20th Annual Godwit Days Spring Migration Bird Festival – April 15th – 21st, 2015

Welcome to Godwit Days!

Come celebrate the Marbled Godwit and explore the lush Redwood Coast. Observe many bird species and wildlife through our selection of field trips, lectures, workshops, and boat excursions led by experienced local guides. Tour the expansive mudflats, the wild river valleys and the rocky ocean coast of this sector of the Klamath bioregion in northwest California. Learn more about the history of Godwit Days or find out about Godwit Days festivals and events.

Our 2014 Keynote Speaker, Keith Hansen

Keith Hansen is a wildlife artist who specializes in the inspirational and accurate portrayal of birds. He was raised in a family of artists and lovers of all things natural. This combination of creativity and care for our natural world has become manifest in his works and images.

Keith HansenKeith’s work has formed the major artistic contribution to over a dozen books. Over two hundred of his illustrations have appeared in various ornithological journals, magazines, and environmental newsletters including American Birds, Continental Birdlife, and Western Birds.

He recently finished creating the images for a newly released book entitled Birds of the Sierra Nevada, their Natural History, Status and Distribution. Published by the UC Press and beautifully written by authors Ted Beedy and Ed Pandolfino, this 420+ page guide, showcases the entire Sierra Nevada and the birds that call it home.

You can also join Keith for “The Carbon Free Big Year” on Saturday 7—9pm. More…

2014 Friday Evening Opening Lecture

JAlexander_photo_120This year’s Spotlight Organization is the Klamath Bird Observatory/Humboldt Bay Bird Observatory
John D. Alexander, PhD, Klamath Bird Observatory Founder and Executive Director will speak about “Birds, Birders, and Bird Observatories: A Conservation Story”.

Join us for a historically-informed and forward-looking narrative by the charismatic leader of Klamath Bird Observatory, Dr. John D. Alexander. Birds are certainly captivating, but did you know they are also incredibly accurate indicators of the complex health of our lands and waters? Recreational birders and professional ornithologists, by observing birds and telling their stories, have had a profound influence on nature conservation. More….

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Special thanks to Media Liaison Sue Leskiw

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