Thanks to our mild climate and productive ecosystems, many species of animals (including people) migrate to and through the Bay Area. Winter is a great time to learn about some of them.
In the North Bay, on Mare Island in Vallejo, you can attend the 11th annual San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival, February 2 through 4. The three days of activities include guided birding tours in landscapes ranging from wetlands to highlands, giving you the opportunity to see a great variety of the many birds that spend their winters in and around the Bay. Visit the festival website or call (707) 649-9464 for more details.
The annual Migration Festival in Santa Cruz County on February 10 provides a fascinating look at migrations at four Santa Cruz-area parks. Find out about the migration patterns of monarch butterflies, gray whales, newts, and steelhead, and stop by the visitor center at New Brighton State Beach in Capitola to learn about the migrating people who have played a role in the region’s culture and economies. A $6 day pass gets you into Natural Bridges State Park, Seacliff State Beach, New Brighton State Beach, and Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. For information, call (831)423-4609 or visit their website.
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