Thank you to all who joined us for the 2024 Godwit Days Festival!

Next year’s 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 19, 2024 @ 6:30 p.m., Keynote with Sequoia Park Zoo

Presentation: “Stories from the Nest: Sequoia Park Zoo’s Conservation Partnerships”

Join the Sequoia Park Zoo’s Conservation Advisory Committee for stories from the nest! Ever wonder what it’s like to be an eaglet in the nest? Climbing biologists like our Zoo Director are experts at using ropes to access tree crowns and cliff sides that most humans have never seen or imagined. You’ll see videos showing interactions with young birds in their nest and learn about why accessing these sites is so important to bird conservation. At ground level, hear about how the committee has been monitoring the response of wild bird populations to the Zoo’s habitat restoration project that brought native plants back to our Zoo’s landscaping through the Native Plant Initiative. The Director of our Butterfly Conservation Program will share about captive-rearing threatened and endangered butterfly species for release to boost wild populations. The Zoo’s other conservation programs and partnerships will be discussed including our Quarters for Conservation program, Conservation Grant program, Conservation Lecture Series, and participation in the Northern California Condor Restoration Program.

Saturday, April 20, 2024 @ 7 p.m., Keynote with Alvaro Jaramillo 

Presentation: “Birding Fast and Slow”

Alvaro Jaramillo, owner of international birding tour company Alvaro’s Adventures, was born in Chile but began birding in Toronto, where he lived as a youth. He was trained in ecology and evolution with a particular interest in bird behavior. Research forays and backpacking trips introduced Alvaro to the riches of the Neotropics, where he has traveled extensively. He is the author of the Birds of Chile, an authoritative yet portable field guide to Chile’s birds. For some time, Alvaro wrote the Identify Yourself column in Bird Watcher’s Digest. He is author of a major New World sparrow chapter for the Handbook of Birds of the World (now Birds of the World), and the new ABA Field Guide Birds of California. He was granted the Eisenmann Medal by the Linnaean Society of New York, it is awarded occasionally for excellence in ornithology and encouragement of the amateur. He organizes and leads international birding tours, as well as a full schedule of pelagic trips in central California. Recently, he started Birding Your Best Life ( a membership community relating to birding and enjoying birds. Alvaro lives with his family in Half Moon Bay, California.