Description - Seal Beach NWR is an endangered species refuge established as an overlay on the Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station in Orange County, California.
- Seal Beach NWR is an endangered species refuge established as an overlay on the Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station in Orange County, California. It is comprised of 911 acres of salt marsh, tidal wetlands and a small area of coastal uplands. Located along the heavily urbanized Orange County coast, the refuge was established to preserve one of the largest remaining salt marshes in Southern California.
The refuge provides essential habitat for California least tern and light-footed clapper rail, with additional consideration for maintaining quality habitat for California brown pelican, peregrine falcon, and Belding's savannah sparrow.
Waterfowl, shore and wading birds also use the area.
Recreation - Public use is severely restricted because of the presence of endangered species and U.S. Navy security regulations. Monthly public tours of the refuge and nature center are offered. Please call the refuge office for reservations.
Climate - A warm, dry Mediterranean climate prevails over Southern California - inland is hot in the summer, mid in the winter. Coastal areas have a more moderate climate with frequent fog in the summer. Most of the precipitation comes as rain during the winter months.
The refuge is within the U.S. Naval Weapons Station, Seal Beach, California.