcata.org/759/Sea-Level-Rise for more information. October is Sea Level Rise Awareness Month and this art contest is one way the Arcata Planning Division is helping people learn about sea level rise as the Arcata City Council explores potential responses to this challenge. City staff will be at the Arcata Farmers’ Market Saturday, Sept. 16 and 23, and at Arts! Arcata on the Plaza Friday, Oct. 13 with sea level rise information. Stop by, get informed about rising sea levels, and bring your questions and ideas. For more information about the City’s sea level rise response and opportunities to contribute your ideas, sign up for sea level rise meeting eNotifications at cityofarcata.org or email [email protected]

Marsh Tour

Friends of the Arcata Marsh sponsors a free tour of the Arcata Marsh & Wildlife Sanctuary Saturday, Sept. 22 at 2 p.m. Meet leader Leslie Anderson 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. (707) 826-2359

Marsh Tour

Friends of the Arcata Marsh sponsors a free tour of the Arcata Marsh & Wildlife Sanctuary Tuesday, Sept. 26 for those who love the Marsh and want to enjoy seeing it at a slower pace than regular Saturday tours. The tour lasts 90 minutes across even, level ground and is suitable to attendees of all ages who want to learn and like camaraderie. Meet leaders John DeMartini and Jane Wilson at the first parking lot on South I Street in from Samoa Boulevard. This tour is held the last Tuesday of each month, come rain, shine, or wind. (707) 826-2359

Marsh Tour

Friends of the Arcata Marsh sponsors a free tour of the Arcata Marsh & Wildlife Sanctuary Saturday, Sept. 30 at 2 p.m. Meet leader Barbara Reisman 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. (707) 826-2359







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