Law enforcement is essential to virtually every aspect of wildlife conservation. It contributes to the National Wildlife Refuge System's efforts to manage ecosystems, save endangered species, conserve migratory birds, preserve wildlife habitat, restore fisheries, combat invasive species, and promote international wildlife conservation.
Law enforcement today focuses on potentially devastating threats to wildlife resource-illegal trade, unlawful commercial exploitation, habitat destruction, and environmental contaminants. The NWRS's Division of Law Enforcement investigates wildlife crimes, regulates wildlife trade, helps Americans understand and obey wildlife protections laws, and works in partnership with international, state, and tribal counterparts to conserve wildlife resources.
Federal officers patrol Humboldt Bay NWR lands to ensure the following rules and regulations are obeyed.
The following are prohibited:
•Driving, biking, and jogging (except on paved entrance road)
•Fires and fireworks
•Kite-flying (birds think they are aerial predators)
•Overnight parking or camping
•Weapons (except firearms legal for refuge hunting)
Please do not litter; carry out what you bring in!
To ensure a quality experience for our visitors and to minimize disturbance to wildlife, collecting natural objects such as plants, animals, feathers, antlers, and objects of antiquity (including Native American artifacts) is strictly prohibited.
To avoid conflicts with wildlife and other visitors, pets are not permitted on the Refuge.
The leafcutter bee (Megachile wheeleri) is one of the of specialized, solitary, ground-nesting bees that are crucial to the survival of our native dune mat community. The leafcutter bee, shown here pollinating dune goldenrod, cuts semi-circular pieces from goldenrod leaves and uses them to construct its nest cell. Native bees are gaining increased attention as pollinators due to the decline of the imported honey bee (Apis mellifera) through colony collapse disorder. Photo courtesy of Andrea Pickart.