Located at the north end of Humboldt Bay, the sanctuary is situated along the Pacific Flyway, a major migratory route for thousands of birds that breed in the far north and winter in California, Mexico, and Central and South America. These wetlands provide homes and migratory resting places for over 270 species of birds.
The Marsh is considered the best place to bird in Humboldt County and is widely known outside the area for its avian abundance. It ranks fourth in the state of California and 20th in the entire United States for species diversity, according to the eBird database of bird sightings. More than 70 bird species can be found at the Marsh year-round. Each season reveals its own delights.
The Arcata Plaza is the hub of Arcata-local businesses and food, as well as your everyday Arcata life. Make it down to the plaza on Saturdays for the beloved farmers market, and enjoy what Arcata has to offer! The Plaza has a lot of really old buildings and architecture to enjoy as well as many special events and festivals.