South San Diego Bay is protected as the 3,490-acre San Diego National Wildlife Refuge, which provides important habitat for migratory, threatened and endangered birds and species and supports important coastal salt marsh and intertidal mudflats. Important bird species include the Least Bell’s Vireo, California Least Tern and the California Gnatcatcher.
Immediately adjacent to South San Diego Bay is the Otay River Watershed that includes the 8,869-acre Otay Valley Regional Park, a river parkway located north of the US-Mexico border. The Otay River empties into San Diego Bay at the South San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge. It is one of the last areas of open space in South San Diego County and supports riparian habitat for threatened and endangered wildlife.
Important bird species include the Red Tail Hawk, great Blue Heron, Burrowing Owl, and the Snowy Egret. The watershed also provides habitat for mountain lions, bobcats, and the ringtail.
(Photo Credit: Port of San Diego)
WILDCOAST is carrying out the following efforts to conserve South San Diego Bay/Otay River Watershed:
· Support riparian and wetland restoration efforts.
· Facilitate community involvement in habitat restoration projects and stewardship of these community environmental resources.
· Develop interpretive signage and park outreach materials.
· Carry out environmental education programs and engage stakeholders and community groups in the stewardship of the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge and the Otay Valley Regional Park.
Through our conservation strategies, we have accomplished the following in the South San Diego Bay and Otay River Watershed:
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