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    MSCP Family Day - Saturday Nov. 3

    The county's MSCP program protects San Diego's diversity of wildlife. Join us in celebrating its 20th anniversary in Rancho Penasquitos!

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    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


Vicki Touchstone is National Employee of the Year

March 21, 2018 Vicki-Touchstone

Vicki Touchstone was recognized today as Refuge Employee of the Year by the National Wildlife Refuge Association! Vicki has been a significant influence in shaping the direction and management of the San Diego NWR, Seal Beach NWR, San Diego Bay NWR, and Sonny Bono Salton Sea NWR through her incredible Comprehensive Conservation Plans. Vicki also planned, designed, permitted, and implemented projects that benefit wildlife and expand access to visitors. Vicki’s talents as a planner and project manager are also being applied to future major habitat restoration and access projects such the Mother Miguel Trail, Otay River Estuary Restoration Project, and Tijuana Estuary Tidal Restoration Project. Congratulations on your well-earned recognition as Refuge Employee of the Year!

Award Announcement

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

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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.

Read more about the complex
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