Features

  • American Avocet

    American Avocet

    Shorebird numbers such as those of the avocet, peak during spring migration

  • Yellow-footed Gull

    Yellow-footed Gull

    The Salton Sea is the only area in the U.S. to see the Yellow-footed Gull.

  • Clapper Rail Nest

    Yuma Clapper Rail

    Often heard but rarely seen, the Yuma Clapper Rail nests on the refuge.

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Environmental Education

We offer guided tours and activities. Contact us at 1-760-348-5278 to learn more.

Notable Bird Sightings

Recently Seen Birds: Brant, Least Tern, & Red Knot

Birding Locations

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Salton Sea Discovery Kids Camp

Salton Sea State Rec Area

Learning Science in a Fun & Exciting Way!

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Comprehensive Conservation Plan

Comprehensive Conservation Plan

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is pleased to announce the availability of the Draft Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) Complex Comprehensive Plan and Environmental Assessment (EA) for public review and comment.

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About the Complex

Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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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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