Dune habitat in front of agriculture and pasture lands.
Humboldt Bay NWR hosts 11 unique habitat types that provide resources for thousands of species of fish, wildlife, plants, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. Click below to learn more about these valuable habitat types.
Humboldt Bay NWR employs management strategies based on the most current science to continually provide valuable habitat for the fish, wildlife, plants, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates that rely on it.
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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.