Online registration for Birding on the Madaket is OPEN

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Next year’s festival dates are April 17-20, 2025







Welcome to Godwit Days!


Come celebrate the Marbled Godwit and explore the lush Redwood Coast. Observe many bird species and other wildlife through our selection of field trips, lectures, and workshops led by experienced local guides during our annual festival each April. Tour the expansive mudflats, the wild river valleys and the rocky ocean coast of this sector of the Klamath bioregion in northwest California.

Upcoming Special Events: 

Birding on the Madaket Cruise – August 25, 2024

Pelagic Boat Tour – September 2024


Student Bird Art & Nature Writing Contest Results:

Student Bird Art Contest: Click here for 2024 results. Winners artwork will be on display at the Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center during May and June.

Nature Writing Contest: Click here for 2024 results.


2023 Bird of the Year Winner:

The Purple Gallinule was found on November 24 by Yana Valachovic, Nicole King, and her father Tom King between Brackish and East Ponds at the Arcata Marsh during a post-holiday walk. Read article here.


Godwit Days MERCHANDISE is available!

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Friday, April 18, 2025 @ 6:30 p.m., Keynote with Michael Kauffmann

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Saturday, April 19, 2025 @ 7 p.m., Keynote with Rosemary Mosco

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