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An Introduction to the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge with John Martin
November 18, 2020 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Established in 1996 to protect threatened and endangered species, the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge supports a substantial slice of our area’s varied habitat and life. Large expanses of coastal sage scrub support birds such as Bell’s Sparrow, the coastal Cactus Wren, and Rufous-crowned Sparrow. Chaparral, riparian, oak woodlands, grasslands, and vernal pools provide safe haven for Golden Eagle, Burrowing Owl, and Loggerhead Shrike. From the common to the rare, the Refuge’s bird list sports 181 species. In recognition of its importance, the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge has been designated a Globally Important Bird Area by the American Bird Conservatory and the National Audubon Society.
Our host and tour guide for the evening is John Martin, refuge biologist since 2004 and a veteran birder and researcher in the Southwest. John emphasizes, however, that the importance of the Refuge transcends any one type of animal, plant, or habitat. Complementing the diversity of bird life, butterflies, snails, bumblebees, and trap-door spiders share the coastal slope with California Gnatcatchers and the occasional mountain lion.
Like no other, John Martin knows this unique place “in our own backyard.” Let him introduce you to its wonders and the work being done to conserve the land and the life it supports