Tijuana River Reserve, California

State

California

State Partner

California State Parks, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, & Southwest Wetlands Interpretive Association

Acres

2,293

Est. Date

1982

Located in one of the largest coastal wetlands in California, the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve protects many threatened and endangered species, such as the California least tern, the light-footed Ridgeway’s rail, the least Bell’s vireo, the coastal California gnatcatcher, and the salt marsh bird’s beak. The Reserve offers a unique perspective on international wetland protection as 75% of the Tijuana River watershed is in Mexico. Staff work on both sides of the border to promote water quality and the protection of biological communities, and to foster an understanding of the local coastal environment.

Did You Know…

The Tijuana River Reserve is a key stopover point on the Pacific Flyway for more than 370 species of birds, including six endangered species.

Latest News from the Tijuana River Reserve

The Next 30 Years of Sea Level Rise

The Next 30 Years of Sea Level Rise

Looking for a last minute stocking-stuffer? The 2022 Sea Level Rise Technical Report is packed with useful information that any coastal community could use. Twenty-three co-authors helped create this authoritative report.

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All the Wonder We Cannot See

All the Wonder We Cannot See

Expertly guiding participants along trails through California’s Tijuana River Reserve, Ron Peterson, a docent who is blind, showcases the wonders that can’t be seen.

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Teachers Wade In at the Tijuana Reserve

Teachers Wade In at the Tijuana Reserve

Last Tuesday, a group of teachers visited a tidal creek feeding into California’s Tijuana River to get “SWMP-ed.” In a good way. With the help of educators and scientists from the Tijuana River Reserve …

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Tijuana River Reserve, California