Featured Species

Western snowy plover

The Federally Threatened western snowy plover nests on the Refuge beaches from March - September. Their nests and eggs are very difficult to notice, as seen in the photo to the right. To protect this species, beaches are closed during this nesting season every year. 

La Graciosa thistle

Another recovery project on the Refuge is the restoration of La Graciosa thistle. The endangered thistle lives around the edges of wetlands and  riparian riparian
Definition of riparian habitat or riparian areas.

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 areas within coastal dune scrub habitat. It is currently found in only eight locations scattered along the Central Coast of California from Santa Barbara County, north to San Louis Obispo County. Learn more about the recovery of this endangered plant here.

a brownish red frog with black stripes and spots stared into the camera

This species occurs from sea level to elevations of about 1,500 meters (5,200 feet). It has been extirpated from 70 percent of its former range and now is found primarily in coastal drainages of central California, from Marin County, California, south to northern Baja California, Mexico....

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A monarch butterfly on a yellow flower

Adult monarch butterflies are large and conspicuous, with bright orange wings surrounded by a black border and covered with black veins. The black border has a double row of white spots, present on the upper side of the wings. Adult monarchs are sexually dimorphic, with males having narrower...

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