Wildlife & Habitat

McGinty Mountain looking East

The San Diego National Wildlife Refuge supports an extremely diverse assemblage of habitat types and species. More than 14 species are currently listed as threatened or endangered, including some species addressed in the San Diego Multiple Species Conservation Program (MSCP). Although a comprehensive wildlife inventory has not yet been completed for the refuge; however, various surveys have been conducted over the years for different portions of the Refuge.  More information about the wildlife present on the Refuge is provided in the Comprehensive Conservation Plan. 

  • Habitat Types


    There are many different habitats within the San Diego NWR, however here are the top six most common.

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  • Threatened & Endangered Species

    Coastal California gnatcatcher

    Here are just a few highlights of threatened and endangered species that exist or are managed for on the refuge.

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