Wildlife Observation and Photography

Viewing the unique wildlife on the refuge is an experience to be shared with everyone. Bring your family, bring your friends, and bring your camera! Enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of the flora and fauna native to San Diego.  

View a white-tailed kite hovering in the sky in search of a vole to hunt, or listen closely for the kitten-like "mew" of the coastal California gnatcatcher in the chaparral. Smell the pungent aroma of California coastal sagebrush sagebrush
The western United States’ sagebrush country encompasses over 175 million acres of public and private lands. The sagebrush landscape provides many benefits to our rural economies and communities, and it serves as crucial habitat for a diversity of wildlife, including the iconic greater sage-grouse and over 350 other species.

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as you hike through its fresh growth in the spring, or take in the sweet and heavy smell of goldenbush and watch it's fluffy seeds take flight in effort to pollinate.

San Diego National Wildlife Refuge is special place that nurtures and provides refuge for federally threatened and endangered species and their habitats, forever. 

They are there for you to enjoy for past, present, and future generations! 

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