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Santa Cruz Bird Refuges

Santa Cruz Area Bird Refuges

Santa Cruz's many wetlands and natural preserves create an inviting environment for more than 200 species of birds — creating a bird watching paradise.
   

Elkhorn Slough Foundation

Box 267, Moss Landing, CA 95039  (831) 728-5939

Elkhorn Slough harbors the largest tract of tidal salt marsh in California outside of San Francisco Bay. This ecological treasure at the center of the Monterey Bay coastline provides much-needed habitat for hundreds of species of plants and animals, including more than 340 species of birds.

Docent-led tours of the Reserve are held every Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. There is also an early birding walk the first Saturday of every month at 8:30 a.m. More >>

Santa Cruz Bird Club

The Club sponsors birding walks in and around Santa Cruz County.  For a very detailed list of the best birding locations, please review the Club's Guide to Birding in Santa Cruz County, California.

 

What’s on Tap

Events

Santa Cruz Festivals & Events:

Thunderbirds on the Santa Cruz Wharf! Sept. 30, 2017 at 9am to 3pm.

Featuring the classic 1955-1957, the 1958-1965 vintage and the retro, 2002-2005 Thunderbirds.

Open Studios Art Tour – First 3 weeks in Oct. 2017

Welcome Back Monarchs Day – Oct. 8, 2017 11am – 4pm.

Annual Monte Foundation Fireworks Extravaganza! – Oct. 8, 2017

Santa Cruz Pumpkin Patches—Oct. 2017

MORE Santa Cruz Halloween Celebrations—Oct. 2017

Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival—Oct. 14 & 15, 2017

Main Street, Half Moon Bay, CA

 

 

For more event information, click on our Festivals & Events page for Santa Cruz.

 

Attractions

Top Santa Cruz Attractions:

 

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Fun for all ages.

Santa Cruz Campgrounds

Ocean views or Redwoods? Over 27 campgrounds and RV Parks

Santa Cruz Fishing 

Fall is fishing and crabbing season in Santa Cruz!

Santa Cruz Surfing

With 11 world-class surf breaks such as Steamer Lane and Pleasure Point, it is easy to understand why the greatest surfers in the world call Santa Cruz home!

Whale Watching – Whale Watching December through May

 

For more information on local attractions, click on the Attractions or Recreational Activities.

 

 

Advisories

The Region’s Fall Advisories:

Traffic Conditions. Rush hour traffic can be extremely challenging – especially along Mission Street and Highway 1 between Santa Cruz and Capitols. It’s a good idea to plan ahead and arrive early and leave late. Go to www.caltrans.com to learn about road conditions.

Yes, it’s still water, water, water! California is undergoing an extreme drought. If you are planning a lake vacation be sure to check about water levels. That rafting trip, fishing, or skiing can be impacted.

EXTREME fire danger. The drought has created a very dangerous combination of dry vegetation and no moisture in the air to help contain any fire. Please use extreme caution during your trip.