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Seal Beach
National Wildlife Refuge

800 Seal Beach Blvd
Bldg 226
Seal Beach, CA   90740 - 0815
E-mail: kirk_gilligan@fws.gov
Phone Number: 562-598-1024
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Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge

Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge is located in southern coastal California and is 30 miles south of Los Angeles. It encompasses 911 acres of remnant saltwater marsh in the Anaheim Bay estuary and serves as a significant stopover and wintering area along the Pacific Flyway for shorebirds.

As urban sprawl and population growth result in the loss and degradation of wildlife habitats, the refuge becomes an ever more vital resource to dwindling populations of native plants and animals. The refuge provides essential habitat for three endangered species, including the light-footed clapper rail, the California least tern, and the Belding's savanna sparrow.

Currently, access to the refuge is limited. Please call the Seal Beach Visitor Center at 562-598-1024 for more information on current activities.

Getting There . . .
Directions Seal Beach Refuge is located south of Long Beach City on the border of Orange and Los Angeles counties.

From the 405 Freeway, take the Seal Beach Boulevard exit and head west. Continue for approximately 0.5 miles on Seal Beach Boulevard to the entrance of the Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station (800 Seal Beach Boulevard).

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This refuge is on an active military base and access is restricted. Call 562-598-1024 for more details.

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Management Activities
The habitat and wildlife management programs at Seal Beach Refuge have been built around the recovery of the endangered California least tern and endangered light-footed clapper rail. Least tern recovery actions include nest site preparation, predator control, and monitoring. Volunteers are also used to monitor raptor distribution and movements around the least tern nesting colony on NASA Island.

Light-footed clapper rail recovery actions include nesting platform construction and maintenance, predator control, and monitoring. Seal Beach Refuge also provides important habitat for a variety of migratory shorebirds, waterfowl, and seabirds. As part of the predator management program, monthly night surveys of mammals are conducted.