The Seal Beach NWR is managed in accordance with the
National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966, as amended and
pursuant to the Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge Management Plan. This plan was approved by the Commander Officer at NWSSB and the
Regional Director of the Service in May 1974.
Management actions are directed primarily at preserving and managing the
habitat to support the light-footed clapper rail and the California least tern,
as well as preserving habitat used by migrant waterfowl, shorebirds, and other
Ongoing wildlife and habitat management actions on the refuge, some of which are funded by the U.S. Navy, can be divided into several categories: endangered species management, habitat restoration and maintenance, and general wildlife management.
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The smallest of the North American terns, they are migratory seabirds that breed primarily along the California coast. Their swallow-like flight gave them their earlier common name, Sea Sparrows. They were listed as Federally Endangered in 1970 mainly due to habitat loss.