Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve

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Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve coastline.jpg
Area9.45 km2 (3.65 sq mi)
Official nameTijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve
Designated2 February 2005
Reference no.1452[1]

Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve is a natural reserve encompassing the Tijuana River Estuary, located on the Mexico – United States border, in Imperial Beach, California.

Access and features[edit]

It can be accessed from the Coronado Avenue exit (Exit 4) from Interstate 5.[2] It is established as part of the National Estuarine Research Reserve system in the United States and managed in part as a Biological Field Station by San Diego State University (SDSU)'s College of Sciences. The water flow of Tijuana River is often intense; droughts dry up the river completely while the same area overflows during flood.[3]

Recreational and educational activities[edit]

This reserve is a good place for bird-watching since as many as 370 bird species, both native and migrating, use the area as a stopover or for breeding. Schoolchildren often come to this reserve to take nature classes in classrooms and excursions.[4] 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.[5] p.p w/h

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve". Ramsar Sites Information Service. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  2. ^ Tijuana Estuary NP, accessed November 26, 2009
  3. ^ Xia, Rosanna (March 13, 2019). "Destruction from sea level rise in California could exceed worst wildfires and earthquakes, new research shows". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2019-03-15.
  4. ^ San Diego Day Trips Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve, accessed November 26, 2009
  5. ^ Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center Archived 2009-11-24 at the Wayback Machine, accessed November 26, 2009

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Coordinates: 32°33′20″N 117°07′22″W / 32.55556°N 117.12278°W / 32.55556; -117.12278