Godwit Days Spring Migration Bird Festival

This exciting festival includes a wide array of birding activities featuring over 80 different field trips and workshops.

Listen to fascinating lectures by acclaimed authors and naturalists, go on birding trips and view species in their natural habitats, enjoy kayaking trips and boat excursions. Held at the peak of spring migration, shorebirds abound and special opportunities are planned to see many other species, including Marbled Murrelet, Spotted Owl, and Snowy Plover.

The area offers a wide array of habitats and species for your observation and enjoyment. Our selection of over 100 small group field trips, lectures, workshops, boating excursions, and community activities are led by experienced local guides. Special pre- and post-festival birding trips that can extend your enjoyment to a full week are available.

Keynote Speakers

Plenary talk by Stuart Mackenzie
Working Collaboratively to Cover More Ground

Friday, April 17, 2020

Stuart Mackenzie, an international figure in ornithology who will be exploring the world of migration of winged animals, birds, bats and insects by researchers using new and innovative technological tools. This very entertaining talk will take us from the Arctic to the edge of the Antarctic using the recent research tools with a special focus on the Motus Wildlife Tracking System, a cooperative automated radio telemetry system, that allows scientists to follow winged animals throughout their life cycle as they travel around the globe. With more than 800 monitoring stations across 28 countries, knowledge is being obtained that was hardly imaginable just a very few years ago as more than 20,000 animals of 200 species have been followed on their migrations.

Keynote speech by Richard O. Prum , Ph.D.
The Evolution of Beauty: How Darwin’s Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World – and Us
Saturday, April 18, 2020

Richard O. Prum , Ph.D. is an evolutionary ornithologist with broad interests in avian biology. He provides a wonderful voyage showing how Darwin’s theory of natural selection only partially explained the diversity of birds we see today. His second theory in “The Descent of Man” involved what he termed sexual selection. This, as recast and researched by Dr. Prum in the last few years, goes a long way to explaining this diversity with entertaining and scintillating insights into animal, and especially our own human, behavior, both sexual and social.

Our “Birding Headquarters” will be located at the Arcata Community Center (321 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway) during the Spring Festival Weekend April 17 – 19, 2020, with field trips Wednesday through Tuesday meeting there as well.
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