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March 21st, 2017

Zoonooz Features USFWS San Diego

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February 14th, 2017

Marine Science Day at San Diego State University’s (SDSU) Coastal Marine Institute Laboratory

I would like to invite the Friends of San Diego Wildlife Refuges to the upcoming Marine Science Day at San Diego State University’s (SDSU) Coastal Marine Institute Laboratory. Marine Science Day is a free showcase of SDSU’s marine lab facility and scientific research for the public and SDSU students. Throughout the day there will be interactive family-friendly activities, research talks given by students and faculty, games, a marine life touch tank, SCUBA gear demonstrations, raffles, a food truck, and much more! This event will increase public awareness of the exciting marine research conducted by SDSU faculty and students, and will provide public educational and outreach activities related to marine science and conservation and local marine ecosystems.

 Information about the event:

Date: March 19, 2017

Time: 10am-3pm

Location: SDSU Coastal and Marine Institute Lab: 4165 Spruance Rd, San Diego, CA*

*Those that ride their bike to the event will be eligible for a free raffle ticket!

Thank you very much and I hope to see you there!


Kaylee Griffith
Master’s Student
Department of Biology, Ecology Program Area
San Diego State University

February 14th, 2017

Take Action Tuesday


It’s Take Action Tuesday! Today we need your help to protect predator species on Alaskan national wildlife refuges by urging your Representative to vote NO on H.J. Res. 69.

This Thursday, the House is expected to vote on a resolution that would begin the process of permanently overturning a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Rule prohibiting aggressive predator control practices on Alaskan national wildlife refuges, such as killing brown bears over bait, killing wolves and pups in their dens, and aerial gunning of bears.

While the Refuge Association recognizes the importance of hunting on national wildlife refuges (after all, it is one of the Big Six recreational opportunities supported by the Refuge System!) these extreme predator control measures conflict with the mission of the FWS to manage national wildlife refuges for natural biodiversity.

This rule does not affect subsistence hunting and simply codifies how national wildlife refuges have been managed in Alaska for years.

Congress is attempting to use an obscure, yet powerful law known as the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to permanently void the rule.  The CRA allows Congress to repeal agency rules finalized within the last 60 legislative days of the previous Congress with a simple majority vote – this means all rules finalized after June 13, 2016, are at risk!

Click the button below to Take Action today and urge Congress to conserve bears, wolves, and other carnivores in Alaska!

Thank you for taking action, and we’ll see you next Tuesday!


Desiree Sorenson-Groves

Vice President of Government Affairs

National Wildlife Refuge Association

December 2nd, 2016

Join the Christmas Bird Count

Audubon’s 117th Christmas Bird Count will take place this fall/winter between the inclusive dates of Wednesday, December 14th, 2016through Thursday, January 5th, 2017.
The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is a long-standing program of the National Audubon Society, with over 100 years of citizen science involvement. It is an early-winter bird census, where thousands of volunteers across the US, Canada and many countries in the Western Hemisphere, go out over a 24 hour period on one calendar day to count birds. Since the Christmas Bird count began over a century ago, it has relied on the dedication and commitment of volunteers like you. From beginner birder to advanced, everyone can participate!

For more info and to sign up click here.

August 11th, 2016

Seal Beach Friends Pay a Visit

The Friends of Seal Beach NWR visited the Friends of San Diego Wildlife Refuges meeting in July to develop a working relationship and share common goals and issues. They are a fellow cooperating agency for the San Diego NWR Complex and we look forward to supporting them in their endeavors.

San Diego and Seal Beach Friends

The Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge is part of the extensive San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Complex and is located within the Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station.
The Refuge’s tidal salt marsh, encompassing 965 acres of the Anaheim Bay estuary, serves as a wildlife sanctuary on an increasingly crowded coast as well as providing a critical migration stopover and wintering habitat for thousands of birds that migrate up and down the Pacific flyway each year.

The protected areas of Seal Beach NWR provide habitat for resident wildlife as well as an excellent venue for environmental education. The Refuge provides a home for the endangered Least Tern, the Light-footed Clapper Rail, and the Belding’s Savannah Sparrow.

Learn more about them at

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