A member of the Coachella Valley Wild Bird Center, wearing her name badge, displays an owl for an education group. A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff person, in uniform, stands by to assist.

Linda, from Coachella Valley Wild Bird Center, giving an educational talk to a visiting school group.

The National Wildlife Refuge System is committed to building partnerships which encourage conservation and preservation of our natural and cultural resources.  Partnerships with the Refuge System bring innovative approaches to solving land management and water disputes in the most environmentally protective manner.  Scientifically-informed and technologically-based stewardship of our public lands, waters, wildlife and special places must be collaborative efforts between the Refuge System, other government agencies, and private organizations if conservation efforts are to succeed.

The Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge Complex has several partnerships.  We partner with The Coachella Valley Wild Bird Center, Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association, Imperial Irrigation District and the Center for Natural Lands Management.  Linda York, at the CVWBC, cooperates with us in rehabilitating sick and injured birds.  Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association supports natural history interpretation of the Borrego and Imperial Valleys.  Through this non-profit association, our facility is able to operate a bookstore where we offer educational materials and souvenirs.