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.
- 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.