Arcata Field Office

Birds of the King Range National Conservation Area

The King Range area provides a variety of habitats for many bird species. Ocean-front habitats stretch 30 miles from south of Shelter Cove north to the Mattole River Estuary and includes rocky and sandy areas. The estuary area provides important habitat for migrating and wintering birds. Well over half of the terrestrial habitat is comprised of mixed evergreen forest of which about half has been burned or cut over. The remaining habitat types include manzanita/ceanothus, coastal prairie, and northern coastal scrub. The King Range is laced with fresh water streams which contain riparian vegetation of varying amounts and quality. These riparian areas provide important habitat requirements for numerous wildlife species. About two thirds of the terrestrial bird species depend on riparian areas to fulfill all or part of their habitat requirements.