Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge, Willows

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#195 of 509 in Wildlife in California
Nature / Park · Wildlife Area
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The Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex (Complex) is located in the heart of the Sacramento Valley about 90 miles north of the city of Sacramento. The Complex consists of five national wildlife refuges (NWR) and three wildlife management areas (WMA) that comprise over 35,000 acres of wetlands and uplands. In addition, there are over 30,000 acres of conservation easements in the Complex. The Refuges and easements are part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service); they serve as resting and feeding areas for nearly half the migratory birds on the Pacific Flyway.

Hours vary for each refuge. The auto tours/trails on Sacramento NWR, Colusa NWR, and Llano Seco are 1 hour before sunrise to 1 hour after sunset.
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  • Lovely place to visit for the wildlife and as an escape from the noisy world around us. Bring your binoculars! Pack a lunch and enjoy a quiet picnic. 
    Lovely place to visit for the wildlife and as an escape from the noisy world around us. Bring your binoculars! Pack a lunch and enjoy a quiet picnic.  more »
  • Nice place to bike ride while watching the wildlife. Bring your camera, pack a lite lunch, bring your binoculars you never know what you will see. The Eagles are back which is always a rare treat... 
    Nice place to bike ride while watching the wildlife. Bring your camera, pack a lite lunch, bring your binoculars you never know what you will see. The Eagles are back which is always a rare treat...  more »
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  • Beautiful area to visit in the winter. Home to a wide variety of migratory birds and other wildlife. We were lucky to see river otters and a badger. We also got to see a bald eagle which was pretty amazing. The auto tour is the highlight. The visitor center was closed and being repaired. The trail close to the visitor center was a nice walk but we did not see many birds or other wildlife on the walk.
  • Love SNW! Nice blinds spaced out far enough from each other. Plus one girl at the check station is pretty cute😉

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