Godwit Days Fall Preview


This is a County Health Department approved event.

This year we will be offering a mini version of our annual Fall Preview. In order to provide a COVID-safe event in accordance with county guidelines, all participants will be required to wear face coverings and maintain 6 feet physical distancing for the duration of the trips. Groups will be limited to 8 people, including the guide. Birding locations have been planned for multiple vehicles so that people may drive separately. We ask that you do not share optics, food, or other items during trips at this time.

Field Trips

SATURDAY, September 26th
Sunrise 7:09 AM High Tide 10:26 AM Low Tide 3:35 PM

$20 Leader: Alexa DeJoannis

Meet at Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center parking lot, South G Street, Arcata. During fall migration a birder can expect to see close to 30-40 species of shorebirds exploit Humboldt Bay’s various habitats. This trip will focus on observing shorebirds on north Humboldt Bay during the rising tide. Dress in layers and bring a reusable water bottle, porta-potty available.

SUNDAY, September 27th
Sunrise 7:10 AM High Tide 11:13 AM Low Tide 4:36 PM

$20 Leader: Alexa DeJoannis

Meet at the North Jetty parking area. The North Spit provides a variety of birding spots out to the Jetty. Here the rocky shore specialists - Surfbird, Black Turnstone, and Wandering Tattler - can be found. If you have a spotting scope, this is an excellent time to bring it along for scanning the ocean for seabirds. Woodley Island, Vance Road, and the Samoa Bridge can also be explored for mud-foraging shorebirds. Expect variable terrain, dress in layers, bring a reusable water bottle, lunch, and a spotting scope if you have one. Restrooms are available at the Jetty.

For more details and to register, visit: www.godwitdays.org

Your guide, Alexa DeJoannis, started birding ten years ago in the agricultural landscape of the Imperial Valley and the Salton Sea on a job censusing burrowing owls. She moved to Humboldt County to continue studying birds, and earned a master's degree at HSU with a research project tracking winter molt in a banded population of snowy plovers. After investing all that time on the beach, she gained a wealth of knowledge about our seabirds and shorebirds of the North Coast. She has served as president of the Redwood Region Audubon Society and has been leading field trips for Godwit Days since 2016.

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