2016 SoCal Urban Refuge Impact Report

See the impact of what $1M/year can do for connecting people with nature here in SoCal.

2016 Impact Report


Return of the Quino!

March 27, 2017 quino on pentachaeta by spring strahm

Endangered Quino checkerspot butterflies are getting a new chance to re-establish on the refuge.

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We are an Urban Refuge

The SoCal Urban Wildlife Refuge Project

Urban Wildlife Refuge circle sticker logo

On August 13, 2014, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Director Dan Ashe announced a new $1M annual award for the SoCal Urban Wildlife Refuge Project. This effort spans across the San Diego NWR Complex, Los Angeles, and the Hopper Mountain NWR Complex in Ventura. The project connects urban audiences with nature in their backyards, and engages Southern California communities and youth in wildlife conservation.

SoCal Urban Wildlife Refuge Project

About the Complex

San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Complex

San Diego National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the San Diego 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.

Learn more about the NWRS