There are approximately 400 migratory and permanent bird species found throughout Santa Cruz County, and thousands of monarch butterflies, whales, and elephant seals which call the area home on a seasonal basis. Now, avid wildlife viewers have an easy-to-use resource, thanks to Visit Santa Cruz County’s free Wildlife Watching Guide. The 52-page guide is designed for use by both visitors to the area and residents of communities adjacent to the many birding and wildlife destinations throughout the county. Information on monarch butterflies, whale watching, and elephant seals is also featured. The guide includes information on a variety of habitats, from sandy beaches to lagoons, wetlands and river mouths, as well as descriptions and photographs of some of the area’s most commonly seen wildlife and the best times of the year for viewing. It also provides maps of birding and wildlife hotspots, points of interest, and pull-out map. Call 800.833.3494 to receive your free guide, or see

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