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Description - The Imperial NWR lies within the Lower Colorado Subdivision of the Sonoran Desert, a region characterized by a scarcity of precipitation and high summer temperatures. The refuge is bisected by a 30-mile reach of the Colorado River.

Attractions - The Imperial NWR lies within the Lower Colorado Subdivision of the Sonoran Desert, a region characterized by a scarcity of precipitation and high summer temperatures. The refuge is bisected by a 30-mile reach of the Colorado River.


Riverine, wetland and upland riparian habitats on the refuge provide important wintering and migrational habitats for several migratory bird species, including the endangered Yuma clapper rail, bald eagle and Southwestern willow flycatcher. That portion of the Colorado River and associated wetlands on the Refuge are part of designated Critical Habitat for the endangered razorback sucker.


Over 14,000 acres of the Refuge's desert upland habitats are designated Wilderness. Major resource initiatives on the refuge currently include restoration of native riparian habitats to benefit several declining populations of neotropical migratory birds and other riparian-obligate species, Colorado River native fish management, wetland restoration and moist soil management to benefit migratory bird species, development of baseline biological databases, and environmental education and public outreach.

Recreation - Recreational activities include hiking, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, wildlife viewing,and boating.

Climate - The Imperial NWR lies within the Lower Colorado Subdivision of the Sonoran Desert, a region characterized by a scarcity of precipitation and high summer temperatures.

Location - From Yuma, go north on Highway 95 for 25 miles. Turn west on Martinez Lake Road for 13 miles and follow signs to visitor center.


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Contact Information:
Imperial NWR, P.O. Box 72217 , Yuma, AZ, 85365, Phone: 520-783-3371
, r2rw_imp@fws.gov

Additional Information:
Arizona National Wildlife Refuges - Arizona's Wildlife Refuges protect critical wildlife habitat in the state and provide for some outdoor recreation opportunities. They offer opportunities for bird-watching, viewing numerous other types of wildlife, fishing, hiking and environmental interpretation, and simply enjoying nature.
Western Arizona - Downstream from the Grand Canyon, the Colorado River reaches Hoover Dam, where it forms Lake Mead. Western Arizona encompasses the area from Lake Mead, south past Yuma, to the Mexican border.

Links:
Imperial NWR - Official agency website

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