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General Information

Description - Salton Sea NWR provides habitat for over 375 bird species. The refuge winters up to 30,000 geese, and 60,000 ducks daily from November through February. Marsh birds and shorebirds account for more than 6,000,000 use-days/year.

Attractions - Salton Sea NWR management programs provide for maintenance and improvement of wintering waterfowl and shorebird habitat. Waterfowl programs are designed to limit waterfowl depredations to adjacent croplands.

The refuge provides habitat for over 375 bird species (for many as a critical wintering or migration stopover area). The refuge winters up to 30,000 snow, Ross's, and Canada geese, and 60,000 ducks daily from November through February. Marsh birds and shorebirds account for more than 6,000,000 use-days each year.

Recreation - Endangered species observed on the refuge include the southern bald eagle, peregrine falcon, California brown pelican, Yuma clapper rail, and desert pupfish. A significant Yuma clapper rail population nests on the refuge. Sensitive species using the refuge include the fulvous whistling-duck, wood stork, long-billed curlew, mountain plover, western snowy plover, burrowing owl, and white-faced ibis.

Climate - The climate in California desert areas is typically clear with low humidity. Temperatures are most comfortable in the spring and fall, with an average high/low of 85 and 50 F respectively. Winter brings cooler days, around 60 F, and freezing nights. It occasionally snows at higher elevations. Summers are hot, over 100 F during the day and not cooling much below 75 F until the early hours of the morning.

Location - California.


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Recreation Opportunities
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ICON Biology
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ICON Viewing Wildlife
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More Information

Contact Information:
Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge, Lower Colorado Region, P.O. Box 61470 , Boulder City, NV, 89006-1470, Phone: 702-293-8420

Salton Sea NWR, 906 West Sinclair Rd. , Calipatria, CA, 92233-0120, Phone: 760-348-5278
, clark_bloom@fws.gov

Additional Information:
California National Wildlife Refuges - The refuges offer opportunities for bird-watching, viewing numerous other types of wildlife, fishing, hiking and environmental interpretation, and simply enjoying nature.
Desert Region - The Desert Region encompasses the southeast corner of California. It features Death Valley and Joshua Tree National Parks. The region is studded with glittering yet relaxing resort cities, offers the ideal spot for re-energizing your senses.

Links:
Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge - Official agency website

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