Event designed with children mostly in mind
Participants should meet at the Lake Earl Wildlife Area Information Center, 2591 Old Mill Road, Crescent City, and come prepared for some fun nature activities featuring Denise Seeger, education coordinator for Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge.
The group will take a short stroll to a nearby pond to explore its muddy edge and hunt for plants, frogs, birds, bugs and worms.
All ages are welcome, and participants are encouraged to bring their sense of wonder, a snack, drinking water and insect repellent. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Great blue herons, Pacific tree frogs and marsh wrens are among the critters that might be seen on the tour. Seeger also hopes to see some red-winged blackbirds and red-legged frogs.
“I know we’ll be able to catch some tree frogs,” Seeger said. “When they’re croaking, that’s the males telling the girls that they’re available; its the males saying ‘hey baby.’”
Identifying wildlife in the marsh emphasizes the wetlands’ valuable role in the ecosystem.
Participants will dig up freshwater snails and invertebrates like worms, and cool aquatic plants will be identified, Seeger said.
Seeger usually coordinates volunteers, conducts educational activities for children, and leads wetland walks for visitors and families at the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge, which is just south of Eureka.
For more information call Sue Calla, 707-465-6191.
Tolowa Coast summer programs are sponsored by the Redwood Parks Association and the Tolowa Dunes Stewards in collaboration with California State Parks and the California Department of Fish and Game.