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Audubon Kern River Preserve, Weldon

#472 of 479 in Wildlife in California
Wildlife Area · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
The Audubon Kern River Preserve is a riparian nature reserve owned by the National Audubon Society in the US state of California, near Weldon in Kern County.
The preserve is located in one of the largest contiguous riparian forests remaining in the state. The 3000acre preserve provides habitat for rare and Audubon's endangered birds, one of which is the federally listed endangered southwestern willow flycatcher, a subspecies of the willow flycatcher. The preserve is located within a designated Globally Important Bird Area, a program of the National Audubon Society with its partner BirdLife International to identify and protect critical avian habitats.
The South Fork Kern River, designated a national Wild and Scenic River since 1987. flows down the South Fork Valley, through the Kern River Preserve and then into Lake Isabella. The South Fork is the source for irrigation water for agriculture and the rare riparian forests of the valley. The river's upper reaches have populations of golden trout, California's state fish. The golden trout is being reviewed by United States Fish and Wildlife Service for listing under the Endangered Species Act.
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  • This is a treasure of natural habitat for birds. It has been many years in the making. There are a few short trails that explore small portions of the preserve. Best time is early in the morning...  more »
  • Wonderful, and wild, but lots of bugs. The day was hot, so we were too busy slapping and scratching.  more »

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