One of the last remaining wetland ecosystems in Southern California, the Bolsa Chica Wetlands form the largest saltwater marsh south of Point Conception, Santa Barbara County. Approximately 1,300 acres in size with an intricate five-mile trail system, the wetlands are home to more than 65 species of fish, birds, invertebrates, and mammals, Continue reading
All throughout elementary school, junior high, and high school, one of my favorite activities was the class field trip. No matter where we were going, I was excited to visit somewhere new. On the central California coast, students often visit the sandy beaches of Año Nuevo – a field trip location I wasn’t fortunate enough to visit until I had grown up, but it was worth the wait. Continue reading
You sometimes see the phrase “All drains lead to the ocean” painted on the pavement near drainage grates in city streets, but this saying also holds true for watersheds across California. The Russian River is no exception. The river’s headwaters are located near the inland city of Willits in Mendocino County, where it begins its meandering, 110-mile journey through oak hills, valleys filled with vineyards, urban centers, and redwoods, eventually making its way to a foggy ocean outlet at Jenner. Continue reading
This is Part Two of a special installment of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife series, Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas. Part One of the installment investigated what makes this bit of estuary special and the protections that are in place to safeguard it. This final installment takes an inside look at recent research documenting the current state of the marine recreational management area. Continue reading
This is a special, two-part installment of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife series, Exploring California’s Marine Protected Areas. Part One investigates what makes this bit of estuary special and the protections in place to safeguard it, while Part Two will take an inside look at research under way in the bay.
Situated along the rugged coastline of northern California and adjacent to the coastal towns of Eureka and Arcata, Humboldt Bay is the Golden State’s second largest estuary. Out of approximately 116 estuaries statewide, it encompasses about 28 square miles, and is second in size only to San Francisco Bay. Continue reading