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National Wildlife Refuge System Turns 115 Years Old

March 6, 2018 Blue Goose Wearing a Party Hat

The National Wildlife Refuge System will be 115 years old March 14! Take the ultimate challenge and test your knowledge about the national wildlife refuge system, and get inspiration for your next vacation.

Take the quiz on our sister refuge's (San Pablo Bay NWR) website.

Search for the Black Legless Lizard

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One former manager described this species as "an oddity worthy of a freak show." Follow the journey of a former intern's search for this elusive species.

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Old Munitions on Beach

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Winter storms have uncovered old training munitions on the beach near the barge. Although they are not armed and pose no threat, the munitions will be removed. Until removal is complete, please leave all metal debris alone. Thank you. Questions, call (510) 792-0222.

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About the Complex

San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Salinas River National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

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