Environmental Education

North Coast Flood Advisory Warnings

Flood Warning

Active for next 17 hours · National Weather Service

* Flood Warning for...
Northern Mendocino County in northwestern California...
Southwestern Trinity County in northwestern California...
Southern Humboldt County in northwestern California...

* Some locations that will experience flooding include...
Shelter Cove, Richardson Grove State Park, Covelo, Grizzly Creek
Redwoods State Park, Garberville, Laytonville, Honeydew, Hayfork,
Rio Dell, Leggett, Dinsmore, Forest Glen, Whitehorn, Carlotta,
Bridgeville, Alderpoint, Peanut, Scotia, Pepperwood and Petrolia.
Small streams and creeks will remain elevated through this afternoon
in the Mattole River Basin, Bear Creek Basin, and numerous other
small basins near the coast. Widespread ponding water will affect
low lying areas during periods of heavy rainfall and over topping
creeks will cause localized flooding. Culverts blocked by debris
will lead to localized flooding in many locations.

Please be safe out there. Here are links to information

Weather Underground

National Weather Service

Humboldt County Alert Center

Also there are many online sources for Emergency Preparedness and Ready

Remember that our region also has landslides and trees become uprooted in saturated soils as well. Environmental planners and resource agencies work hard to keep everyone safe and keep buildings out of flood zones, but many historic structures are in areas prone to flooding. An increase in impervious surface (roads, structures) in addition to loss of wetlands and riparian vegetation as well as more extreme weather due to climate increases the risk of catastrophic flooding. Many locals still remember the 1964 floods, but if you have not seen the amount of force behind our magnificent rivers please check it out. There are numerous sources including these posts from the Times Standard and North Coast Journals.

Diversity in the Western Wildlife Society

The Western Section of the Wildlife Society is an excellent way to learn more about and engage with local wildlife biologists and environmental scientists. TWS recognizes the importance of wildlife diversity, research and education and offers a wide-ranging list of courses, publications and social gatherings. TWS is working to promote more human diversity as well with a diversity committee.

The committee recognizes that diversity stems from not only ethnic and gender composition, but also cultural heritage, life and career experiences, economic backgrounds and abilities.They are committed to continuing efforts to attract, encourage, and fully develop talent from the full range of members.

The goals of the Western Section Diversity Committee are to: 

  • Engage youth to encourage interest in wildlife, conservation, and the field of wildlife biology;

  • foster a welcoming, inclusive and supportive environment for members of the society from underrepresented groups to achieve professional development;

  • and increase awareness of the value of human diversity to the society and field at large.

Check out their latest post and short video!

TWS Diversity West

Totally Batty Workshop!

Through the Western Section of the The Wildlife Society we were able to attend a workshop for the Ecology and Field Methods for the study of bats. During our habitat assessments for projects, we encounter numerous local bat species which are listed Species of Special Concern (SSC) by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA; California Public Resources Code §§ 21000-21177) requires State agencies, local governments, and special districts to evaluate and disclose impacts from "projects" in the State. Section 15380 of the CEQA Guidelines clearly indicates that species of special concern should be included in an analysis of project impacts if they can be shown to meet the criteria of sensitivity outlined therein.

This workshop combined lecture, discussion, and field exercises regarding ecology and conservation of California bats, covering species accounts, physiology, anatomy, behavioral ecology, conservation issues, and mitigation strategies. We employed field techniques of mist-netting, assessing species presence or absence, and acoustic monitoring to gain hands-on experience in monitoring and analysis. During evening field excursions we typically captured a half dozen bat species and, for those with proof of current rabies vaccination, we were allowed practice in extracting, handling, as well as collecting and recording data from captured bats. The following is a list of bats in Humboldt County that are commonly observed.

Scientific Name Common Name

  • Antrozous pallidus pallid bat

  • Corynorhinus townsendii Townsend's big-eared bat

  • Lasionycteris noctivagans silver-haired bat

  • Lasiurus blossevillii western red bat

  • Lasiurus cinereus hoary bat

  • Myotis evotis long-eared myotis

  • Myotis thysanodes fringed myotis

  • Myotis volans long-legged myotis

  • Myotis yumanensis Yuma myotis

Find your own ways to learn more about these creatures, which are extrememly important for pest-control and ecology. Here are some links to get you started!

Bats of the Humboldt Redwoods

The Wildlife Society

Information Regarding Species of Special Concern

Why Bats are Important

Build Your Own Bat House

Classroom portion-Taxonomy, identification and ecology

Classroom portion-Taxonomy, identification and ecology

Mist nets going up

Mist nets going up

Male Myotis

Male Myotis

Get ready for Coastal Cleanup Day!!

The Northcoast Environmental Center (NEC) organizes a number of events, but the Coastal Cleanup Day is one of the easiest and most rewarding events.  Please check out NorCal Beach Clean Initiative for things you can do every day to keep our beaches clean as well.  We finally "Adopted a Block" and will pick up cigarette butts around our block and pick up receptacles that they provide us.  @norcalbeachclean @your_nec

"Coastal cleanups are important for our beaches, rivers, estuaries and our local coastal environment. Human beings have continuously degraded those habitats for all life forms, including plants and animals with their wasteful, trashy ways.

Our North Coast coastline is one of California’s biggest assets, whether it be for recreation, production, water, or life; all of this depends on the health of our watersheds, beaches and coastal environment. It is predicted that by 2050 plastic and trash will outnumber fish in the ocean. If the public keeps polluting these ecosystems, it isn’t just humans that suffer the consequences, but the entire ecosystem. Wildlife frequently mistake debris as food and it has become an increasing trend to find marine life with stomachs full of plastic. Another common occurrence is to find animals entangled in derelict fishing gear or trash.

We need coastal cleanups not only to clean up our beaches and help our wildlife, but to show our representatives what type of trash and how much trash is washing up on our beaches. Knowing what and how much waste is washing up on our beaches helps us to get local ordinances and even legislation passed that can help reduce the amount of trash entering our oceans. We have been able to show our representatives and the manufactures that we do not want products that are damaging the environment in our day to day lives. We hope that with this wave of eco-consumerism we will be able to effect change to create a more environmentally conscious community.

The Northcoast Environmental Center got their start in beach cleanups with the Beach Beautification Project in 1979. Within the first nine days of the program over 2,300 pounds of debris were removed from Humboldt County beaches, and by the end of the first year over 34,000 pounds had been picked up along 110 miles of Humboldt coastline. The California Coastal Commission estimates that over 20 million pounds of trash have been picked up over the past 35 years statewide. We continue this tradition through our Adopt-A-Beach program, Coastal Cleanup Day and various other beach cleanups."