Waterfowl on the Sacramento NWR Complex,
photo: Mike Peters
Welcome to the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex, located approximately 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 the Sacramento Valley of California. 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.
Enjoy a sneak peak of our winter residents!
Located in northern California's Sacramento Valley, the Sacramento NWR Complex helps provide habitat (resting and feeding areas) for more than 40 percent of the Pacific Flyway's wintering waterfowl. More than three million ducks and one million geese migrate to the Sacramento Valley every fall.
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NEW Colusa NWR is soliciting comments on a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) to restore habitat.
The Draft EA below outlines 3 alternatives for restoring habitat on ~ 350 acres on the southeast corner of Colusa NWR. The document can be reviewed at the link below or a hard copy can be requested from the Sacramento NWR Complex main headquarters (530-934-2801). Comments will be received through June 21, and can be submitted via mail or email.
Draft EA for habitat restoration of T27 at Colusa NWR
**The final environmental impact statement and environmental impact report (EIS/EIR) for the Llano Seco Riparian Sanctuary Unit Restoration and Pumping Plant/Fish Screen Facility Protection Project has been released.
Final EIS/EIR March 2013 (pdf, 4.7 KB)
-Appendix A: Emissions Modeling (pdf, 2.37 MB)
Draft EIS/EIR May 2012 (pdf, 1496 MB)
-Appendix A: Public Notices and Scoping Comments (pdf, 9.09 MB)
-Appendix B: Bank Protection Measure Reports (pdf, 9.80 MB)
-Appendix C: Restoration Design (pdf, 1.6 MB)
-Appendix D: Terrestrial Biology Supporting Information (pdf, 481.17 KB)
-Appendix E: Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program (pdf, 203 KB)
-Appendix F: Draft EIS/EIR Distribution List (pdf, 132.72 KB)
**The Sacramento NWRC website will be receiving a new look this spring! Any saved links to our website will no longer be valid. This website should be much more user friendly and easier to navigate. Look for these changes in May 2013.
**From February 15 - June 30 additional areas open on Sacramento and Sutter NWRs. Click on each refuge to learn more.
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Latest Waterfowl Hunting Closures, News and Updates
2012-2013 Interesting Wildlife Sightings!
Unfinished Symphony - The Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex video. A wide array of USFWS videos are availiable to watch online.
For Kids of all Ages!
- "Let's go outside" and experience the excitement of a majestic bald eagle or the thrill of a bright western tanager flashing through shrubs in your own neighborhood. On this site you'll find activities for kids and information for parents and educators. What are you waiting for? Let's go outside!
- Kids - join Neighborhood Explorers, this virtual tree house has stories and games about nature!
Habitat and Waterfowl Management
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