Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge is 1,072 acres in size and is located where the Tijuana River meets the Pacific Ocean, also called the Tijuana Estuary. Be sure to spend some time out discovering the trails to take in the incredible views and birds that soar across the estuary.
Location and Contact Information
Tijuana Slough is a 1,072-acre wetland located where the Tijuana River meets the sea. The refuge was established in 1980 and is part of the 2,800-acre Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve (TRNERR), one of only 28 such reserves in the United States.
What We Do
The purposes of Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge are to conserve fish, wildlife, and plants which are listed as endangered species or threatened species. Conservation of the endangered light-footed Ridgway’s rail was the primary impetus for the establishment of this Refuge.
Bird populations have been an important factor in the special protective status attributed to the Tijuana Estuary. Over 370 bird species are reported for the area. Five federally listed threatened or endangered birds occur regularly in the Reserve: the light-footed Ridgway’s rail, the California least tern, least Bell's vireo, the California gnatcatcher, and the western snowy plover.
Projects and Research
This report summarizes lessons learned in restoration to help inform future management efforts at the Tijuana Estuary.