Sunrise at the Refuge - Geese Fly Off

  • Recurrence: Recurring on the 1st Sunday of March
  • Location: Humboldt Bay Wildlife Refuge
  • Address: 1020 Ranch Rd
  • Loleta, CA
  • Time: 6:15 AM
  • Price: free

Watch thousands of Aleutian cackling geese fly off their night time roosts. The entrance gate will open at 6:15am, ½ hour before sunrise. Head out for a walk along the Shorebird Loop Trail and view the habitats of southern Humboldt Bay at first light. The fly-off usually occurs within 15 minutes before or after sunrise.

Special this year -- breakfast at the Hunt Cabin prepared by Boy Scout Troop 47 from Fortuna and bird silhouette painting inside the Visitor Center. Bring a mug for coffee, cocoa or tea. Donations appreciated.

This is a popular event. We encourage everyone to please carpool to ease parking congestion on the refuge. For more information or special accommodation please call (707) 733-5406.

NEW THIS YEAR every Saturday and Sunday in the month of March, rain or shine, the entrance gate will open 1/2 hour before sunrise.

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