Eco Briefs



MARSH FIELD TRIP Join Redwood Region Audubon Society for a free guided field trip at the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary on Saturday, Jan. 14, from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Bring your binoculars and meet trip leader Kathryn Wendel at the end of South I Street (Klopp Lake) in Arcata for easy-to-walk trails, a beautiful view of Humboldt Bay, and a diverse range of winter birds, including ducks, geese, shorebirds, raptors, loons, grebes and mergansers.

MARSH HISTORY & ECOLOGY Friends of the Arcata Marsh (FOAM) is sponsoring a free tour of the Arcata Marsh & Wildlife Sanctuary on Saturday, Jan. 14. Meet leader Sharon

Levy at 2 p.m. in the lobby of the Interpretive Center on South G Street for a 90-minute, rain-or-shine walk focusing on Marsh history, wastewater treatment, birds, and/or ecology. Masks are strongly recommended inside the building. For more information, call (707) 826-2359.

WATERFRONT TOUR Redwood Region Audubon Society will offer a free guided birding tour along the Eureka Waterfront Trail on Sunday, Jan. 15, from 9 to 11 a.m., with leader Ralph Bucher. This relatively urban trail offers the potential to observe species abundance and diversity compared to many more remote locations. This walk is on a flat, paved trail that is wheelchair accessible. Email Ralph to sign up for this field trip at

BIRDWATCHING IN INDIA Please join Redwood Region Audubon Society at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday,

Jan. 18 for a program titled “Vihangam – Birds and Birdwatching in India” (Vihangam means “birds flying” or “birds-eye” in Sanskrit). The presenter, Karthik Sai, will deliver the presentation via Zoom from India. Mr. Sai guided our RRAS president, Gail Kenny, and her family, on an amazing bird excursion, while she was in southern India this past August. Mr. Sai is a wildlife researcher, photographer, guide, and conservationist. He goes by “Bird Man” in Tirupati, India where he works as a wildlife consultant to Tirupati Wildlife Management Division and a wildlife biologist at Sri Venkateswara National Park. Mr. Sai has been passionate about wildlife photography since childhood. As a Tirupati native, he always had a dream to photograph birds and animals in the Seshachalam forest which is home to 215 species of birds. Mr. Sai has photographed 179 of them and 574 species in India. He has an M.A. in Wildlife Sciences and a diploma in Ornithology. Hot drinks and goodies will be served at 7 p.m. so bring a mug to enjoy tea or shade-grown coffee. Please come fragrance-free in person to the Masonic Lodge, 251 Bayside Road in Arcata, or attend virtually on Zoom (see for the link). All are welcome!