Wildlife and Zoos

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Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary

Park in Arcata, California
Arcata Wastewater Treatment Plant and Wildlife Sanctuary is an innovative sewer management system employed by the city of Arcata, California. A series of oxidation ponds, treatment wetlands and enhancement marshes are used to filter sewage waste. Wikipedia
AddressGearheart Marsh, Arcata, CA 95521
Opened1949
Hours
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Fay Slough Wildlife Area

Eureka, CA 
The 484-acre Fay Slough Wildlife Area is previously grazed land that has been restored to coastal and seasonal wetlands. Riparian woodlands occur along the eastern and southern edges of the area, and are dominated by red alder and willows. Many species of resident and migratory songbirds utilize this habitat, as well as egrets, herons and various raptors. There are also many species of reptiles and amphibians that occur is the area, including northern red-legged frogs, pacific chorus frogs, northwest salamanders, and newts.
For more information, call the Northern Region Eureka office at (707) 445-6493.

Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Loleta, CA 
Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge is located on Humboldt Bay, on the California North Coast near the cities of Eureka and Arcata. Wikipedia
Address1020 Ranch Rd, Loleta, CA 95551
Area6.25 mi²
Hours: Closes at 5:00 PM  Established1971

Lanphere Dunes Unit

Arcata, CA
The Lanphere Dunes, a unit of the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex, is located in Humboldt County, California. Wikipedia
Address6800 Lanphere Rd, Arcata, CA 95521
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Ma-le'l Dunes, North Arcata, CA

Wildlife refuge in Humboldt County, California
AddressArcata, CA 95521
Open 24 hours

Pacific Coast Fish Wildlife

Arcata, CA
Wildlife refuge in Arcata, California
AddressArcata, CA 95518

Prairie Creek Redwoods and State Park 

Wilife Viewing:

  • Whale watching! Peak migration months for viewing gray whales are November - December and March - April. A resident population may be seen any month of the year at the Klamath River Overlook. Pick a clear, calm day. Bring your binoculars and watch for their spouting. Other good viewing spots include: Crescent Beach Overlook, Wilson Creek, High Bluff Overlook, Gold Bluffs Beach, Thomas H. Kuchel Visitor Center.
  • Roosevelt elk, one of the largest members of the deer family, are the most easily observed wildlife in the parks. They are seen throughout the parks, but primarily south of the Klamath River in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, Gold Bluffs Beach, along the Bald Hills Road, and in the Orick area. Males sport large antlers in late summer through winter. Females are smaller in stature and have no antlers. The rut, or mating season, occurs in fall. Calves are born in grassy, open areas in May and June. Be careful: elk are wild and unpredictable animals. They are particularly dangerous during calving and the fall rut. Always observe them at a safe distance.
  • Tidepool marine life and seabird viewing! Enderts Beach, ½-mile (1 km) walk down the Coastal Trail from the Crescent Beach Overlook; Lagoon Creek/Yurok Loop, 1-mile (1½ km) hike to Hidden Beach; Wilson Creek along Highway 101; pick up a tides schedule at a visitor center.

Sequoia Park Zoo 

The Sequoia Park Zoo is a zoo located in Eureka, California, operated by the City of Eureka. The zoo is part of a larger park complex including 60-acre of mature second-growth coast redwood forest, Eureka's largest public playground, and a duck pond, in addition to meticulously kept formal and natural gardens. Wikipedia
Address3414 W St, Eureka, CA 95503
Opened1907
Area5 acres
HoursOpen ⋅ Closes 4PM
Number of species54 (in 2013)