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Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge

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Calipatria, California


Enjoying the Refuge's Wildlife

The study of wild animals in their natural habitat has become increasingly popular. Viewing of wildlife can be greatly enhanced by a pair of binoculars or spotting scope and a good wildlife or birding guide.

Wildlife species in this brochure have been grouped into four categories: Birds, Mammals, Reptiles and Amphibians, and Fish.


Very few fish can tolerate the high salinity of the Salton Sea. In 1950 attempts were made to introduce several marine fish. These attempts resulted in the largest inland fishery in California. The introduced saltwater species are marked with a "+". Freshwater species are found in rivers, canals and some marsh areas. Species marked with an "*" are found in both fresh and saltwater. Threatened or endangered species are indicated with a "#"

___ Orangemouth Corvina+ ___ Red Shiner ___ Sargo+ ___ California Killifish ___ Gulf Croaker+ ___ Tilapia* ___ Threadfin Shad ___ Largemouth Bass ___ Sailfin Molly ___ White Catfish ___ Desert Pupfish# ___ Channel Catfish ___ Longjaw Mudsucker+ ___ Carp ___ Mosquitofish
For additional information contact:
                      Refuge Manager
                      Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge
                      P.O. Box 120 
                      Calipatria, California 92233
                      Telephone: 619/348-5278

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principle agency through which the Federal Government carries out its responsibilities to conserve, protect, and enhance the nation's fish and wildlife, and their habitats, for the continuing benefit of people.

No person shall, on the basis of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, physical or mental restrictions, be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination in any program or activity of the Department of the Interior.

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