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August 07, 2017

Summer Wildlife Happening NOW!

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Santa Cruz County has year round wildlife watching - whales, sea lions, dolphins, tidepools, hundreds of species of birds - there's really not a bad time of year for seeing some creatures! But here's a quick roundup of photos - all taken within the last week - that will give you a realtime look at the Santa Cruz summer wildlife scene.

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February 03, 2017

Eagles Have Landed: Santa Cruz’s Favorite Celebrity Couple

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Santa Cruz’s latest celebrity couple sighting isn’t Kim and Kanye or anyone from Hollywood for that matter. The celebrated duo is a pair of bald eagles nesting at Harkins Slough in Watsonville. If that doesn’t make your heart flutter, then you have yet to discover how significant it is.

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December 28, 2016

Happy New Year! Now Take a Hike

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If you want to start the New Year off on the right foot, then lace up your hiking boots and hit the trails at some of Santa Cruz County’s best state parks. On January 1st, state parks across the country are offering free guided hikes to encourage folks to get outdoors and learn about the local flora and fauna right in their own backyard (or perhaps someone else’s backyard if you’re still on vacation). We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites that are sure to send you into 2017 feeling healthy, happy, and ready for the next adventure.

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December 20, 2016

Your Santa Cruz County Holiday Stress Relievers

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The holidays are supposed to be a time for slowing down and enjoying the company of good friends and family, but it’s easy to get caught up in the frenzy of Christmas shopping, decorating, gift exchanges, holiday work mixers, baking, party planning, and everything else that comes with making the holidays bright. And then there’s the extra stress at work as you try to get everything done before your vacation. Phew. It’s enough to turn the best of us into a real grinch and just hibernate until January.

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December 08, 2016

Winter: The Best Time for WILDLIFE in Santa Cruz County

Photo by Lisa Schouweile

Santa Cruz is known for its phenomenal wildlife viewing opportunities. Year round whale watching, birding and elephant seals, and seasonal monarch butterflies have put Santa Cruz County on the map for many nature enthusiasts! But in December and January there seems to be a crescendo of wildlife that make Santa Cruz a wintertime must-see! Wintering monarchs, migrating gray whales, breeding elephant seals and upwards of 400 species of birds make these months the perfect time to get out and enjoy nature. And a major bonus to your winter getaway -- many hotels are partnering up for some great deals for your stay! So check out some of our wintertime wildlife must-sees, grab a FREE Wildlife Watch Kit, and start planning your trip to Santa Cruz!

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