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Godwit Days Spring Migration Bird Festival - April 21 – 23, 2017

b>Godwit Days Spring Migration Bird Festival - April 21 – 23, 2017 Pre- and post-festival events extend the core dates from April 19 to 25

Godwit Days: Spectacular birding, where the redwoods meet the sea: youtu.be/h55UlZawK68

ARCATA, CALIF.--Godwit Days, now in its 22nd year, is the best place to watch the spring shorebird migration at its peak (over 300 species of birds at the Arcata Marsh alone) and tour the bio-diverse Redwood forests resplendent with Northern Spotted Owls, Marbled Murrelets and other North Coast specialty species. The festival incorporates many aspects of the animals and habitats that make up the beautiful North Coast.

‘Big Year’ birder and writer, Noah Strycker will be a featured speaker and songbird detective, Dr. Bridget Stutchbury, will be our Keynote. In 2015, Noah spanned 41 countries and all seven continents to set a world record by seeing 6,042 species of birds – more than half the birds on Earth – in one calendar year. He has also written The Thing with Feathers (2014) and Among Penguins (2011), and is Associate Editor of Birding magazine. Noah will speak Friday evening, April 21, following the opening reception. He will also be leading a half-day bird tour and a workshop.

Dr. Bridget Stutchbury is a research professor at Canada’s York University on the conservation biology and ecology of migratory songbirds in North America. Author of ‘Silence of the Songbirds: How We Are Losing the World’s Songbirds and What We Can Do to Save Them’, ‘The Private Lives of Birds: A Scientist Reveals the Intricacies of Avian Social Life’, and ‘The Bird Detective’, she describes nesting habits and how climate change and other pressures of the natural world are forcing birds to change those habits. Her Keynote presentation will be held Saturday, April 22 @ 7pm. She will also be leading half-day bird tours and a workshop.

Additional activities: 95 field trips, workshops, lectures, boat trips and events like the ‘Big Day’, where participants travel by bus around Humboldt County to spot around 135 bird species.

Free events for everyone include an opening reception/Friday night lecture, presentation of the fourth annual Humboldt County Bird of the Year award, Bird Fair vendor booths, an art show, live birds of prey from the Humboldt Wildlife Care Center, family nature crafts sponsored by Friends of the Arcata Marsh (FOAM), and Free Community Event trips (price noted as $0.00 on event list, but require sign-up to reserve a spot).

Visit www.godwitdays.org to review the event schedule and online registration, before trips fill up. Registration also can also be done by phone at 707-826-7050 or 1-800-908-WING (9464)

Becky Mosgofian

19th March 2017