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CHECKLIST OF BIRDS
NAVAL OUTLYING LANDING FIELD
IMPERIAL BEACH
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BIRDS OF IMPERIAL BEACH

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NAVY NATURAL RESOURCES AND LAND MANAGEMENT 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 makes 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 and private resource groups to promote such programs as the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation, Wetlands Protection and Enhancement, and Watchable Wildlife.

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

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NAVAL OUTLYING LANDING FIELD

OLF Imperial Beach operates as an extension of NAS North Island. Located nine miles south of the City of San Diego, it lies between Imperial Beach and the Mexican Border. OLF provides a practice field for helicopter operation and a site for personnel support facilities.

The Tijuana River crosses the Mexican border, meanders north through the valley and flows west into an estuarine tidal salt marsh. Nearly half of OLF, 550 of 1190 total acres, is managed by the US. Fish and Wildlife Service as part of the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve. Five endangered bird species are known to use the estuary: Brown Pelican, Peregrine Falcon, Lightfooted Clapper Rail, California Least Tern, and Least Bell's Vireo.

Interpretive material on estuary ecology is available from the Reserve Visitor's Center. Trails through the Reserve lead into the tidal wetlands overlooking the mouth of the Tijuana River. For additional information contact the Natural Resources Office of NAS North Island: (619) 545-1130.

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The U.S. Navy and Partners in Flight are cooperating on an international program to promote the conservation of migratory birds. For information, contact DoD Partners in Flight by email or call 540-349-9662.

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