Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge
Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge is a vast saltwater marsh encompassing over 900 acres. Located in the Anaheim Bay estuary, the refuge offers a sanctuary to many shorebirds including endangered species such as the Light Footed Clapper Rail, the California Least Tern and the Belding’s Savanna Sparrow.
The wildlife refuge was established in 1972 and is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. As urban sprawl continues to put pressure on the natural habitats of many shore wildlife, the refuge has become essential to the dwindling populations of native plants and animals.
Seal Beach NWR is an important stopover point and wintering shelter for thousands of birds that migrate through the Pacific Flyway each year. The Seal Beach NWR also provides protection for a variety of fish, wildlife and plants.
Visitors to the refuge should be on the lookout for bald eagles, golden eagles, grey smooth-hound sharks, stingrays, sea turtles, monarch butterflies and more.
Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge is located within an active military weapons station, so public access if limited. Free guided public tours are offered on the last Saturday of each month from 8:30 – 11:00 AM. Reservations are required to participate in the tour, and no cameras are permitted.