Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge, Seal Beach

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The Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge is a wildlife refuge encompassing 965acre located in the California coastal community of Seal Beach. Although it is located in Orange County it is included as part of the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Complex. It was established in 1972.
The refuge is a collaboration between the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the Department of the Navy. It serves as a critical habitat and winter stopover for many birds along the Pacific Flyway. Among the birds found at the refuge are great blue herons and the three endangered species: California clapper rail, California least tern, and Belding’s Savannah sparrow.
The refuge is located within Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach. Public access in the refuge is limited or restricted to once-a month tour (last Saturday of each month) as it is located within an active military base.
Subtidal habitatThe subtidal zone is the shallow near-shore area below the intertidal zone, the land between the high and low tide marks. Subtidal is permanently inundated, except for rare lowest low tide events. There are four tidal basins created for the restoration of wetland: Forrestal Pond, Case Road Pond, 7th Street Pond, and Perimeter Pond, which are currently supporting the subtidal habitat in the Refuge. Tidal water from Anaheim Bay supports the ponds.
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  • A massive and great ecological preserve located in the heart of Southern California along the Pacific Ocean. Often see birds of all types around the edges of the Refuge.  more »
  • Bikes are not allowed but many bikes are there early in the morning, say about 6AM. Lots of birds. There are oysters in the water. Did not try to retrieve them. May not be edible, A very good place fo...  more »
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  • I love this beach. It's never really busy It's almost like people don't know about 😂
  • Water fowl was abundant and a nice easy walking path around the inlet.

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