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, California State Coastal Conservancy, California Waterfowl Association, Ducks Unlimited, Pacific Coast Joint Venture, The Aleutian Goose Working Group, Trout Unlimited, The Fortuna Creeks Project, local schools, communities, ranchers, and others.
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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.