About the Refuge

Seal Beach about the refuge

Established in 1972, the Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge is administered by the US Fish & Wildlife Service to protect and conserve essential habitats for threatened and endangered species.

These wetlands were protected for the survival of the endangered California least tern and light-footed clapper rail, and to provide quality habitat for migrant waterfowl, shorebirds and other water birds. The 965 acre refuge is located within the Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, in Orange County, California and encompasses remnant saltwater marsh in the Anaheim Bay estuary.  Seal Beach NWR serves as a critical stopover and wintering habitat for thousands of birds that migrate up and down the Pacific Flyway each year. The refuge also serves as an island of habitat in the midst of a dense urban setting for a wide variety of fish, wildlife and plants. Wildlife ranges from peregrine falcons and ospreys to grey smooth-hound sharks, round stingrays and green sea turtles, monarch and painted lady butterflies to microscopic aquatic invertebrates.

Thanks to strong partnerships with the Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, Friends of Seal Beach NWR, and several other organizations, there have been many wildlife management and habitat restoration success stories on the refuge. Because the refuge is located within an active military weapons station, public access is very limited. Monthly guided tours are available for the public on the last Saturday of each month (excluding December).  Please check our Plan Your Visit page for more information.
Contact Us:
(562) 598-1024 Refuge Headquarters
800 Seal Beach Blvd. Bldg 226
Seal Beach, CA 90740