On a clear Wednesday morning at the Arcata airport, we boarded a red and white Beechcraft 35-A33 Debonair and proceeded to receive flight instructions from our pilot, Mike Venturino.
Jennifer Savage, Northcoast Environmental Center’s Coastal Programs Director, and I were heading out on LightHawk flight to conduct a survey of fishing activity in the Del Norte/Humboldt area and the weather couldn’t be more perfect. After all the pre-flight checks were complete, we taxied down the runway and took off, banking north. Our flight plan included heading north to fly over all the Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) up to the Oregon border, and then we would head south to capture any activity in the South Cape Mendocino MPA, before returning to Arcata. All along our path we would keep an eye out for vessels, get lower for a better view of offshore rocks or boats and keep track of what we observe. Despite the beautiful, sunny, wind-free conditions along our entire flight path, there were only 8 vessels that we encountered, none of which were within any MPA, but noted on the datasheets just the same. Read more
CALLING ALL ARTS & CRAFTS VENDORS
On Saturday, December 13th, the Smith River Rancheria is hosting the Winter Solstice Arts & Crafts Sale. The event will run from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at Howonquet Hall Community Center in Smith River and is open to the public. The vendor fee is only $10 so call (707) 487-9255 to reserve your spot today! Download .pdf Vendor Application Here