Introduction The Birds and When to See Them References

Birds of the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary

Known for its use of enhancement marshes and restored land, the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary is 307 acres of marshes, mudflats, and grassland located along Humboldt Bay. The combination of treated, fresh, and saltwater marshes are temporary refuge to over 270 species of birds through out the year. Hundreds of waterfowl stop at the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary during seasonal migrations to breed throughout the wetlands. Chances to see wildlife are high, come visit and see for yourself.

Figure 1. A marsh at Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary.

Birding Information

The best time to see the optimal amount of birds at the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary is near dusk or dawn. Some birds are seasonal, but a majority are year round. Know what your looking for - follow the link at the top of the page to find out which species you can expect to see at what time of the year.

Remember, quick movements and loud sounds may frighten the birds. PLEASE try not to disturb any of the wildlife; the marsh ecosystem is very fragile - remain on marked trails for the safety of the animals and visitors.

For more information feel free to visit the Interpretive Center.

Other Bird Resources:
  • Rare bird alert phone number: 707-822-LOON
Injured & Problem Wildlife:
  • Humboldt County Animal Control: 707-445-7223
  • California Dept. of Fish and Game: 707-445-6493
  • Humboldt Wildlife Care Center (injured animal hotline): 707-822-8839
  • HSU Marine Wildlife Care Center (oiled birds only): 707-826-3450