Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge and The 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 Ridgway's Rail, and the
Belding's Savannah Sparrow.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in cooperation with the Navy, operates a
Nature Center on the Refuge.  
Special Events
The Friends of Seal Beach NWR provide support to the Refuge Manager by
participating in all aspects of refuge management, including
Friends of Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge
Marsh view; photo by Tim Anderson
Snowy Egret; photo by Kirk Gilligan
Belding's Savannah Sparrow; photo by Tim Anderson
Last updated August 15, 2016
The Friends are based at the Nature Center, where Public Tours originate and
volunteer projects are planned and coordinated.  The Friends also support a 3.5
acre Native Plant Garden at the site.
Case Pond; photo by Tim Anderson
Pelican Van and Trailer; photo by Tim Anderson
Refuge sign and flowers; photo by Kirk Gilligan
Long-billed Curlew; photo by Tim Anderson
Shore and birds; photo by Kirk Gilligan
Nature Center; photo by Kirk Gilligan
Monarch Butterfly on flower; photo by Kirk Gilligan
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