Yaqui beautiful shiner, male/W. Radke

Frequently Asked Questions

How big is it?
2,369 acres

When was it established?
April 1, 1982

Why is it here?
To protect the fish and wildlife associated with the Río Yaqui watershed.  The refuge was established under the authority of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 and the Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956 in order to “...conserve fish or wildlife which are listed as endangered species or threatened species...or plants.”

What can I do there?
Visitors can enjoy wildlife-dependent recreation, including wildlife watching and photography, hunting and environmental education, and interpretation programs.

What is a ciénega?
A ciénega is a spring-fed wetland.  It is a Spanish word and it is derived from its literal translation is ‘hundred waters’ or 'cien aguas.'

How can I get a job with the refuge?
All federal jobs, including those with San Bernardino National Wildlife Refuge, are announced and can be applied for at www.USAjobs.gov.

National Wildlife Refuge System link to Frequently Asked Questions website page.