Features

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    Photo Galleries

    Check out some fantastic images taken by local photographers, Ron LeValley, Andrea Pickart & David F. Thomson

    Refuge Galleries

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    Visitor Center

    The visitor center is a great place to stop and gather information before taking advantage of all of Humboldt Bay's visitor activities.

    Learn More About the Visitor Center

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    Ma-le'l and Lanphere Dunes

    Experience a diverse and dynamic coastal landscape of forests and salt marshes, sand dunes and beaches.

    Dunes Restoration

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    Saltmarsh

    Humboldt Bay saltmarsh habitat has decreased by 90 percent. Fortunately, the Refuge is making it a priority to restore this unique habitat.

    Spartina Invasion and Management

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    Freshwater Wetlands

    Humboldt Bay freshwater wetlands attract hundreds of species of migratory and resident birds.

    Wetland Management

News

Youth Conservation Corps Summer Job Opportunity

The Youth Conservation Corps is a summer employment program for young men and women, ages 15 through 18, who work and learn together by accomplishing needed conservation work on public lands. The eight week program will begin on June 18, 2018 and conclude on August 10, 2018. One crew of five applicants will be selected to work out of the refuge headquarters in Loleta. CA. Applicants will be selected by random drawing and will earn $11.00 per hour. All participants must bring a lunch and be able to provide their own transportation to and from the refuge. Work schedules will begin at 8:00 a.m. and conclude at 4:30 p.m. each day, Monday through Friday. The type of work to be performed includes: invasive plant control, wildlife habitat maintenance, basic construction, facilities maintenance and environmental education. Forty hours of natural resource conservation education programs will be incorporated into the scheduled eight weeks. These programs will provide information on the natural resources and responsibilities of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Deadline to apply is Friday, May 25, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

YCC Application

Birds Love Humboldt!

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Migratory Birds descend upon Humboldt Bay year round as they migrate from chilly northern breeding grounds to warmer wintering areas. These birds use the productive Refuge habitats ranging from freshwater wetlands to sandy forested dunes.

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Restoring Humboldt's Natural Habitats

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Restoring habitats to more natural conditions is a priority for Humboldt Bay NWR. Before European settlement, Salmon Creek meandered through brackish and saltmarsh wetlands before entering the south bay. In the early 1900's the creek was channelized and tidal influence was halted. This had serious impacts on the habitat and associated fish and wildlife communities. Beginning in the early 1990's the Refuge began restoring historic Salmon Creek conditions, completing the most recent stage of the project in 2012.

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Humboldt Dune Restoration

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The Refuge’s Lanphere Dunes Unit is home to the first dune restoration project on the west coast. Restoration began in the 1980s with early experiments to control invasive European beachgrass (Ammophila arenaria). By the early 1990s The Nature Conservancy (the past owner) began a large-scale mechanical eradication project that took 6 years to complete. This project became a template for dune restoration projects throughout the west coast and beyond. Most importantly, it demonstrated that by removing over-stabilizing beachgrass and other invasive plants, essential dune processes were restored, fostering the recovery of the ecosystem. Since that time, dune restoration has continued to evolve and expand. On our local dunes, over 7 miles of coastline have been restored in Humboldt and Del Norte counties, and plans are in the works that will more than double this number.

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About the Complex

Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS