Winter storms have uncovered old training munitions on the beach near the barge. Although they are not armed and pose no threat, the munitions will be removed. Until removal is complete, please leave all metal debris alone. Thank you. Questions, call (510) 792-0222.Learn more
About the Complex
From sand dunes to salt marsh, from rocky, offshore islands to golden beaches, the San Francisco Bay Refuge Complex offers a glimpse into the biological treasures of the SF Bay & Monterey Bay areas.
Salinas River is managed as part of the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
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About the NWRS
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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One former manager described this species as "an oddity worthy of a freak show." Follow the journey of a former intern's search for this elusive species.Read the story
Western Snowy Plover
The precocious chicks use camouflage to protect themselves from predators.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Beach/Aric Crabb, Smith's Blue Butterfly/Dale Hameister, Snowy Plover Stare/Jenny Erbes, Snowy Plover Chicks/Jenny Erbes
Last Updated: Mar 11, 2017