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Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

Our mission is to conserve plants suited to the climate of the Mendocino Coast and display them for the enjoyment and education of our guests. The Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden offers everything from colorful displays to thunderous waves. The mild maritime climate makes it a garden for all seasons, attracting gardeners and nature lovers. With manicured formal gardens, a dense coastal pine forest, native flora and habitats, fern-covered canyons, camellias, rhododendrons, magnolias and conifers, heaths and heathers, and flower-filled coastal…

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Lake Earl Wildlife Area

Lake Earl Wildlife Area

The centerpiece of the Lake Earl Wildlife Area is the Lake Earl Coastal Lagoon, which is the largest coastal lagoon on the continental West Coast outside of Alaska. The Wildlife Area encompasses 5,000 acres with an edge perimeter of 60 miles. It is part of a vast dunes and wetlands complex that includes the surrounding Tolowa Dunes State Park, located on the Pacific Flyway where 317 species of birds have been recorded. The Lake Earl Wildlife Area provides forage and…

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Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge is a network of wetland habitats on the coast of Northwestern California. Established in 1971, the refuge is composed of several different units totaling almost 4,000 acres and forming a mosaic of mudflats, estuarine eelgrass meadows, saltmarsh, brackish marsh, seasonally flooded freshwater wetlands, riparian wetlands, streams, coastal dunes, and forest. The refuge supports over 316 species of birds and 40 species of mammals and provides habitat for approximately 100 species of fish and marine invertebrates….

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Homestake Mine – The Donald and Sylvia McLaughlin Natural Reserve

Homestake Mine – The Donald and Sylvia McLaughlin Natural Reserve

Homestake Mining Company was once Lowerlake’s biggest employer with over 300 employees churning out 250,000 ounces of the precious metal annually. When Homestake axed its mining operation at McLaughlin Mine in 1996, it spelled the end of 200 jobs and an 11-year reign as California’s most productive gold mine. The 105 remaining employees spent their time sifting the 14 million tons of stockpiled ore that had already been unearthed, which was finished sometime in 2003. From 1985 to 2002, Homestake…

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Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary

Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary

The Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary protects an area of 399 square nautical miles (529 square miles) off the northern California coast. The Sanctuary encompasses brilliant and diverse marine life, above and below the water. The centerpiece of the sanctuary is an offshore granitic bank 4.5 miles wide by 9.5 miles long. The bank is located on the continental shelf, about 43 nautical miles (nm) northwest of the Golden Gate Bridge and 18 nm west of the Point Reyes Lighthouse….

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Castle Rock National Wildlife Refuge

Castle Rock National Wildlife Refuge

This coastal island covers approximately 14 acres and rises steeply 335 feet above sea level. The refuge provides an important sanctuary for Aleutian Canada geese and nesting seabirds. It is in fact known as the second largest nesting seabird colony south of Alaska (after the Farallon Islands). The estimated number of seabirds using Castle Rock has been as high as 150,000. It also has the largest breeding population of common murres in California; the latest estimate for common murres was…

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Audubon Canyon Ranch

Audubon Canyon Ranch

Audubon Canyon Ranch protects the natural resources of its sanctuaries while fostering an understanding and appreciation of these environments. We educate children and adults, promote ecological literacy that is grounded in direct experience, and conduct research and restoration that advances conservation science. The ACR encompasses two preserves and the Cypress Grove Research Center. 1. Bolinas Lagoon Preserve This thousand-acre wildlife sanctuary has a rich mosaic of natural communities. Forests of Douglas fir, coast redwood, and California bay blanket the steeper…

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Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary

Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary

The Arcata Marsh is just a few blocks from downtown Arcata making it an easy day trip for visitors. The trails offer perfect opportunities for hiking, jogging, bird watching, bicycling, or even just sitting. The Marsh is a popular destination for bird watching as it is located along the Pacific Flyway, a major migration route for birds that breed in California, Mexico, and Central and South America. The Arcata Marsh also servers as a low-tech waste water treatment facility for…

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