TH18 Spotted Owls 1 – Moderate/Advanced Hike | 2020 | $25
Time - 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Trip Leader(s): Green Diamond Resource Co
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.
This trip is a “wow!” experience as we visit known activity centers of Northern Spotted Owls in their nesting habitat. If the owl cooperate, this trip offers superb photographic opportunities. The owls come amazingly close as they swoop down for the offered mice by the Green Diamond Resource Company (GDRC) biologist. Over the years, more of the Northern Spotted Owl activity centers have been taken over by Barred Owls and has made finding reliable responsive activity centers more difficult, thus there is no definite guarantee of seeing a Northern Spotted Owl, though tours in the past have been lucky. The biologists at GDRC are quite knowledgeable on the subject of Spotted Owl biology, and they are happy to share their experiences with these birds. This event will require a hike-in after driving on gravel roads. Expect uneven terrain and possibly a long walk. Wear hiking boots and dress in layers. Restrooms are available at the Community Center. Bring a reusable water bottle to fill there as well. Once the group carpools from the community center to Green Diamond property, they will be going behind a locked gate and cannot be joined up with, so be sure to be on time to meet the group. You may want to have a spotting scope available in your vehicle if we stop to scan for eagles, but it won’t be needed to see the owls (Repeats on Friday as event #FR31 – Easy/Moderate Hike, Saturday as event # SA59 – Easy/Moderate Hike, and Sunday as event # SU81 – Moderate/Advanced Hike).