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September 22, 2016

Free, New & Improved Wildlife Watching Guide

Santa Cruz is known for its phenomenal wildlife viewing opportunities. Approximately 400 migratory and permanent bird species are found throughout the county, and thousands of monarch butterflies, whales, and elephant seals call the area home on a seasonal basis. 

Photo courtesy of @hannahbauh Photo by Jeff Bleam

But sometimes it's hard to know where to go, what to look for and when to look. Lucky for us, Visit Santa Cruz County has made it easier than ever to know just where, when and who to look for with their new and improved Wildlife Watching Guide. This free and easy-to-use guide is a great resource for birding destinations, information on the varied habitats, as well as descriptions and fresh photography of some of the area’s most commonly seen birds and wildlife. Additional information is given on monarch butterflies, whale watching and elephant seals, plus, the best times to view them all.

Photo courtesy of @ehelbush Photo by Jeff Bleam

Complete with maps of birding and wildlife hotspots, points of interest, and itineraries, this guide is a one-stop-shop for all things wildlife in Santa Cruz County. So get out, grab your camera, and as always, don't forget to tag your photos with #VisitSantaCruz and/or #SantaCruzNow to share your Santa Cruz County wildlife adventure! 

Photo courtesy of @j.c.l.n Photo by Mark Brunig

Visit Santa Cruz County will distribute the free kit at its year-round visitor center at 303 Water Street in Santa Cruz, via mail by request through, or by calling 800.833.3494. Happy wildlife watching! 

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