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. We support  initiatives and programs such as Habitat Heroes and other educational activities to bring students to an awareness of the refuges and participate in preservation activities.

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.


We have some more staff news... Vicki Touchstone has won Refuge Employee of the Year from the National Wildlife Refuge Association! It is an honorable award, but it is an honor to have Vicki as our Refuge Planner-extraordinaire.

She has been, and still is, a significant influence in shaping the direction and management of our refuges, and the Salton Sea NWR. With her incredible attention to detail, and encyclopedic knowledge of all things regulatory, she makes all of our restoration projects get done in the most efficient way possible. Not to mention her lovable personality!

Vicki’s talents are also being applied to future habitat restoration and access projects like the Mother Miguel Trail, Otay River Estuary Restoration Project, and Tijuana Estuary Tidal Restoration Project.

Join us in congratulating Vicki on being recognized as Refuge Employee of the Year!
You can read the full announcement on our website: goo.gl/ZsWbZV

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Congratulations to Slader Buck on his retirement today!
Slader was our Deputy Project Leader for 18 years here at the San Diego NWR Complex, and has served in the federal government, all in conservation, for 36 years!
May you hike many more trails and continue your passionate work in conservation on the other side.
Congrats, Slader!

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