All About our Festival and Special Events

Besides the mid-April main festival, the Godwit Days organization hosts special events throughout the year. See descriptions listed below or go to our Events page to see a complete listing of all currently scheduled events.

To register for events online, you will begin on the Events page and create your User Account the first time that you Check-Out.  If you already have a User Account, go to the log-in page. Here is a link to a page that explains our Accounts and Booking process.


Cancellation Policy: Full refunds (minus the $10 non-refundable Basic Registration processing fee) are available if a participant cancels before 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 31, 2022. A 50% refund is available if a participant cancels before 5 p.m. on Monday, April 11th, 2022. No refunds are available after that date and time. Please note that those who cancel their registration will still have access to the virtual part of the 2022 festival. A full refund is automatically issued for any events canceled by event organizers at their discretion.

Waiver of Liability: Godwit Days non-profit organization requires a waiver of liability for participation in field trips and activities during the Godwit Days Spring Migration Bird Festival held April 15-17, 2022 and other Special Events. (See the full Waiver here.) You will be required to signify that you have read the Waiver on the Check-out page. Agreeing to these terms indicates that you understand that any activities, especially those out of doors, entail some risk, and that you agree to hold harmless Godwit Days, its officers, agents, contractors, or organizers, from and against any and all claims & liability for damage or injury to persons or property resulting from your own personal activity, conduct or actions.

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Special Fundraising Events and Spring Festival


Pints for Non-profits (March 3, 2022)

Join Godwit Days at The Pub at the Creamery, 824 L Street, Suite A in Arcata on Thursday, March 3, starting at 5 p.m. One dollar of every draft beer, cider, kombucha, or soda (not wine) sold between 1 p.m. and 9 p.m. will support the 25th annual Godwit Days Spring Migration Bird Festival. You can order from the pub’s extensive menu (appetizers, salads, soups, wood-fired pizza, dessert). This is a fun way to come out and show your support for Godwit Days while having a drink with fellow birders and board members!

Change 4 Change (April 1-5, 2022) Link to flyer

Godwit Days 2022 is slated to be the beneficiary of Eureka Natural Foods’ Change for Change fundraising program. Between April 1 and 5, shoppers in the Eureka and McKinleyville stores can opt to round up their total purchase to the nearest dollar, with the difference donated to Godwit Days. Volunteers will be staffing a table outside the store entrances at yet-to-be-determined times over the 5-day period. Friends of the Arcata Marsh has agreed to provide several hundred give-aways, to entice people to stop by and learn about this year’s festival. Included in each goodie bag will be a blank Marsh critter ornament kit (otter, frog, duck, marsh wren, or dragonfly) to paint, a critter information card, a bird sticker, and a temporary bird tattoo.

The Godwit Days Spring Migration Bird Festival  (April 15-17, 2022)

This exciting 3-day hybrid festival features in-person field trips, virtual workshops, and a keynote lecture. Listen to fascinating lectures by acclaimed biologists, go on birding trips, and view species in their natural habitats. Held at the peak of spring migration, shorebirds abound and special opportunities are planned to see many other species, including Marbled Murrelet, Spotted Owl, and Tufted Puffin.  [See event listing.]

Birding on the Madaket  (Summer – tentative)

In the past, we have offered leisurely boat trips aboard the historic Madaket vessel out of Humboldt Bay, Eureka, CA in the summertime. Local bird experts narrate this tour around the bay while participants sit back and relax with appetizers and their choice of a glass of beer or wine. We have been offering this trip since 2010 and it has been very popular. We encourage people to sign-up early as these trips do sell out quickly. Let’s cross our fingers we can bring it back in 2022!

Godwit Days Fall Preview (Fall – tentative)

The Fall Preview offers a weekend of birding in and around Humboldt County, CA. Ten birding trips are offered with small group sizes for a more intimate experience. The focus is on rarities and birding hotspots. Again, here’s hoping we get to see a comeback in 2022!


About our field trips

In 2022, all in-person field trips will meet at locations specified in each trip description. Please refer to the event listing for location and links for use in Google Maps. 

Suggested things to bring: Comfortable hiking boots/shoes, warm clothes (dress in layers), rain gear, binoculars, scope and tripod, camera, field guide, bird checklist, notebook and pencil, sunscreen, insect repellent, FRS handheld radio (channel 7), water, and food (trips do not make stops unless otherwise noted).

*Keep in mind that some trips lack bathroom access.