CHECKLIST OF BIRDS
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NAVAL AIR STATION MIRAMAR
"A WINNING TEAM FOR A BETTER TOMORROW"

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BIRDS OF NAS MIRIMAR

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NAVAL AIR STATION MIRAMAR

Naval Air Station Miramar has a diverse historical background which began when the land was a portion of an enormous Mexican Rancho. The first military presence came to NAS Miramar during WWI when Army training center Camp Kearny was developed. By WWII, the southern portion of NAS Miramar became an auxiliary landing field for Marine Corps Air Depot, Miramar. In 1952, Miramar was established as a master jet station, 'Fightertown U.S.A.'

Today, the mission of NAS Miramar is to maintain and operate facilities, and to provide services and material to support aviation activities of the operational forces of the Navy. In 1997, the land transfers back to the Marines to become Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, the aviation wing of Fleet Marine Forces.

As one of the last open spaces in San Diego County, NAS Miramar's 24,000 acres encompass ecosystems which a all but gone elsewhere. Those habitats are home to over 50 endangered, threatened, or sensitive species of wildlife. Some particular species of concern that occur on NAS Miramar are San Diego button celery, San Diego mesa mint, San Diego coast horned lizard and the California gnatcatcher.

Access to NAS Miramar is limited to prearranged tours. For permission please contact NAS Miramar Environmental Protection Division (EPD) at 619-537-1108. Birders using this Checklist are encouraged to report their results to EPD.

NAVY RESOURCES PROGRAM

The Navy and Marine Corps manage more than four million acres worldwide. Much of this land is located in sensitive wetlands along valuable coastlines, some of the most ecologically significant areas in the world. The location of our real estate holdings make it imperative that we plan and execute our various military missions in harmony with our environment. It is a Department of the Navy goal to promote an environmental protection ethic within the Navy workforce.

The Department of the Navy supports numerous partnerships with other Federal, State, local anal private resource groups to promote such program as the North American waterfowl Management Plan, Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation, Wetland Protection and Enhancement, and Watchable Wildlife.

To succeed in its mission, and to earn public confidence, the Navy must emphasize nature resources stewardship in every aspect of its land use. It does. Come see for yourself and discover our resources.

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The U.S. Navy and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation are cooperating on an international program to promote conservation of neotropical migratory birds. For more information, call U.S. Navy at (703) 325-0427 or NFWF at (202) 857-0166.