Although events within the Godwit Days festival — slated for April 17 to 23 — are starting to sell out, there are still plenty of field trips, boat excursions and workshops to go around.
As of a few days ago, space remained on these free trips:
April 17: Trinidad Head and Lighthouse (WE05)
April 19: Patricks Point State Park (FR22), Kids’ Owl Pellet Dissection Workshop (FR36)
April 20: Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge (SA54), COASST Workshop and Field Trip (SA55), Kids’ Birding Trip (SA58), Kids’ Drawing Workshop (SA62), Dune Ecology (SA63), Native Plant Walk (SA64), Binoculars and Scopes Lecture (SA67)
April 21: iNaturalist Bioblitz at Jacoby Creek School Garden (SU79), Arcata Marsh Birding and Wastewater Tour (SU80), Kids’ Birding Trip (SU82), Dragonflies Workshop (SU83), Lanphere Dunes (SU85).
The festival kicks off with a Dawn Chorus at the Arcata Marsh at 6:30 a.m. April 17 and ends at 10 a.m. on April 23 with a “Tail-end Tuesday” early morning field trip. The entire schedule, with detailed information on each event and online registration, is posted at www.godwitdays.org.
On April 19 at 5 p.m., a free opening reception kicks off at the Arcata Community Center. The reception is followed at 6:30 p.m. by two free lectures. The first presentation is by Humboldt State University wildlife Professor Mark Colwell on why Humboldt Bay is an important part of the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network, selected as the festival’s 2019 Spotlight Organization. The second talk is by Noah Strycker, an associate editor of Birding magazine and author of four bird books, who set a world Big Year record in 2015, on “Birds of the Photo Ark,” featuring close-up photos of beautiful, exotic and threatened birds
Bird Fair booths with commercial vendors of birding supplies and informational booths by local nonprofit organizations will be open from 5 to 6:30 p.m. April 19; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 20 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 21. Arcata Artisans will have art on display and a silent auction in the main hall offers many chances to bid on donated goods and services.
Bring the kids to see a live bird presentation by the Sequoia Park Zoo between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on April 20.
Hundreds of drawings and paintings by Humboldt County students in the 16th annual Student Bird Art Contest, co-sponsored by Friends of the Arcata Marsh and Redwood Region Audubon Society, will grace the lobby and hallways of the Arcata Community Center. Prizes for the art contest — plus a nature writing contest sponsored by the Audubon Society — will be awarded at 10:30 a.m. April 20.
Additional events aimed at children are two kids’ birding trips to the Arcata Marsh (April 20 and 21 in the morning) and an owl pellet dissection workshop, drawing workshop and free drop-in family nature crafts session sponsored by Friends of the Arcata March from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 20.
Several events don’t require any registration fee, but people must sign up in advance to guarantee a spot by visiting the website or calling 707-826-7050.
The 2019 festival artwork features marbled godwit photos by David Price of Laughing Frog Photography, on T-shirts for sale in the registration area.
Visit the Godwit Days website, www.godwitdays.org, to review the event schedule. Registration is available through the website or by calling 707-826-7050 or 1-800-908-WING.