Right now, northern elephant seal mating season is in full swing at Ano Nuevo State Reserve, a wildlife hotspot about a one-hour drive south of Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. The seals are the loudest, largest, and most obvious beneficiaries of that reserve’s protected status, but the island just offshore provides critical breeding habitat to a number of seabird species. (more…)
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A resident red tail hawk often bathes in the creek near the main entry ramp, then sits on a nearby fence post to dry its wings.
Other fascinating birds move through Fitzgerald Marine Reserve and the surrounding area during the fall migration, so pack binoculars for your autumn visits.
While the reef is the obvious hot spot for sea life exploration, the reserve bluffs west of the airport and the marsh adjoining Pillar Point Harbor are good for birding. Click for a map.
This entry in the Nature Conservancy blog last week had some advice about fall birding.
Ranger Sarah reports:
Island in 2009 by PRBO researchers.