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Description - Tijuana Slough NWR, is an endangered species refuge in San Diego County, California. The refuge is part of the Tijuana River National Estuarine Resource Reserve, Southern California's largest estuarine wetland.

Attractions - Tijuana Slough NWR has 1,056 acres of coastal wetland consisting of open water, tidal salt marsh, beach dunes, riparian, and upland habitats. The refuge is part of the 2,700 acre Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve.

The refuge provides essential habitat for over 400 bird species, including the
California least tern, light-footed clapper rail, least Bell's vireo, Western snowy plover, Belding's savannah sparrow, and salt marsh bird's beak plant. Additional consideration is given to maintaining quality habitat for the California brown pelican.

Recreation - Recreation activities include wildlife observation, study, and photography. There are over 6 miles of trails available, including several miles that are wheelchair accessible, making hiking, biking and horseback riding available to the public. In addition, there is ocean and beach accessibility.

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.

Location - From San Diego, take Interstate 5 south to the Coronado Ave. exit at Imperial Beach. Turn right on Coronado Ave., turn left on Third St., and left on Caspian Way.

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Contact Information:
Tijuana Slough NWR, 301 Caspian Way , Imperial Beach, CA, 91932-3149, Phone: 619-575-2704
, rebecca_young@fws.gov

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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.
San Diego County - With its rich Hispanic heritage, temperate climate, deep sea habors, sandy beaches and a variety of fun-filled attractions, San Diego County is quintessential California.


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