The Arcata Ridge Trail and more eco-fun await you this weekend

COMMUNITY RESILIENCY “Understanding Personal and Community Resiliency” with Dawn Albrecht will be featured at Transition Humboldt’s June potluck on Friday, June 26 at 6 p.m. at Humboldt Area Foundation, 363 Indianola Rd., Bayside. Using a bottom-up approach, Albrecht describes factors that contribute to personal and community resiliency, and how developing these now will better enable us to help ourselves and one another in an emergency. Using an interactive process, she will go through the process of identifying the elements of an “umbrella of protection” at both the personal and community levels that can help guide the recovery process. A $3 donation will be requested at the door. Please bring a dish to share, drinks and your own plate, cup and utensils. No alcohol allowed at this venue. For more information, contact Larry Goldberg at (707) 845-7272TransitionHumboldt.org

AUDUBON CAMPING TRIP Join Redwood Region Audubon Society for a camping field trip Friday to Sunday, June 26 to 28, in Lassen Volcanic National Park. The group will stay at Lost Creek Campground, Group Camp Site No. 4. Members of Redwood Region, Wintu, Altacal, and Redbud Audubon Societies will participate. Campers can arrive at the campsite any time on Friday afternoon or later. Day trippers for Saturday, June 27 should meet at the Redding Civic Auditorium (Convention Center) at 8 a.m. to carpool. Day trippers for Sunday, June 28, meet at the campsite at 9 a.m. This time of year is ideal for observing nesting birds. Participants will bird Manzanita Lake and vicinity Saturday morning. The rest of the itinerary is open and will depend on the interests of participants. Lost Creek has primitive facilities such as pit toilets and no electricity, but potable water is available. Contact Bill Oliver (530) 941-7741 or e-mail [email protected] for more information.

AUDUBON MARSH TRIP Redwood Region Audubon Society is sponsoring a free public field trip at the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary on Saturday, June 27. 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.

Arcata Ridge Trail jpegRIDGE TRAIL VOLUNTEER WORKDAY The City of Arcata’s Environmental Services Department and the Humboldt Trails Council’s Volunteer Trail Stewards invite you to help connect the Arcata Ridge Trail with its northernmost trailhead on West End Road on Saturday, June 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. in the gravel parking area next to Creative Mathematics at 4001 West End Rd, Arcata. From the St. Louis Road roundabout, proceed north on West End Road under the Highway 101 overpass. About 0.1 miles past the concrete barricades on the right, meet is the gravel parking area on the left. From Highway 101 going north, turn onto State Route 299 east then take the first exit. At the offramp stop sign, turn right then right again onto West End Road. Continue south about 0.8 miles until you see the Creative Mathematics building on your right. Be sure to wear a long sleeved shirt, work pants and boots and bring rain gear, water and gloves. Tools, snacks and beverages will be provided and new volunteers are always welcome!  (707) 825-2163, [email protected]

BUTTERFLY TALK Join the Humboldt Botanical Garden (HBG) on Saturday, June 27 at 11 a.m. in the HBG Green House as Dr. Frank McLarnon describes about 20 common butterflies that one might encounter in the Humboldt Botanical Gardens and nearby areas. Butterfly identification, caterpillar food plant preferences and their habitats and habits will be discussed. The presentation will be followed by a walk in the gardens to view and identify any butterflies that may be on the wing. McLarnon and his wife Maureen live in Orinda in the Bay Area, and they frequently visit their Big Lagoon cottage here in Humboldt County. McLarnon has been interested in butterflies and moths for more than 50 years, and he is a member of the Lepidopterists Society. The McLarnons enjoy observing and photographing butterflies and wildflowers while hiking in Humboldt County, the Sierras, and Coast Ranges of California, and Frank always brings along his net in case a particularly interesting butterfly or moth flies nearby. Admission is $8/$5 for seniors, children aged 6 to17, students and active military/free for HBG members. The Humboldt Botanical Garden is located at 7707 Tompkins Hill Rd., Eureka, at the north entrance to College of the Redwoods, exit 698, off U.S. Highway 101. It is open Wednesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is plenty of free parking in the Mercer Fraser Auto Garden. (707) 442-5139, hbgf.org

FOAM MARSH TOUR Friends of the Arcata Marsh (FOAM) is sponsoring a free tour of the Arcata Marsh & Wildlife Sanctuary on Saturday, June 27 at 2 p.m. Meet leaders Jane and Richard Wilson 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

 

DUNES TOUR Join a Friends of the Dunes naturalist for a guided tour of the Ma-le’l Dunes Unit of the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, June 28 from 1 to 4 p.m. This site features freshwater and saltwater marshes, a coastal forest, large open dunes, and a skeleton forest. Meet at the Ma-le’l North parking lot, off of Young Lane in Manila. For more information or to reserve a spot, contact Friends of the Dunes at (707) 444-1397 or [email protected].

SLOW-SPEED FOAM MARSH TOUR On Tuesday, June 30 at 2 p.m., Friends of the Arcata Marsh (FOAM) is sponsoring a free tour for those who love the Marsh and want to enjoy seeing it at a slower pace than regular Saturday tours. The tour will last 45 to 60 minutes across even, level ground and is suitable to attendees of all ages who want to learn and like camaraderie. Meet at the first parking lot on South I Street in from Samoa Boulevard. This tour is held the last Tuesday of each month. Call leader Jane Wilson at (707) 822-3475 with any questions.

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