FR22 Conifers & Birds of the Klamath Mountains | 2020 | $40
Time - 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Trip Leader(s): Michael Kauffmann
This event will meet at the Arcata Community Center, in the lobby. Festival headquarters will not be set up there quite yet so just look for others with binoculars.
Michael Kauffmann, author of Conifer Country, Conifers of the Pacific Slope, and Field Guide to Manzanitas, will lead an exploration into the Klamath Mountains, home to one of the most species-rich temperate coniferous forests on Earth. The trip will be centered along South Fork Mountain where, due to its proximity to the Pacific Ocean and complex soils, fosters complex plant associations — including over half of all the plant families in California. The group will explore the mutualistic relationships between birds and conifers and search out regionally exceptional plant and bird species in the Klamath Mountains. Stops include riparian canyons, serpentine ridgelines, forests, and mountain meadows. Be prepared for snow and/ or cold weather in the mountains. Bird highlights could include Cassin’s vireo, warbling vireo, Wilson’s warbler, red-breasted sapsucker, Bewick’s wren, and Townsend’s solitaire. Bring lunch, drink, hiking shoes, and warm clothes. Restrooms are available at the Community Center and potentially along the way. [NOTE: Trip price includes your choice of a book from the Backcountry Press catalog]