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.

Caution with Drones and Wildlife Please

Recently there was a presentation at the Sunrise Rotary Club in Arcata regarding the use of drones near pelagic bird colonies and the disruption and stress it is causing to many nesting species. The drones often fly to close, stress the birds and often they fly off of nests, leaving them open to predation. The Audobon society has written on various ways drones are affecting bird species.

On the most recent Wildlife Society newsletter, an article in National Geographic titled “Viral bear video shows dark side of filming animals with drones” . It clearly shows a mother bear and cub climbing a difficult and treacherous snowy mountain. The cub falls a bit and is almost back up when the drone startles the bears, and the tiny cub falls again, almost to his death.

The cub does make it back up to his anxious mother, the these interactions of drones and wildlife are happening more often, frequently through simple ignorance and carelessness.

Drones have been useful for environmental science and biology, as have other tools like wildlife cameras and tracking devices. The tools can also be disturbing and detrimental. Please be aware of any observation that you conduct and help spread awareness of the use of drones and impacts to wildlife.

Thank you!