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Silverwood Wildlife Sanctuary

Silverwood Wildlife Sanctuary

13003 Wildcat Canyon Rd
Lakeside, CA 92040

Places: Zoos & Aquariums, Other

HOURS: Mon. - Sat.: 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Sunday: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
CALL:  (619) 443-2998


Silverwood is available for hiking, guided walks, bird watching, passive research, and education. Over 324 native plant species and 124 bird species have been recorded there, as well as numerous reptile and mammal species, including mule deer, bobcat, and raccoon.

The Sanctuary has completely recovered from the 2003 Cedar fire. The flora and fauna are abundant and provide an excellent laboratory for studying the natural cycles of chaparral and riparian ecosystems. This crown jewel of San Diego Audubon has over four miles of trails for you to explore.

An observation area, one-third of a mile from the parking lot attracts birds and small mammal species, which can be viewed from the shaded comfort of available picnic tables and benches. Those with physical limitations may drive or be driven to this area. There are picnic areas at the Nature Center and the observation area, self containted toilets at the parking lot and observation area and a drinking fountain in the observation area.

Wildflowers are profuse in winter and spring. Each spring, we look forward to a large variety of breeding birds, including bluebirds, hummingbirds, woodpeckers, flycatchers, towhees, wrens, goldfinches, phainopeplas, and many other songbirds. Additionally, a wide variety of butterflies, mammals, reptiles, and other wildlife are also there for you to enjoy.

Guided walking tours are offered every Sunday at 10am and 1:30pm, except from July through September due to the summer heat. The Sanctuary is also open on Wednesday mornings to SD Audubon Society members. At those time when the Sanctuary is open to the public visitation, our Frank Gander Nature Education Center will also be open. Come out and see the many new displays in the education center about Silverwood's flora and fauna.



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