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Visit the Living Coast Discovery Center

Bat ray exhibit at the Chula Vista Nature Center

The Living Coast Discovery Center is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit organization, and runs in partnership with the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Visitors can enjoy environmental education programs and view live animals.

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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 Bay 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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  • Otay Restoration Project Draft EIS Available for Public Comment

    Otay R Estuary aerial thumbnailOctober 21, 2016

    We are pleased to announce the availa­bility of the draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for the Otay River Estuary Restoration Project (ORERP). This 125-acre project is partial mitigation for the Carlsbad Desalination Plant. The DEIS is open for public review until December 5. Here's more info on how you can provide input!

    Otay River Estuary Restoration Project
  • Historic Release of Endangered Light-footed Ridgway's Rails

    Amelia the LFRR by Rinus BaakSeptember 27, 2016

    For the past 6 decades, Light-footed Ridgway's rails (previously called clapper rails) haven't been able to call the southwestern area of San Diego Bay home. Now, thanks to a restoration project completed in 2011, the salt marsh has recovered enough to support the rails again. Six of them were released onto the refuge this week, with five fitted with satellite telemetry so scientists can monitor their movements. Check out our Open Spaces blog for the story, and live video.

    Open Spaces: Endangered Rails Released in San Diego
  • Tides Return to D Street Fill After 60 Years

    D street restoration thumbnailJanuary 01, 2016

    USFWS and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) are working together to restore 12.44 acres of coastal habitats that were filled in the early 1950s on the San Diego Bay NWR. This project is returning a portion of D Street Fill back to a flourishing salt marsh ecosystem that will benefit endangered and threatened species such as the light-footed Ridgway's rail, California least tern, and also fish populations.

    D Street Fill Restoration Project
Page Photo Credits — Elegant tern chicks on June 28, 2015 by Robert Patton
Last Updated: Oct 26, 2016
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