WE07 Arcata Ridge Trail & Aldergrove Pond | 2020 | $15
Time - 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Trip Leader(s): George Ziminsky
This event will meet at the Arcata Community Center, out front of the building. Festival headquarters will not be set up there quite yet so just look for others with binoculars and spotting scopes.
The Arcata Ridge Trail access off West End Road has opened up a nice strip of riparian habitat. Part of the City of Arcata’s Community Forest trail system it follows along Janes Creek with redwood forested slopes above. Former mill ponds have created cattail marshes and Virginia Rail, Marsh Wren or Common Yellowthroat are possible. The Black-capped Chickadee flock should move through the riparian with Wilson’s and Orange-crowned Warblers, a vireo or two and some song sparrows. Up slope the classic redwood forest birds will be seen or heard: Pacific Wren, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Varied Thrush, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Brown Creeper and Steller’s Jay. Back out and around the old mill site down West End Road towards Hwy 299, Aldergrove Pond is just on the other side of the former sawmill. Here again is a small urban pond and its associated riparian habitat. The pace of this trip will be relaxed and casual, it will cover our basic forest and woodland birds. Not much need for a scope, expect moderate walking on well maintained trails. Bring a reusable water bottle and a lunch.