Early Spring Coastal Classes Explore Shorebirds, Marine Mammals
Siskiyou Field Institute is offering two early-season natural history classes in the Crescent City area: Shorebirds of the Klamath Coast with Gary Bloomfield on Saturday, April 28th, and Seabirds and Marine Mammals of the Redwood Coast with Keith Bensen on Saturday, May 5th.
Shorebirds of the Klamath Coast begins with a visit to Crescent City Harbor, moves along the rocky coast at low tide toward Point St. George, and finishes up at Lake Tolowa. The class will seek out migrating and resident shorebirds: Black Oystercatcher, Black-bellied Plover, Whimbrel, Dunlin, Greater Yellowlegs, Black Turnstone, Surfbird, and more. The field portion of the class will be followed by a multimedia presentation at Redwood National Park Headquarters that focuses on the identification and biology of the shorebirds found along the Klamath coast.
Students attending Seabirds and Marine Mammals of the Redwood Coast will have an opportunity to hike a spectacular unroaded section of Redwood National and State Parkís Coastal Trail; observing the stateís fourth largest seabird colony, watching foraging seabirds and migrating gray whales, and visiting a rookery for the threatened Stellerís sea lion and the mouth of the Klamath River, where three other species of pinniped often feed.
Advanced registration is required for both of these classes. To register, or to learn more about Siskiyou Field Instituteís 2012 field season, call the Institute at (541) 597-8530 or visit them online at www.thesfi.org.