Archive for August, 2016

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.

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August 8th, 2016

Refuge Friends Connect

Summer is a Great Time to Take Action at Home: Our Recess Action Kit:

With all 465 House seats and 34 Senate seats up for election, Representatives, Senators, and their political rivals will be in their home states to talk about important issues such as your local National Wildlife Refuge and the National Wildlife Refuge System. Good laws and adequate funding are essential for the Refuge System to thrive and members of the Friends community are the most qualified to communicate these issues to Congress.


August 2nd, 2016

Tijuana River Action Month is Right Around the Corner!

September 17 – October 15

Tijuana River Action Month is a series of education and stewardship events held during September and October to benefit the Tijuana River Watershed. The goals of Tijuana River Action Month are twofold:1) to mobilize a record number of community volunteers and groups to become stewards of the Tijuana River Watershed, and 2) to recognize key efforts and investments by public and private agencies, businesses, non-profits, and community groups in protecting and restoring the Tijuana River.
Volunteer registration is now open for all TRAM events. Please follow the links below or on the website to participate in any of our cleanup or restoration events. All events are open to the public and all ages are welcome! Community service available upon request.


August 2nd, 2016

Bird Sculptures on Display at Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center Bookstore

If you haven’t had a chance to view the woodworking talents of Kevin Hamm illustrated through various bird sculptures on display at the Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center bookstore, you still have a chance. Kevin is a bird walk docent for the Tijuana Estuary, and his love for birds is obvious through his craft. To learn more about the exhibit and Kevin’s background click here.

Want to learn about estuary birds from the artist and docent Kevin Hamm? Please join us for Kevin’s normal first Sunday bird walk at 3pm August 7th then hear him speak about his artistry and passion for promoting birding after the tour.

Catch these beautiful pieces on display through August 12, 2016 in the bookstore. They are available for sale along with his bird photography and the proceeds allow the Friends of San Diego Wildlife Refuges to support environmental education at the Reserve.
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