Encompassing the coastal lowlands from the southern portion of Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park south to Patrick's Point, this is an area of large coastal lagoons surrounded by redwood forest. Most of the land is protected as state and federal parks (incl. Humboldt Lagoons State Park, Redwood National Park) with scattered parcels of private lands.

Ornithological Summary

Like Lake Earl to the north, this is a major coastal wintering area for non-marine waterfowl. The mature redwood forest in the hills east of the lagoons supports a significant proportion of California's nesting Marbled Murrelets, many of which winter just offshore, as well as breeding Vaux's Swift and Peregrine Falcon (in an ancient redwood snag). Most of the northwestern specialty birds such as Ruffed Grouse, Barred Owl and Gray Jay are found here.

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Conservation Issues

Though this site is fairly secure from development, chronic management concerns include trampling of sensitive nesting and roosting habitat by dogs and beach-goers.

Ownership

Encompassing the coastal lowlands from the southern portion of Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park south to Patrick?s Point, this is an area of large coastal lagoons surrounded by redwood forest. Most of the land is protected as state and federal parks (incl. Humboldt Lagoons State Park, Redwood National Park) with scattered parcels of private lands.

Habitat

Encompassing the coastal lowlands from the southern portion of Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park south to Patrick?s Point, this is an area of large coastal lagoons surrounded by redwood forest.

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