Refuge staff cooperates with and support partner agencies, organizations, and contractors in the implementation of region-wide projects that benefit the goals of multiple species conservation, and the long-term management of the plant and wildlife resources on the Refuge. The Refuge also provides logistical and permitting support for research projects that have the potential to benefit wildlife and habitat by improving our knowledge of ecology and management. Such projects include the San Diego Natural History Museum’s Plant Atlas project and several research projects being conducted by graduate student researchers from local and out of state universities. By partnering with agencies such as Bureau of Land Management, California Department of Fish and Game, City of San Diego, City of Chula Vista, and County of San Diego, as well as with conservation organizations including Earth Discovery Institute, The Nature Conservancy, and Conservation Biology Institute, and by including community volunteers, the Refuge better achieves its goals of supporting the conservation of the rich biological diversity of the San Diego area.
The following are a few of the partners that the San Diego NWR works with (and in no particular order):
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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.