Natural Things to Do in Santa Cruz:
January - April
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Gray Whales close their southern migration pattern in January, and begin the northern passage in February. Males and juveniles lead the migration and by the end of March the cow-calf pairs are seen in this area. Best viewing is from the whale watching boats, the Davenport coastline and State Park beaches.
Northern Elephant Seals at Año Nuevo State Reserve. Female population and pupping season is at its peak by mid-January, followed with mating in February. Most adults return to the sea leaving the pups to learn to swim on their own.
Red Legged Frogs are seen in gardens, wilderness ponds and at UCSC Arboretum.
Snowy Plover nesting season begins at local beaches. Please watch your step!