We  love the Wildlife Refuges of San Diego County. We are unique in that we are a cooperating association for both the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the California State Parks, giving us a rich and diverse set of opportunities to make a difference in wildlife refuge issues. From managing and administering private donations, grants and other funds, to participating in events such as bird counts, Earth Day and many other hands on activities, our association has something for everyone.

Check our news page and calendar for the latest information and  upcoming events, you will find many opportunities to meet new friends and make a difference. Come join us in our cooperative efforts with the National Wildlife Refuge System and California State Parks to make refuges even better places for wildlife and for people.


Our Refuge Manager at Seal Beach NWR asked his volunteers to consider adding some native milkweed to the native plant garden for the monarch butterfly. So, they collected some milkweed seeds and cultivated plants using cuttings from their own gardens.
Right now, the seedlings are growing in the nursery, but this caterpillar's mom decided that any milkweed will do!

Happy Pollinator Week, everyone.

Photo: Rick Nye/USFWS

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We released 7 snowy egrets today at the Tijuana River mouth lagoon.
In one pic, our refuge manager even captured a Ridgway's rail crossing the channel behind them (look close!).

Many were making foraging efforts upon release and learning how to walk in mud, so they're doing good so far.

"Thanks to the folks at Sea World San Diego's avian center, these birds can get a taste of the wild and maybe some will survive to adulthood," said Refuge Manager Brian Collins.

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