Explore the Outdoors of Mendocino County
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Wildlife in Mendocino County

Harbor Seal.

Harbor Seal.

Marine Mammals

Whales, porpoises, dolphins, seals, sea lions, and river otters can travel and live along the Mendocino Coast. The Noyo Center has an excellent reference to marine mammals. Use this button to learn more.

Bald Eagle on the Eel River.

Bald Eagle on the Eel River.


Take a moment and quietly look around. Regardless of where you are in Mendocino County, you are likely to see birds. Learn more about them from the Mendocino Coast Audubon Society or the inland Peregrine Audubon Society.

California Black Bear. Photo by June Ruckman


Bears and mountain lions are the largest wild, land mammals in Mendocino County, and they are fairly common. Exercise bear and mountain lion precautions when hiking and camping.