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    Clean Seeds for Restoration - Sept. 10

    Spend a day helping the habitat without leaving the comfort of air conditioning! Drinks and snacks will be provided. From 8AM to 12PM.

    Earth Discovery Institute event page

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    Native Plant Sale! 9/24 & 10/1

    Help create a native habitat for wildlife in your own home, and help benefit our environmental education programs!

    Earth Discovery Institute event calendar

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    Mt. San Miguel Trail Closure

    You may have heard about or seen the Mount San Miguel trail closure recently. Here is information why it was necessary to close the trail.

    Mount San Miguel Trail Closure info


Conservation Colleagues help Habitat for Humanity

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The “Women for Nature Team”, representing eight members of San Diego's wildlife conservation community, volunteered their time and talents to work with San Diego Habitat for Humanity on their Women Build Day.

San Diego Conservation Colleagues Provide Local Community Service

About the Complex

San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Complex

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The San Diego NWR Complex manages diverse wildlife and their habitats on four Refuges: Tijuana Slough NWR, San Diego Bay NWR, San Diego NWR, and Seal Beach NWR.

San Diego 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.

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  • On Turning 20!

    puddlesApril 10, 2016

    San Diego NWR reached a milestone on April 10, 2016 – its 20th anniversary. Much has changed from the founding in 1996, when just over 1,800 acres of willow riparian and coastal sage scrub habitats were brought into permanent conservation within the National Wildlife Refuge System. The refuge now has grown to nearly 12,000 acres, with land purchases and donations that help support many listed and locally rare species. These lands also provide important landscape connections to other conserved lands in south San Diego County.

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  • $1 M Awarded for the SoCal Urban Refuge Project

    Birdwatching with John and Sally thumbnailAugust 13, 2014

    On August 13, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Director Dan Ashe announced a $1M award to the SoCal Urban Wildlife Refuge Project at the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge to 175 enthusiastic supporters and partners. The San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Complex was chosen to receive a $1 million increase in base funding to reach new urban audiences and engage Southern California communities and youth in wildlife conservation.

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Last Updated: Aug 19, 2016
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