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    Movie: Connecting Urban Communities

    In February 2015 Scholars of the North American Nature Photography Association produced a film for the San Diego National Wildlife Refuges.

    View movie on YouTube

  • California least tern adult with chick

    Birds of the San Diego Bay NWR

    Hundreds of thousands of birds visit this refuge as year-round or migratory birds. Here's a glance at the beautiful birds you may see!

    Birds of San Diego Bay NWR

  • Aerial photo of completed western salt pond restoration project - Oct 2011

    Salt Pond Restoration Photo Gallery

    The Western Salt Pond Restoration Project of 2011 is finished. The birds are flocking. See the amazing transformation for yourself!

    Western Salt Pond Restoration Project 2011

On the Sweetwater Marsh Unit

Visit the Living Coast Discovery Center

Bat ray exhibit at the Chula Vista Nature Center

The Living Coast Discovery Center is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit organization, and runs in partnership with the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Visitors can enjoy environmental education programs and view live animals.

Learn more about the Nature Center

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

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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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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  • Conservation Leaders Plant Milkweed for Monarchs With Girl Scouts

    milkweed planting girl scouts April 2015April 15, 2015

    The best minds in conservation gathered together for a unique and special event one afternoon on Sweetwater Marsh at San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge that symbolized the efforts among the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Milkweed plants to sustain monarch butterflies travelling along their migration routes were planted by conservationists with the guidance of local Girl Scout Troop #5912 and #6149.

    Conservation Leaders Plant Milkweed for Monarchs With Girl Scouts
  • NANPA partners with the Refuge to make a movie

    NANPA video thumbnailFebruary 23, 2015

    "Connecting Urban Communities with Nature at San Diego Bay & Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuges" In February 2015 Summit Scholars of the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) produced a documentary film for the San Diego National Wildlife Refuges, highlighting two of the four Refuges they manage. This movie hopes to inspire the neighbors who surround these refuges to come walk the trails, and experience exhibits and various environmental educational programs.

    View the movie on YouTube
  • $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.

  • Restoration project wins Coastal America Partnership Award

    Team Salt membersJanuary 08, 2013

    The South San Diego Bay Restoration and Enhancement Project Team (Team Salt) has been selected to receive the 2012 Coastal America Partnership Award for its efforts in helping to restore approximately 300 acres of estuarine habitats as part of the South San Diego Bay Restoration and Enhancement Project.

    Restoration project wins Coastal America Partnership Award
Page Photo Credits — Elegant tern chicks on June 28, 2015 by Robert Patton
Last Updated: Aug 18, 2015
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