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Kendall Frost Mission Bay Reserve
San Diego County, California
32.7931° -117.2167°


Kendall Frost Mission Bay Reserve is situated on the Northern edge of Mission Bay in San Diego, California and occupies 16 acres of the 30 total acres of Mission Bay Northern Wildlife Preserve. Habitats include South coastal salt marsh, tidal channels, salt flats, mudflats, sand spit, and eelgrass beds.

The Kendall-Frost Marsh is ideal for bird watching, even without entering the Reserve. The best overview of the marsh is from Crown Point Drive, where there are two viewing platforms. From here, many resident and migratory species can be seen, including -- if you're lucky! -- the Light-footed clapper rail, reddish egret, Belding's savannah sparrow, California least tern, and Black skimmers.

Customized identification guides
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More information



  • Dr. David Holway, Director, UCSD Natural Reserves System -- dholway@ucsd.edu --
  • Heather Henter, Academic Coordinator, UCSD Natural Reserves System -- hhenter@ucsd.edu -- 858-534-8494
  • Isabelle Kay, Manager, UCSD Natural Reserves System -- ikay@ucsd.edu -- 858-534-2077
  • Larry Cozzens, Reserves Steward, UCSD Natural Reserves System -- cozzens@ucsd.edu
  • Nancy Lowe, Outreach Coordinator, Discover Life -- nancy@discoverlife.org -- 404-272-4526
Updated: 13 October, 2010
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