The slough’s habitats include open water, tidal salt marsh, beach dune, riparian, vernal pool and upland coastal sage scrub habitats. Over 370 species of birds have been recorded on the refuge and in the adjacent Tijuana River Valley. The visitor center and native plant gardens offer interactive exhibits, guided bird and nature walks on four miles of available trails, as well as a Junior Ranger program. Hundreds of school children from kindergarten through high school participate in environmental education programs. Volunteers assist staff with projects such as native plant restoration.
To learn more about the refuge, please visit our Wildlife and Habitat page. To learn more about the Research Reserve, Refuge Complex, or the National Wildlife Refuge system, please click on one of the left-hand menu items above.