Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
During the current public health emergency, whenever possible, outdoor recreation sites at national wildlife refuges and national fish hatcheries will remain open to the public. Visitor Centers and other facilities, however, may be closed. Scheduled events may be cancelled. Please follow public health guidelines and avoid congregating. For more information: FWS Coronavirus Response page and call for local conditions.


  • Observation deck at Seal Beach NWR

    Tours: last Saturday of the Month

    The best way to explore the refuge is through our monthly tour. RSVP required!

    How to RSVP

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    Friends of Seal Beach NWR

    A 501(c)3 non-profit organization that engages the community with the wildlife refuge. Join them today!

    Friends of Seal Beach homepage

  • stranded rail

    Preparing for Sea Level Rise

    The Service is preparing a cutting-edge project to combat sea-level rise and provide habitat for the endangered light-footed Ridgway's rail.

    Thin-layer Salt Marsh Sediment Augmentation Pilot Project

  • California Least tern with chick

    Refuge photo gallery

    The diverse habitats on the Refuge supports an amazing array of species. See just a few select photos here...

    Seal Beach Wildlife

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