About the Complex
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
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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- April 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.On Turning 20 ...
- August 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.
Quino checkerspot butterfly
A small and beautiful member of the brushfoot family, this butterfly is federally endangered and known to occur on the San Diego NWR. It selectively lays its eggs only on the California plantain plant, and is very territorial during the breeding season.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Rinus Baak/USFWS
Last Updated: Jul 06, 2016