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Tijuana River Reserve, California

State

California

State Partner

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

Acres

2,531

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.

Explore the impact of Tijuana River Reserve’s educational programs in 2019, including their teacher training on data literacy and educational partnership with former State Senator Denise Ducheny.

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

Creating Value from Waste

Creating Value from Waste

Since 2014, California’s Tijuana River Reserve has partnered with groups on both sides of the Mexico–United States border to remove approximately 80,000 pounds of debris from the Tijuana River Valley. With a grant, they are turning that waste into valuable products.

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Podcast Transcends Borders

Podcast Transcends Borders

Tune into “Divided Together,” a new podcast created by the Tijuana River Reserve for Border Field State Park, and explore themes of separation and unification in the region’s geography, culture, and ecology.

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Border Field Park Celebrates 50th

Border Field Park Celebrates 50th

We celebrated the 50th anniversary of California’s Border Field State Park in August, along with our Tijuana River Reserve! We’re looking forward to celebrating the Reserve’s 40th anniversary next year.

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Tijuana River Reserve, California