This reserve is a good place for bird-watching since as many as 370 bird species, whether they're native or migrating, use it as a stopover or breeding. Schoolchildren often come to this reserve to take nature classes in classrooms and excursions. Visitors of all ages can come to the visitor center for activities. Among the activities are videos that can be shown upon request, and it is shown in both English and Spanish. Guests can also take a walk on North and South McCoy trails, where they can access primary bird-watching areas and the mouth of Tijuana River, where it empties directly into Pacific Ocean.