San Diego is home to one of the most biologically diverse hotspots in the world, and the San Diego NWR is no exception. Come and learn about San Diego's native habitats, such as coastal sage scrub, riparian, cactus scrub, and native grassland. Find out how the US Fish & Wildlife Service is working to protect the sensitive and unique wildlife that live there. Many times, specialists or "experts" are featured on the hikes, covering special themes such as International Migratory Bird Day, National Pollinator Week, or Native Plants and wildflowers. Kids are encouraged - we have a little guessing game for them!
"Hike with a Ranger" is on Saturdays, usually lasts between 1.5 and 2 hours, and there is no shade during the hike. Please bring water, wear sturdy hiking shoes, and bring binoculars and a sketchbook if you have them. Binoculars may be provided to borrow for the hike.
Hiking Dates for 2013:
, 8am ~ 11am @ McGinty Mountain Trailhead
. This hike is steep and strenuous! It is about 4.8 miles round trip with a 1,280 foot elevation climb and includes switchbacks and long steady inclines. Experienced hikers only!
, 7am - 9am @ Par 4 Drive Trailhead
. Celebrate "International Migratory Bird Day
" with our refuge Wildlife Biologist, John Martin! Learn how to look and listen for birds in the Sweetwater River watershed, including threatened and endangered birds protected on the refuge.
July 27, 7am-10am @ McGinty Mountain Trailhead.
August 24, 8am-10am @ Par 4 Drive Trailhead, featuring the San Diego Mountain Biking Association.
September 28, 7am-10am @ Sweetwater Interpretive Loop Trailhead, with Refuge Wildlife Biologist John Martin for a bird hike in celebration of National Public Lands Day!
For more information, please call USFWS Interpretive Ranger Lisa Cox at:
(619) 476-9150 X 106 or email Lisa_Cox@fws.gov