Volunteers are very important to the refuge's success. Volunteers work alongside refuge staff and partners on virtually all refuge programs including interpretation and environmental education, office assistance, wildlife management activities and a variety of maintenance duties. Please contact us in the office or at (707) 733-5406 if you would like to volunteer or get more information.
The Friends of Humboldt Bay NWR and Friends of the Dunes both assist the refuge in innumerable ways, from recruiting volunteers to leading walks and providing environmental education. Please call the refuge for further information.
We also work with Audubon Society, Humboldt State University, The Nature Conservancy, CA Coastal Conservancy, CA Waterfowl Association, Ducks Unlimited, Pacific Coast Joint Venture, Aleutian Goose Working Group, local schools, communities, ranchers, and others.
Volunteer Application (24 KB pdf)
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.