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January 26, 2016

5 Beautiful Spots to Enjoy Birds in Santa Cruz County

Sandpippers - Photo courtesy of Lisa SheridanSandpippers - Photo courtesy of Lisa Sheridan
 
Marbled Murrelet and Peregrine Falcon may sound like foot-tapping bands at the weekly farmers market, but they’re actually the names of rare birds you may spot in Santa Cruz County. The region’s feathered friends extend beyond the gulls that cozy up to your bowl of clam chowder at the wharf. Situated along the Pacific Flyway -- a prominent migratory path that stretches from Alaska to Patagonia -- Santa Cruz plays host to hundreds of bird species. No experience necessary here. Just head to one of the spots listed below and see for yourself!

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December 17, 2015

Start the New Year with an Inspiring Hike

All Photos by Garrick RamirezAll Photos by Garrick Ramirez
Say “Auld Lang Syne” to holiday indulgences and start the New Year fresh with an inspiring hike in a beautiful setting. On January 1st, state parks throughout the country will ring in 2016 with First Day Hikes, a fourth annual program that offers free, guided hikes to all. Below, we’ve assembled a guide to outings being offered in Santa Cruz County. Hikes vary in length and rigor but all are designed with families in mind. So add a warm jacket and some outdoor gear to your holiday list and hit the trails with us on New Years Day.

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November 11, 2015

Santa Cruz Winter Wildlife Watch

Photo Courtesy of Giancarlo Thomae PhotographyPhoto Courtesy of Giancarlo Thomae Photography
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 from November through January there seems to be a crescendo of wildlife that make Santa Cruz a wintertime must-see!

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February 05, 2015

Fan Photo of the Week

This week's Fan Photo is a birdwatcher's delight! Check out this snowy egret enjoying the last light of the day at Natural Bridges State Beach by Instagram fan, @

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May 08, 2014

Thoughtful Thursday

Pajaro Dunes Resort WeddingsIt's not a sand castle, but it's just one of many unique properties steps away from the white sandy beach at

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