Godwit Days Spring Migration Bird Festival

The Godwit Days Spring Migration Bird Festival is slated to return to its usual large, in-person event (starting at Arcata Community Center, 321 Dr. M.L.K. Jr Pkwy, Arcata, CA 95521) on April 14 through 16, 2023.  Field trips start on April 13th. Registration is now open.  PLEASE register early to have access to all events!

Among the exciting new trips being planned are an outing with Chris West, senior wildlife biologist with the Yurok tribe, to view California Condors and a day-long ocean (pelagic) trip on an 18-person vessel with three expert guides on board to help you spot offshore seabirds.

Events at the Community Center will kick off with an opening reception on Friday evening where everyone – not just paying registrants, but members of the public – is welcome to come and enjoy finger foods as they peruse vendor booths and listen to a keynote lecture by Tiana Williams-Claussen, director of the Yurok Tribe Wildlife Department, on the condor reintroduction effort. Our long-time supporters Friends of the Arcata Marsh and Redwood Region Audubon Society will be co-hosting the reception.

Bird Fair vendors will return, as well as an art show by Arcata Artisans, display of all entries in the 20th annual student bird art contest, a Saturday keynote lecture, a banquet, presentation of the 2022 Humboldt County Bird of the Year award, and more. Plans are taking shape for a free family nature crafts “mega-palooza” on Sunday involving many nonprofit organizations and government agencies.

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We are so excited that events are happening again. Event details are being updated as information becomes available. Before making plans, please check the event or festival website or Facebook page.