Student education and research are greatly enhanced by the facilities available at Humboldt State University, from the newly renovated Wildlife & Fisheries building to offshore ocean trips aboard the Coral Sea. Undergraduate and graduate students make us of all our facilities during lab sections of their courses and as part of their research projects conducted independently or in collaboration with a faculty mentor.

Photo: Wildlife and Fisheres BuildingWildlife and Fisheries Building

The 41,000 ft2 building was recently modernized and contains state-of-the art computer, necropsy, and energetic, bioassay, and water quality labs, graduate student research space, and student study rooms. Throughout the building are museum displays of birds, mammals, and fish, making the building a popular destination for local school and tour groups.

Photo: museum specimensWildlife Museum

The Wildlife Museum houses over 14,000 specimens including 7,900 avian specimens, 2,700 mammal skins and skeletal material, and 3,500 bird egg sets and nests. Museum specimens are used as teaching collection for taxonomy and conservation/management courses, research, and exhibits.

Photo:Deer in Game PensWildlife Game Pens

The game pens house captive mammals, birds, and amphibians. The facilities include several large (the largest is 7100 square feet) enclosures that are suitable for large mammals and birds, numerous smaller enclosures, and treatment/veterinary-care rooms. The game pens facilities form an integral part of the teaching and research mission of the wildlife program by providing live animals for student and faculty research and for instructional purposes.

Photo: Stockroom caretaker Mark Early checks out a scope to a studentWildlife Stockroom

The Wildlife and Fisheries stockroom is filled with equipment and supplies to support teaching and research such as binoculars and spotting scopes, mammal live-traps, aquatic sampling devices, GPS units, etc. With proper training, many of the items can be checked out to students enrolled is Wildlife classes for individual projects.

Photo: Marine Wildlife Care CenterMarine Wildlife Care Center

The Marine Wildlife Care Center on the Humboldt State University campus is part of a network of wildlife emergency response centers along the California coast, established by the Department of Fish and Game's Office of Spill Prevention and Response. In the event of an oil spill, students and faculty work side-by-side to help rehabilitate oiled wildlife.

Photo: Meadow at the Wright RefugeWright Refuge

The Wright Refuge is a small private refuge managed by the Department of Wildlife at Humboldt. The refuge is used as an outdoor laboratory for Wildlife classes and supports research and education programs for Humboldt undergraduate and graduate students. A constant effort bird banding program was started at the refuge in 1993 and provides opportunities for training in bird banding and bird banding education programs for local schools.

Photo: The R/V Coral SeaR/V Coral Sea

The Coral Sea is Humboldt State's marine research vessel. For nearly 40 years, Humboldt State students have gone to sea to study the ocean and its fisheries, wildlife, biology and geology. The ship is literally an outdoor classroom for HSU students.

Natural Setting

And let's not forget our most spectacular "facility" for teaching and research - the wonderful natural setting that surrounds Humboldt State University! From the Arcata Community Forest, to the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary, to the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge, our community boasts outstanding natural resources for study, research, recreation, and enjoyment.