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Winter Wildlife Wonders

Weather or not, here they come! Winter wildlife is abundant in Northern California, from migratory birds to big-as-a-car elephant seals. Combine it with a hike and a beer, and make it a wild weekend!

Week 01.30.2020
Regions Northern CA

Owl Be there

Hike the Owl Marin Trail in Marin

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The Owl Trail, Marin’s swooping seashore tramp, offers the chance to spy migrating gray whales offshore, and sightings of the trail’s namesake, great horned owls.
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Big Love!

Hike to the Elephant Seals at Ano Nuevo State Reserve

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Every year in winter elephant seals converge on one of their favorite breeding grounds, 13 miles south of Pescadero on the San Mateo coast: Año Nuevo State Park.
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North Lake Tahoe's 18 Winter Wows

18 Winter Wows in North Lake Tahoe

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See North Lake Tahoe's 18 Winter Wows
North Lake Tahoe's 18 Winter Wows

Big Sky, Lodi

Visit the Birds of Cosumnes River Preserve in Lodi

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In winter millions of birds in winter travel the Pacific Flyway, a major north-south migration route that includes a stop at the Cosumnes River Preserve just north of Lodi.
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