Eco-briefs for Aug. 12, 2017 onward

TRINIDAD IVY ERADICATION Help California State Parks save Trinidad State Beach from being taken over by English ivy at a restoration work day Saturday Aug. 12 from 9 a.m. to noon in Trinidad. Meet at the parking lot off Stagecoach Road next to the school. Participants will receive one free day-use pass to Patrick’s Point State Park. Removing invasive non-native plants is a moderate activity; participants are encouraged to wear sturdy shoes for walking off trail. Gloves and tools are provided but feel free to bring your own. Work locations are less than a half-mile hike from the meeting location at the visitor center parking lot. (707) 677-3109, Michelle.Forys@parks.ca.gov

MARSH TOUR Friends of the Arcata Marsh sponsors a free tour of the Arcata Marsh & Wildlife Sanctuary Saturday, Aug. 12 at 2 p.m. Meet leader Barbara Reisman at the  Interpretive Center on South G Street for a 90-minute walk focusing on the plants and ecology of the Marsh. Loaner binoculars available with photo ID. (707) 826-2359

GODWIT DAYS FUNDRAISER Join expert birders David Fix, Rob Fowler, Tom Leskiw and Gary Bloomfield on a one-hour narrated cruise of Humboldt Bay aboard the historic vessel Madaket Sunday, Aug. 13. The trip will leave at 4 p.m. (boarding at 3:45 p.m.) from the Madaket’s departure dock at the foot of C Street in Old Town Eureka. A no-host bar is available. Godwit Day’s eighth annual Madaket tour offers you a chance to view shorebirds, seabirds and marine mammals, while helping to fund next spring’s birding festival, which will run April 18 to 24, 2018 at the Arcata Community Center. Tickets are $25, available at godwitdays.org.

HIKE THE OSSAGON TRAIL The North Group Sierra Club invites the public to a hike in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park’s Ossagon Trail to Parkway Trail Sunday, Aug. 13. Carpools meet at 9 a.m. at Ray’s Valley West shopping center in Arcata or meet at 10:15 a.m. at the trailhead on Newton B. Drury Parkway (mile marker 130.54.) Taking the Ossagon Trail to the beach, this moderate 6-mile hike will allow time to explore around the impressive rocks before heading south to meet West Ridge Trail. Turning inland, there is a long ascent to the ridge, from which the brief Zig-Zig #2 Trail connects us back to the parkway, where we will have shuttled vehicles for the return to Ossagon Trail. Bring water, lunch and hiking footwear. No dogs. Rain/wind cancels. (707) 668-4275, mgroomster@gmail.com

LAKE ALMANOR BIRDING The Godwit Days Spring Migration Bird Festival sponsors a special three-day event Aug. 16 to 18. Professional bird guide Rob Fowler and Godwit Days Board Member Dave Schumaker will lead a small group on an all-inclusive birding trip to Lake Almanor at the base of Mount Lassen.  The package, which costs $600 per person, includes two nights’ accommodations at the historic Bidwell House, two breakfasts, two sack lunches, two dinners, a boat ride on Lake Almanor and professional bird guides. Traveling by carpool will allow stops at various spots en route to the lake. Fowler will lead the group in birding with a focus on migrant shorebirds, high-elevation forest species and early migrant songbirds. Local Plumas Audubon Society guide David Arsenault will guide the boat tour to see nesting grebes up close. Net proceeds from the trip help fund next April’s Godwit Days festival. godwitdaysreg@yahoo.com, godwitdays.org

MARSH TOUR Friends of the Arcata Marsh sponsors a free tour of the Arcata Marsh & Wildlife Sanctuary Saturday, Aug. 19 at 2 p.m. Meet leader Katy Allen at the Interpretive Center on South G Street for a 90-minute walk focusing on the plants and ecology of the Marsh. Loaner binoculars available with photo ID. (707) 826-2359

MARSH TOUR Friends of the Arcata Marsh sponsors a free tour of the Arcata Marsh & Wildlife Sanctuary Saturday, Aug. 26 at 2 p.m. Meet leader Leslie Anderson the Interpretive Center on South G Street for a 90-minute walk focusing on the birds, plants, and ecology of the Marsh. Loaner binoculars available with photo ID. (707) 826-2359

SLOWER MARSH TOUR Friends of the Arcata Marsh sponsors a free tour Tuesday, Aug. 29 at 2 p.m. for those who love the Marsh and want to enjoy seeing it at a slower pace than regular Saturday tours. The tour will last 90 minutes across even, level ground and is suitable to attendees of all ages who want to learn and like camaraderie. Meet leaders John DeMartini and Jane Wilson at the first parking lot on South I Street in from Samoa Boulevard. This tour is held the last Tuesday of each month, come rain, shine, or wind. (707) 826-2359







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