Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we encourage you to:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information
  • Follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


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    Visit the Refuge Virtually!

    Explore, play, and move as you discover the refuge with the FREE mobile app. Become an Explorer today!

    Click here to Explore!

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    Endangered Species Badge

    Girl Scouts, earn your Endangered Species Badge virtually! Discover your local endangered and threatened species.

    Girl Scouts: Earn Your Endangered Species Patch Virtually

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    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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What's Happening

Refuge Closures and Cancelled Events

Note the refuge closures and cancelled events as of March 12, 2020

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A Home for Salty


Have you met Salty the Havest Mouse? Join us for a virtual reading of the story of Salty's search for a home.

Link to Youtube Video.

Salty Board Game

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Looking for fun activities that you can do at home? Make your own board game and go on an adventure with Salty!

Salty Board Game (11Mb PDF file)

Live Virtual Programs


We are offering live, virtual programs! Learn about the history, habitats and plants and animals of the Refuge from the comfort of your home! Look for updates about upcoming virtual programs on our Facebook page and at the San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society Facebook page at

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.

Read more about the complex
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.

Learn more about the NWRS