FOR WORLD BIRD WEDNESDAY, these pictures from The Arcata Marsh, where we spent a couple of days last week. It is in Northern California. This Marsh is not only one of the coolest birding places ever, it is simply one of the coolest PLACES ever.
We have visited it several times in the past, because the Humbolt Bay area of Northern California was always one of our favorite long-weekend destinations when we lived in Oregon (in our other life, when we worked and owned a home in Springfield).
The reason this place delights me every time I think of it is that this whole wonderful 300 plus acre wetlands area was created to serve as part of the City of Arcata's wastewater treatment system. Nearly all of it is accessible to the public on trails. The Sanctuary includes freshwater ponds, tidal mudflats, saltwater marshes and an interpretive center. The Marsh once was the site of a landfill and several lumber mills and some remnants of train tracks and loading areas remain.
The former leach pond is now a brackish water pond known as Klopp Lake, where thousands of shorebirds visit annually.
You can read more about the MARSH by clicking this link. Or better yet, go visit it. You won't be disappointed.