Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

For more information, please visit the Department of Interior webpage at


  • Phalarope

    Fall Program Schedule

    Here's our fall lineup of activities. All programs are free of charge.

    Activity Schedule for Fall 2018

  • Northern Harrier

    eBird Trail Tracker

    Discover what birds were recently seen at the refuge by using the eBird Trail Tracker

    eBird Trail Tracker

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    Refuge Gallery

    View images of Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge

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  • South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project

    South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project

    Get more information on the largest wetland restoration project on the west coast.

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    Tideline Newsletter

    Download the latest issue of the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex newsletter.

    Tideline Newsletter

What's Happening

Our Own Refuge Super Fan!

October 10, 2018 Lynnea Shuck

Meet Lynnea Shuck, a senior at Harvard University, who discovered the beauty of the refuge.

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Building New Trails & Wildlife Habitat in Ravenswood Unit

October 2, 2018

Starting July 2018, the refuge launched a levee maintenance and habitat enhancement project at the Ravenswood Ponds, on lands directly south of the City of Menlo Park’s Bedwell Bayfront Park.

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Earth Day 2019 Teen Wildlife Art Show

October 17, 2018 Scrub Jay by Ayesha, Grade 9

Open to students grades 6-12.

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Volunteers Needed for Visitor Center Desk in Fremont

Visitor Center Desk Volunteer

We are seeking friendly and outgoing volunteers to welcome and orient visitors at the visitor center in Fremont. Training is required.

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Regular Waterfowl Hunting Season Begins Oct 20

Hunt Promo

General duck hunting season begins Oct 20. Join us for an informational pre-hunt meeting about how to obtain a permit, hunt sites, and refuge regulations on Sept 15 at the Environmental Education Center in Alviso from 1 p.m.-2 p.m.

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About the Complex

San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the San Francisco Bay 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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