On the first Wednesday of every month, you can take a guided bird hike led by Friends of Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge volunteer naturalist, Louise Bacon-Ogden.
Bird walks usually last an hour and a half to two hours and cover a distance of about two miles. It's free and beginners are welcome. You can check out binoculars and also share the walk leader's spotting scope.
To reach the refuge, take the Hookton Road Exit off Highway 101 about four miles south of Fields Landing. Turn right at the end of the off-ramp onto Eel River Drive and left again immediately onto Ranch Road, where a large sign directs you to refuge headquarters 1.5 miles from the highway exit.
And mark your calendars: One of the most stunning events, happens repeatedly in February and March. The once endangered Aleutian cackling geese descend in the thousands and even tens of thousands. The morning fly off has become a draw to the refuge as flock after flock after flock careen toward grassy fields. The Center opens early on these special occasions, please call for specific dates.