Natural Things to Do in Santa Cruz:
September - December
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Blue and Humpback whales end their migratory season this month.
Birding in area forests and mountains is at its peak and this is also a good time for owl spotting. State Parks offer many wilderness trails to good birding sites.
Gray whales south-bound migration season. Best seen from whale watch boats and along the Davenport coastline.
Red Legged Frogs are seen in gardens, wilderness ponds and at the UCSC Arboretum.
Its migratory birding season. This is a principal feeding and nesting area: Elkhorn Slough attracts over 340 species. Other popular spotting areas are at Wilder Ranch State Park and at the UCSC Arboretum.
Northern Elephant Seals breeding colonies are being formed at Año Nuevo State Reserve. Two-ton adult bulls are first to arrive and fight for dominant positions. They are followed by pregnant females and birthing begins shortly after the female landing.