Forty-three people of all ages came to discover the native reptiles and amphibians on the San Diego NWR, during the monthly themed interpretive program, “Hike with a Ranger.” The hike featured two biologists, Carlton Rochester and Chris Brown from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), who have been surveying for reptiles and amphibians for about 20 years. Their work around the San Diego area included the exact area of the refuge where the visitors were hiking that day.
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A small and beautiful member of the brushfoot family, this butterfly is federally endangered and known to occur on the San Diego NWR. It selectively lays its eggs only on the California plantain plant, and is very territorial during the breeding season.