Many different species of birds either permanently reside in Humboldt County, or migrate through the area on their way to warmer or colder climates. The area is doubly perfect for birding because it also contains an amazing amount of natural diversity. Within minutes, birds (bird-watchers) can travel from towering redwood forests to lush river valleys, over sticky mud flats and down to rugged ocean coastlines. All these different areas support a tremendously diverse bird population.
A great way to view birds is at the Godwit Days Bird Migration Festival held at the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Area in April. It’s your opportunity to join kindred spirits and observe these graceful waterfowl on their northbound journey. The Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Area is world-renowned for excellent bird-watching opportunities. At the peak of migration season, during the April festival, you can go out on the “Humboldt Big Day” and see as many as 110 species on a single outing. This is only one of almost a hundred field trips, lectures, workshops and boating excursions that take place throughout the festival. Experienced bird-watchers or anyone interested in learning about birds will find few events better suited for this activity than the Godwit Days Bird Migration Festival.