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Its a Whale of a Good Time

There’s more whales in the Monterey Bay this season than we can remember!  Come out to Sand Rock Farm and take an ocean adventure with Sanctuary Cruises.
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Hummingbirds, Harbinger of Spring

Feb 23rd, 2014 by kris | 0

A flash of color, a whir of wings flitting hither and yon, and you know the hummingbirds are here. Flashing their iridescent colors to communicate with each other, they are tiny but mighty and back in the Santa Cruz area from their winter in southern California and Mexico.
Plant any salvia, columbine, or other deep throated plant from which they can sip the necter. Set up colored sugar water stations for their visits. You will be rewarded with the red throated Allen’s hummingbird or the magenta Anna hummingbird (a year around resident). You might even catch the Rufous Hummingbird.
March 1st and 2nd visit the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum and celebrate the annual Hummingbird Days. There is plentiful bird watching, guided garden tours, presentations, arts and crafts and food.

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