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  • Acorns

    Help us Plant Acorns!

    Volunteer with refuge and Earth Discovery Institute staff to plant acorns at 3 different locations on Jan. 9, 30, & Feb. 13 from 9am - 1pm.

    More info on the EDI website...

  • Earth day 2012

    Hike with a Ranger - January 9

    Learn about oak woodland and coastal sage scrub ecosystems with Refuge staff. 11:30 - 1:00pm at the Sweetwater interpretive loop.

    More info on the EDI website...

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    Mt. San Miguel Trail Closure

    You may have heard about or seen the Mount San Miguel trail closure recently. Here is information why it was necessary to close the trail.

    Mount San Miguel Trail Closure info


Team Helps Golden Eagles nest on the Refuge

GOEA nest platform installationAugust 16, 2013

The Refuge teamed with Bureau of Land Management, San Diego Association of Governments’ Environmental Mitigation Program, and Frontier Environmental Solutions, Inc., to increase the number of nest sites for Golden Eagles in southern San Diego.

Team Helps Golden Eagles nest on the Refuge

About the Complex

San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Complex

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The San Diego NWR Complex manages diverse wildlife and their habitats on four Refuges: Tijuana Slough NWR, San Diego Bay NWR, San Diego NWR, and Seal Beach NWR.

San Diego is managed as part of the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

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  • $1 M Awarded for the SoCal Urban Refuge Project

    Birdwatching with John and Sally thumbnailAugust 13, 2014

    On August 13, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Director Dan Ashe announced a $1M award to the SoCal Urban Wildlife Refuge Project at the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge to 175 enthusiastic supporters and partners. The San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Complex was chosen to receive a $1 million increase in base funding to reach new urban audiences and engage Southern California communities and youth in wildlife conservation.

  • Second Episode of "Pieces of 8"

    Pieces of 8 Episode 2 thumbnailJune 07, 2013

    The Pacific Southwest Region's (Region 8) own video magazine of sorts features our recent 1,800-acre land acquisition to the San Diego NWR. Check out the video here!

    "Pieces of 8" Episode 2
  • "A Growing Passion" for native oak trees

    A growing passion thumbnailMay 09, 2013

    San Diego NWR volunteers planted acorns for the third season in a row, and were featured on a special series by host Nan Sterman called, "A Growing Passion." You can still watch for re-runs for episode 4 airing on Thursday evenings at 8:30 pm and repeating 4:00pm on Saturday afternoons; on KPBS television, Channel 15 Cox Cable 1011 HD, and Time Warner Cable 711 HD.

    Click here to view the video
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Rinus Baak/USFWS
Last Updated: Dec 29, 2015
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