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  • American Avocet

    American Avocet

    Shorebird numbers such as those of the avocet, peak during spring migration

  • Yellow-footed Gull

    Yellow-footed Gull

    The Salton Sea is the only area in the U.S. to see the Yellow-footed Gull.

  • Clapper Rail Nest

    Yuma Clapper Rail

    Often heard but rarely seen, the Yuma Clapper Rail nests on the refuge.

Comprehensive Conservation Plan

Comprehensive Conservation Plan

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is pleased to announce the availability of the Draft Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) Complex Comprehensive Plan and Environmental Assessment (EA) for public review and comment.

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About the Complex

Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge Complex

The Complex includes Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge (SBSSNWR) and Coachella Valley National Wildlife Refuge (CVNWR)

Sonny Bono Salton Sea is managed as part of the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


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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  • Plan a Field Trip

    Environmental Education

    We offer guided tours and activities. Contact us at 1-760-348-5278 to learn more.

  • Notable Bird Sightings

    Recently Seen Birds: Neotropic Cormorant, Parasitic Jaegear, Ruff, Sandhill Crane, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron & Yellow-footed Gull.

  • Birding Locations

    Find birding locations and a map on Southwest Birders!

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  • Pelican Days

    Salton Sea State Rec Area

    The 3rd Annual Birding Festival will be held at the Salton Sea State Recreational Area on January 23rd, 24th, & 25th.

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Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Oct 03, 2014
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