Loleta, Ca., (KIEM)- The Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge is asking for help to grow their H.I.T. team. H.I.T., the Habitat Improvement Team, provides an important service to the animals that call the refuge home.
The refuge, established in 1971 is close enough to the roar of Highway 101 that traffic can still be heard, however the 4,000 acre habitat supports more than 316 bird species and 40 different kinds of mammals.
“A lot of the things we’ve planted provide cover or food that’s essential to a huge diversity of wildlife. It’s just like gardening really.” Denise Seeger explains. She works at the visitor’s center at the refuge, and is helping to organize the team. “You’ve gotta come back and weed and maybe do some mulching. Even in the summer time we have to water, so the habitat improvement team members that show up tomorrow will be helping up do that.
“It’s what the Wildlife Refuge is about. Maintaining habitats for wildlife to simply have their needs met.” Seeger says.
Volunteers will help nurture planted native species, weeding out invasive brush, to manage the land that marks a stop for so many birds on the Pacific Flyway.
The workday Saturday will start at 9 a.m. and run until noon. Closed-toed shoes and water are a must for volunteers to bring along, according to organizers. Snacks and tools will be provided.
“It’s gorgeous out, it’s Autumn, and that’s a beautiful time to be here.” Seeger says.
For more information visit: https://www.fws.gov/refuge/humboldt_bay/