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San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge

January 1, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

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dt-socal-1The San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) was established to protect wildlife heading towards being endangered by providing them with an exciting habitat. Across two different sections, the Sweetwater Marsh Unit and the South San Diego Bay Unit, there are four endangered species and over 200 species of birds.

The Saltwater Marsh Unit is filled with invertebrates, fish, and many birds you’d find in a natural refuge. In the South San Diego Bay Unit salt ponds and eelgrass beds. In the bay is a small population of Eastern Pacific green sea turtles. There is also the Living Coast Discovery Center

Depending on the time and the habitat, sections of the NWR are not always open to the public. Most of the South San Diego Bay Unit is closed to the public except for monthly guided tours. The Sweetwater Unit is open from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm daily. There is a fee to walk the trails. There is as fee to explore the Living Coast Discovery Center. For more information:

Taking your boat to explore the refuge is easy as can be. Chula Vista Marina, located at 550 Marina Parkway, has plenty of transient space. However, it’s not an easy walk to the Refuge, so nature lovers need to take a cab or car service. For more information:



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