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Whale Watching Point Reyes

Whale Watching Point Reyes

Many whale species are seen from Point Reyes, but the most common is the Pacific gray whale. Gray whales pass the Point Reyes Headlands every January as they migrate southward to their calving lagoons in Baja California. In late March and early April, they again pass the Headlands on their return to their northern feeding grounds in Alaska. Types of Whales or Sealife Likely to be Viewed Here Pacific gray whales, Humpback whales, Elephant seals Best Times for Viewing Gray…

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Wildflower Viewing Point Reyes

Wildflower Viewing Point Reyes

Point Reyes National Seashore is a jewel in the California Floristic Province – one of 25 regions of the world where biological diversity is most concentrated and the threat of loss most severe. Unique geology, soils, and climate conditions make for a highly variable landscape within a relatively small land base. The Seashore encompasses over 70,000 acres of dunes, sandy and rocky beaches, coastal grasslands, Douglas fir and Bishop Pine forests, wetlands, chaparral, and wilderness lakes. The broad range of…

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Virgin Creek Beach, MacKerricher State Park Birding

Virgin Creek Beach, MacKerricher State Park Birding

The place where the freshwater of Virgin Creek meets the Pacific Ocean is one of the best birding spots on the Mendocino Coast. There’s a variety of habitat close at hand, including a sandy beach, rocky outcrops and grassy dunes. Expect to see an assortment of shorebirds, maybe an endangered Snowy Plover or two, particularly during periods of migration. Park near Highway 1 between Church School Lane and Virgin Creek Lane. It’s a short 10 minute walk through a little…

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Ukiah Sewage Treatment Plant

Ukiah Sewage Treatment Plant

At the Ukiah Waste Water Treatment Plant, or UWTP, you can probably see more species of birds in less time than anywhere else in the Ukiah valley. Its habitat range is outstanding. UWTP features four settling ponds, beautiful stands of mature valley oaks, blackberry thickets, and mature pear orchards across the fence. All this along a wooded stretch of the Russian River. The sludge pond near the entrance is edged with cattails and shrubby vegetation, while the three large percolation…

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Van Damme State Park Birding

Van Damme State Park Birding

The park offers a variety of habitat from a pebble beach to a lush fern canyon; a pygmy forest where mature, cone-bearing cypress and pine trees stand six inches to eight feet tall; and a bog, or ‘cabbage patch’, where skunk cabbage grows in abundance. The park’s ten miles of trail go along the fern-carpeted canyon of Little River. There’s also a paved road used by joggers, bicyclists and birders. The beach is popular with abalone divers, sea kayakers, and…

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Trinidad Rocks ~ Important Bird Area

Trinidad Rocks ~ Important Bird Area

Among the many offshore rocks of the Trinidad coastline are five identified as significant between Elk Head and Little River State Beach, centered on the town of Trinidad. These include (north to south) White Rock, Green Rock, Flatiron Rock, the Trinidad Bay Rocks and Little River Rock, along with a handful down the shoreline. These rocks support one of the most diverse seabird nesting colonies in California, including one of the few California colonies of Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel and small numbers…

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Tule Elk Watching Point Reyes

Tule Elk Watching Point Reyes

Tule elk were reintroduced to Point Reyes National Seashore in 1978. Since then, the elk have grown from 10 animals to over 450, one of the largest populations in California. There are two separate herds of tule elk at Point Reyes. The larger herd is at Tomales Point, a 2,600-acre fenced reserve at the north end of the Seashore. The other is a herd of roughly 70 animals that was transplanted from Tomales Point and now roams free in the…

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Ten Mile Beach and River, MacKerricher State Park Birding

Ten Mile Beach and River, MacKerricher State Park Birding

Ten Mile River and Beach: The beach south of Ten Mile River is part of MacKerricher Park. The parking area at the south end of the bridge offers handicap parking and benches where you can sit to enjoy the view. Walk across the bridge for splendid looks at Mergansers and Osprey hunting fish in the river. Look under the bridge for Cliff Swallows and Purple Martins nesting in drain-holes. Grasshopper Sparrows have been known to nest in the hills on…

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Seal and Sea Lions – Northcoast Marine Mammal Center

Seal and Sea Lions – Northcoast Marine Mammal Center

The Crescent City Harbor provides views of seals and sea lions lounging on floating docks. Best viewing from the Chartroom Restaurant and the parking area on the south side of the harbor. On the north side of the harbor, visitors can get an even closer look at the North Coast Marine Mammal Center where injured pinnipeds and orphaned babies are cared for. Successful rehabilitation results in the animals being returned to the ocean. Best Time for Viewing: All day Best…

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Rodman Slough

Rodman Slough

Located along the Pacific Flyway, Lake County hosts more than 300 species of birds. With diverse landscapes sprawled around Clear Lake – the largest natural freshwater lake in California and possibly the oldest in North America – birds and other wildlife make Lake County their home throughout the seasons. At Rodman Slough, visitors can view great blue heron and great egret nesting colonies, a variety of waterfowl, hawks, and an occasional bald eagle. Arriving in large numbers in the fall,…

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