Archive for the ‘San Diego NWR’ Category

January 5th, 2022

Light-footed Ridgway’s rail

There are so many bird species in San Diego County that we would love to highlight for National Bird Day but one that is particularly special to us is the light-footed Ridgway’s rail. The Federally endangered hen-sized marsh bird lives on salt marsh and brackish marsh habitats like the ones found within San Diego Refuges. In fact, these refuges were established to primarily conserve fish and wildlife which are Federally-listed as endangered or threatened species.
You can help us continue to protect this and other threatened or endangered species by simply staying on established trails to prevent trampling plants which causes habitat or nest losses.

Photo of light-footed Ridgway’s rail extending its wings (Andrew Fisher/USFWS).

August 18th, 2021

Border Field State Parks Celebrates 50th Anniversary

California State Parks is commemorating the 50th anniversary of Border Field State Park with events on Monument Mesa and at the park entrance from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021. In partnership with park partners, the department will host a series of interpretive booths throughout the park including the launch of a new podcast series and an app with a self-guided tour about the stories from the first people of this area, the Kumeyaay.

Below is a breakdown of the 50th anniversary celebratory activities:

  • 1 – 4 p.m. Interpretive booths at both the entrance and on Monument Mesa with Tijuana Estuary Research Reserve scientists, Kumeyaay, Gray Bears, park neighbors, and park sponsors. Launch of a new digital exhibit on scientists and geographers working across borders and Kumeyaay land use practices.
  • 1:55 p.m. Live stream on Facebook: Tijuana River NERR and California State Parks
  • 2 p.m.  Kumeyaay Invocation with Stan Rodriguez
  • 2:15 p.m. California State Parks Director Armando Quintero message
  • 2:25 p.m.  Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina


July 12th, 2021

The Inside-Out Rebranding of the National Wildlife Refuge System


The Inside-Out Rebranding of the
National Wildlife Refuge System

Wednesday, July 14th, 2 pm ET

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been on a journey to rebrand American’s Best Kept Secret, the National Wildlife Refuge System. You are invited to join Kristen Gilbert to learn about this journey that includes:

  • Developing a positive visitor-oriented experience,
  • Creating signage consistency that allows for individual refuge identity,
  • Reaching new audiences that are more diverse and younger,
  • Expanding outreach – print, media, and sponsorship

Come learn about this journey, campaign strategy, and discuss how Friends can engage.

*This webinar is focused on the Service’s entire rebranding initiative, it is not limited to Refuge Week promotional events.

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March 13th, 2021

Interior Department Celebrates Passage of the American Rescue Plan – 105 million dollars to address wildlife trafficking included.

Interior Department Celebrates Passage of the American Rescue Plan

Relief package will benefit families, Tribal governments, and wildlife-related pandemic initiatives

Date: Thursday, March 11, 2021
WASHINGTON – The Department of the Interior today applauded the passage of the American Rescue Plan (ARP), a bold legislative package that will help address the public health and economic crises that continue to impact the American people. The ARP contains several provisions that fund Interior initiatives and benefit the communities we directly serve, including Tribal governments and schools.
“One year into the pandemic, the challenges we face are still significant – and continue to disproportionately impact American Indian and Alaska Native communities, people of color, and rural Americans. The Biden-Harris American Rescue Plan will deliver immediate relief to families, businesses, and schools across the country,” said Acting Secretary Scott de la Vega. “Interior stands ready to implement this historic relief package and get help out to the American people as quickly as possible.”
COVID-19 has exacted an especially high toll in Indian Country. People living on reservations are four times more likely to have COVID-19 and American Indians and Alaska Natives are nearly twice as likely to die from COVID-19 than white Americans. Native American families and small businesses also face severe economic challenges associated with the pandemic. And the loss of Native elders threatens the sacred preservation of language, tradition, and culture. This bill makes a historic $31.2 billion investment in Tribal communities, the largest single investment the United States has ever made in Indian country. At Interior, this includes:
  • $900 million for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, which will include direct aid payments to Tribal governments and funding to address concerns related to housing and potable water, and
  • $850 million for the Bureau of Indian Education, which will benefit BIE-funded schools and Tribal colleges and universities.
The ARP also makes an unprecedented investment in addressing wildlife-related pandemic concerns, including:
  • $105 million for the Fish and Wildlife Service to address wildlife trafficking, wildlife disease outbreaks, and wildlife inspections, and for research to strengthen early detection, rapid response, and science-based management to address wildlife disease outbreaks before they become pandemics and strengthen capacity for wildlife health monitoring.
The Interior Department continues to work with federal, state, local, Tribal and territorial governments, public health officials, health care providers, researchers and the public to execute a whole-of-government response to the COVID-19 pandemic to protect the health and safety of the American people. More information can be found on the Our Response to COVID-19 page.


July 21st, 2020

Virtual Bike Tour of the Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge

For those looking to get out and explore on your own, but don’t know where to start? Rangers from San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Complex have put together a short virtual bike tour of the Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge located in Imperial Beach, CaliforniaAcompaña our rangers as they take a bike ride through the refuge. They’ll share information about things they encounter and provide helpful tips so that you can explore on your own! 

They will also provide a short guide with information on how to get to the refuge, what you might see, and family friendly activities you can do while exploring the refuge on your own. The guide will be available both in English and Spanish. The video and guide will be shared on our social media platforms.

The video and guide will be shared on Facebook at and Instagram @SanDiegoRefuges.

Share pictures or videos of your outings with us by tagging San Diego National Wildlife Refuges and using the hashtag #LCW2020.

For information on the Tijuana Slough NWR visit

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