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Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge

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Seal Beach, California


Map of Naval Weapons Station, Seal Beach Area


Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach (WPNSTA) provides the essential Ordnance Link to the Pacific Fleet. Our mission: to provide ordnance, products and services to enable Naval forces to prevail in any challenge or conflict. Ordnance management, maintenance and technical support, dedicated personnel and strategic seaward proximity to the fleet make this possible.

WPNSTA Seal Beach maintains an active natural resources program on its 5000 acre site. Our long-term effort in maintaining a buffer zone between suburban areas and our mission operations has resulted in one of few large natural coastal areas in Southern California. Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge is managed cooperatively by the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS). The Refuge's 1000 acres are a critical link in the chain of remaining coastal salt water marshes. These marshes have been designated part of the Southern California Coastal Wetland Complex of internationally important wetlands. WPNSTA also provides open field habitat for wildlife, and supports one of North America's largest wintering populations of Red-tailed Hawks. Our Nature Center was jointly established by the Navy and the FWS. It provides a focal point for community activities such as tours for school groups and the general public. A large wildlife viewing platform overlooks the Refuge marsh.

Due to military operations, public access is limited to specially arranged events. For information, contact Public Affairs Office: 562-626-7215.

The Navy and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation are cooperating on an international program to promote conservation of neotropical migratory birds. For information, call U.S. Navy at (703)604-1773 or NFWF at (202)857-0166.


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