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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.


All mammals listed are considered resident species with the exception of the bats which migrate on a seasonal basis like many of the birds. Families follow that of A Field Guide to the Mammals by Burt and Grossenheider.

SHREWS ___ Desert Shrew
CATS ___ Bobcat
DOGS ___ Coyote ___ Gray Fox ___ Desert Kit Fox
LEAFNOSE BATS ___ California Leafnose Bat ___ Long-tongued Bat
PLAINNOSE BATS ___ California Myotis ___ Hoary Bat ___ Western Pipistrel ___ Western Yellow Bat ___ Big Brown Bat ___ Pallid Bat ___ Spotted Bat
FREETAIL BATS ___ Mexican Freetail Bat ___ Big Freetail Bat ___ Pocketed Freetail Bat
RABBITS/HARES ___ Desert Cottontail ___ Blacktail Jackrabbit
RACCOONS ___ Raccoon
SQUIRRELS/CHIPMUNKS ___ Round-tailed Ground Squirrel ___ Antelope Ground Squirrel
WEASELS, SKUNKS, BADGERS ___ Striped Skunk ___ Badger ___ Spotted Skunk
POCKET GOPHERS ___ Valley Pocket Gopher
WHITE FOOTED MICE ___ Cactus Mouse ___ Deer Mouse
POCKET/KANGAROO MICE AND KANGAROO RATS ___ Desert Pocket Mouse ___ Spiny Pocket Mouse ___ Little Pocket Mouse ___ Merriam Kangaroo Rat ___ Desert Kangaroo Rat ___ Long-tailed Pocket Mouse
COTTON RATS ___ Hispid Cotton Rat
WOODRAT ___ Desert Woodrat ___ White-throated Woodrat
OLD WORLD RATS AND MICE ___ House Mouse ___ Norway Rat ___ Black Rat
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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