Salinas River National Wildlife Refuge

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Salinas River National Wildlife Refuge
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
Map showing the location of Salinas River National Wildlife Refuge
Map showing the location of Salinas River National Wildlife Refuge
Map of the United States
Location Monterey County, California, United States
Nearest city Castroville, California
Coordinates 36°44′30″N 121°48′14″W / 36.74162°N 121.80384°W / 36.74162; -121.80384Coordinates: 36°44′30″N 121°48′14″W / 36.74162°N 121.80384°W / 36.74162; -121.80384[1]
Area 367 acres (1.49 km2)
Established 1974
Governing body U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
http://www.fws.gov/sfbayrefuges/salinasriver/index.html

Salinas River National Wildlife Refuge is located approximately 11 miles north of Monterey, California and 3 miles south of Castroville, California at the point where the Salinas River empties into Monterey Bay. The 367-acre (1.49 km2) refuge encompasses several habitat types including sand dunes, pickleweed salt marsh, river lagoon, riverine, and a saline pond. The Refuge was established in 1974 because of its “particular value in carrying out the national migratory bird management program.”[2]

The area provides habitat for several threatened and endangered species, including the California Brown Pelican, Smith's blue butterfly, the western snowy plover, the Monterey sand gilia, and the Monterey spineflower. The Refuge is used by a variety of migratory birds during breeding, wintering, and migrating periods. Refuge mammals include muskrat, golden beaver, gray fox, red fox, striped skunk, longtail weasel, Virginia opossum, vagrant shrew, broad-footed mole, brush rabbit, raccoon, duskyfooted woodrat, deer mouse, and coyote.[3]

Salinas River National Wildlife Refuge is open to the public though there are no facilities beyond a parking lot and footpaths. Those willing to walk from the parking lot to the beach are rewarded with beautiful scenery and an excellent presentation of native dune vegetation.

Dogs, horseback riding, and camping are not permitted due to the sensitivity of the habitat.

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 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.