San Diego National Wildlife Refuge

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San Diego National Wildlife Refuge

California

(619) 468-9245

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Overview

The San Diego National Wildlife Refuge is located in southwestern San Diego County, and currently includes approximately 9,478 acres. Established in 1997, the San Diego Refuge will protect, enhance, and restore habitats for endangered species, migratory birds, and rare plants and animals found in a variety of habitats. It will help conserve the biological diversity of San Diego County and provide important habitat for a significant number of endangered birds. It has been designated a Globally Important Bird Area by the American Bird Conservancy. Most importantly, the refuge is the cornerstone of conservation and habitat protection efforts by the partners and cooperators of the State of California Natural Communities Conservation Planning Program and San Diego's Multiple Species Conservation Plan. These plans provide an umbrella for implementing recovery actions of sensitive species and reduce the need to list additional species in southwestern San Diego County.

Map of San Diego NWR

Latitude, Longitude: 32.687209, -116.729307

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Activities

  • Bird Watching

    The refuge provides important habitats for a significant number of endangered birds. It has been designated a Globally Important Bird Area by the American Bird Conservancy. Sweetwater Marsh provides visitors with the opportunity to view native birds in outdoor aviaries that support burrowing owls, shorebirds, egrets and herons.

  • Hiking

    Join this hike to feed your senses and expand your knowledge of this unique and fascinating habitat. Visitors can enjoy guided walks at this refuge.

Directions

Driving

From Interstate 805, Interstate 15, or Interstate 5, head east (inland) along State Route 94 (Martin Luther King Jr. Freeway). Continue on State Road 94 (Campo Road), at Rancho San Diego. Turn left on Lyons Valley Road. The refuge office is located on the left side of Lyons Valley Road in a small business complex.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(619) 468-9245

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