Dunes National Wildlife Refuge was established in August 2000, to protect
breeding habitat for threatened western snowy plover, California red-legged
frog, and the endangered California least tern. The Refuge is also home to a
variety of wildlife including deer; black bear; bobcats, and the occasional
mountain lion. Many migratory birds traveling along the Pacific Flyway stop
over at the Refuge including the endangered California brown pelican. Guadalupe-Nipomo
Dunes National Wildlife Refuge provides protected habitat for more than
16 species of rare or endangered, or sparsely distributed plants.