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Reported Sightings

Waterfowl in flightOver 300 species of birds and a diversity of animals have been recorded at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex since 1937. We encourage visitors to report to us any sightings of rare, unusual, or unique animals on our refuges and the surrounding areas.

This list is updated approximately monthly between November and March. Many of the sightings and identification is performed by the public and can be subject to error. Remember that wildlife regularly move around the Sacramento Valley. Respect all wildlife laws, signs, and regulations. Please park in designated parking areas. National Wildlife Refuges are places where wildlife comes first! Postings are more regularly updated on our Facebook page.

 October 2014 Sightings 

November 2014 Sightings

December 2014 Sightings

January 2015 Sightings

February 2015 Sightings

March 2015 Sightings

A male Falcated Duck was spotted on October 30, 2014 at Colusa NWR near the platform. He has been spotted throughout the winter every few days.
The Falcated Duck was first identified at Colusa National Wildlife Refuge in 2011 and it returned for a few weeks in December 2012. This vagrant from Asia is sometimes seen in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska, but an extreme rarity for California. Birds seen in the USA are sometimes escapees from captivity but no determination has been made on this bird. This duck is in the teal family and is named for the male's long, falcated (sickle-shaped) tertials (wing feathers near the body) that overhang onto the tail.  

Falcated Duck by Steve Emmons

 photo by Steve Emmons

November 2013 Sightings

December 2013 Sightings


Mountain lions live on the Complex and are regularly seen on the Sacramento River NWR. Visit the Sacramento River NWR mountain lion page to learn more about recent sightings.     Mountain Lion
Have you seen a Sacramento Valley Red Fox? Red foxes in the Sacramento Valley were thought to be non-native until genetic testing by UC Davis in 2005 revealed otherwise. Report a sighting through the website below to help  Red Fox Sac Valley Subspp
Page Photo Credits — Photo by Mike Peters
Last Updated: Jul 24, 2015
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