National Wildlife Refuge
|301 Caspian Way
Imperial Beach, CA 91932 - 3149
Phone Number: 619-575-2704
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Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge
Tijuana Slough Refuge is located in the most southwestern corner of the contiguous United States. It is one of southern California's largest remaining salt marshes without a road or railroad trestle running through it.
This important salt marsh is surrounded by San Diego County and Tijuana, Mexico, with a population of 4.3 million people. Within this international bioregion, the refuge maintains essential habitats for many migrating shorebirds and waterfowl along the Pacific Flyway.
Tijuana Slough provides critical habitat for the Federally-listed endangered California least tern, light-footed clapper rail, least Bell's vireo, and salt marsh bird's-beak, an endangered plant species. Designated as a Globally Important Bird Area by the American Bird Conservancy, over 370 species of birds have been sighted on the refuge.
The refuge's habitat and wildlife management programs focus on the recovery of endangered species through research, habitat restoration, and environmental education.
Getting There . . .
From Interstate 5, take the Coronado Avenue exit and head west.
At Third Street, turn south and follow the signs to the visitor center on Caspian Way. Wildlife viewing deck and interpretive panels are also located at the end of Seacoast Drive.
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The habitat and wildlife management programs at Tijuana Slough Refuge focus on the recovery of the endangered California least tern, threatened western snowy plover, and endangered light-footed clapper rail.
Least tern recovery actions include nest site preparation, predator control, and monitoring. Light-footed clapper rail recovery actions include salt marsh maintenance, predator control, and monitoring.
Major salt marsh restoration project to improve tidal circulation in the northern arm of the Tijuana Estuary was recently completed.