The time has come for the California Redwoods Bird and Nature Festival, formerly the Aleutian Goose Festival, to say goodbye.
We faced unexpected challenges this year that led to this hard decision:
We lost our festival organizer due to medical issues and a couple of major sponsors had to withdraw their support. The festival has always depended on localdonationsas well as therevenue generated by registrant fees.
Registration had declined with the global economic downturn, which has impacted many other small town festivals causing them to die away. All of these challenges in combination proved too much.
We wish to thank all of you for the support you have given to help us
create the only bird and nature festival ever held in Del Norte
County.In doing so, we were able to showcase our county's world-class
natural beauty and cultural treasures - forthousands of new visitors
from throughout this nation.
Travelers from distant states were lured by our menu of 70 field
trips and workshops that spread over five days. In spite of rain and
cold, these folks returned to the Cultural Center glowing and enthusing
about their walk in old growth redwoods, their Lake Earl kayak trip or
Smith River drift with professional fishing guides.
Klamath River boat trips and off shore ocean excursions were very
popular. Green Diamond spotted owl trips always sold out. Yurok and
Tolowa tribal heritage programs were reported as life-changing.
Our community and the festival earned the reputation among nature
festival-goers of gracious hospitality and warmth. As well we always had
free events for the community during the weekend, including speakers,
vendors, exhibits, rehabilitated wild animals and children's
The festival was successful for 11 years thanks to a cadre of
100-plus volunteers and trip leaders, big-hearted donors and
participating local businesses, state and federal agencies, too many to
name. We really appreciate each and every one of you!
We'd especially like to recognize for their vision and years of
support: City of Crescent City; Lucky 7 Casino; Crescent City/Del Norte
County Chamber of Commerce; The Daily Triplicate; Redwood National and
State Parks; Sutter Coast Hospital; KPOD/
KCRE Bicoastal Media; KHSU/
KHSR Public Radio; Yurok Tribe, and the Smith River Rancheria.
We'll hold onto all our mailing lists, though. Who knows, maybe
another organization with the capacity to present these types of
excursions throughout the year will yet emerge. Something like the
Yellowstone Institute or Yosemite Institute. Certainly the treasures of
our special place merit this.
With regrets and great memories from the 2011 Festival Steering
The committee includes Susan Calla, Rick Hiser, Sandra Jerabek,
Tedd Ward, John and Linda Ging, Susan Strong, Donna Thompson, Joyce
Christian, Mary Beth Sampson, Craig Strong, Alan Barron, Eileen Cooper,
Chris Burdg and Jeff Russell.