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From wave-battered headlands and quiet tidepools & estuaries to specatcular redwood forests and valleys, California's world-famous scenery is a haven for wildlife. The diversity of habitats and wildlife species here are the greatest in the United States.
California WHALES are among the most spectacular natural wonders of Northern California. In March of every year, The Fort Bragg and Mendocino Whale Festivals offer Whale Watching Charters which are enjoyed by many coastal visitors and locals alike. These spectacular Charters are available year-round, and are offered by sea and by air.
California SEA OTTERS can be seen at many locations throughout the coast. This cute, furry, charismatic species, once hunted to near extinction, is now protected and flourishes in pacific waters.
Families of HARBOR SEALS can be seen just offshore, lounging on rocks and sunning themselves in large lumbering groups. Once described as "fins out, belly up and having too much of a good time," these photogenic creatures are ever a delight to inquisitive groups of coastal visitors. Harbor seals can be seen, of course, at North and South Noyo Harbor, as well as from most other shore locations.
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During peak annual migration periods, hundreds of thousands of BIRDS migrating along the Pacific Flyway descend upon our coastal wetlands in search of refuge and food.
Birds include gulls, eagles, hawks, owls, peregrine falcon, osprey, and a variety of shore birds and waterfowl along the coast. Among the best of coastal viewing locations is MacKerricker State Park. Also, visit the Mendocino Coast Audubon Society website for more birdwatching information.
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