Thursday, March 03, 2005

Godwit Days 2005 features Bird Atlas

CITIZEN SCIENCE IS 10th ANNIVERSARY THEME;
COUNTY BREEDING BIRD ATLAS UNVEILED

The Godwit Days April15th-17th has selected “Accomplishments in Citizen Science” as the theme of this 10th annual festival. As part of Humboldt County’s own citizen science effort, Redwood Region Audubon Society (RRAS) will unveil at the Festival its nearly 500-page “Atlas of the Bredding Birds of Humboldt County, California.” Nearly 100 people – many of them amateurs -- went out in the field to look for bird behaviors that indicated nesting was occurring or contributed data from their research studies. Starting in 1995, 5 years of data collection were followed by 5 years of analysis, review, map creation, and writing of the accounts describing the habitat preferences and natural history of our 181 breeding species.

This April 15th, atlas authors John Hunter and David Fix will speak about the project during the lecture following Friday night’s Opening Reception at the Arcata Community Center. They, along with co-authors Jude Power and Greg Schmidt, will be available that evening to sign copies offered for sale by RRAS during the Festival. The authors will also be signing atlases at the Natural History Museum Reception Saturday 16, 5-7 pm, refreshments served ($3).

In recognition of the monumental Atlas effort and of the many years of Festival support by RRAS, Godwit Days has chosen RRAS (www.rras.org) as this year’s “Spotlight Organization,” to receive a portion of each paid registration.


Godwit Days PO Box 894 Arcata, CA 95518 707-442-0339 www.godwitdays.com
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