• Detour

    Pixley Detour

    There is a detour in place to access the Pixley NWR. Click on the link directions and maps.

    Pixley Parking Lot Detour

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    Visitor Map (PDF)

    Click on the link for a PDF version of the Pixley NWR Visitor Map.

    Pixley Visitor Map

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    Wildlife Photography Opportunity

    The Pixley NWR would like to introduce the new Photo Blind, giving visitors an opportunity to get closer to the wildlife!

    Photo Blind

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    Kern NWRC Brochure

    Click on the link to view a PDF version of our brochure (file size 1,071 KB)

    Kern NWRC Brochure PDF

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    Pixley Gallery

    Pixley has a wide variety of wildlife throughout the year. Click on the link view some photos.

    Refuge Gallery


The Sandhill Crane Are Back!!

Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane have arrived to Pixley NWR for there winter migration. Stop by the refuge today and watch the cranes fly on and off refuge from the observation platform. For more information on about Sandhill Cranes on Pixley NWR click on the link.

Pixley Sandhill Crane

Crane Survey Results

Crane Survey

Refuge staff conducted the final Sandhill crane survey of the year this morning. The cranes did not disappoint with a good turnout of over 5,700! Sandhill cranes have a long migration to their breeding grounds in Alaska and have already started flying north. Pixley NWR is a great place to see these beautiful creatures as they fly off the refuge during sunrise and return to the wetlands at sunset to roost. Come to the refuge to view then before they all leave for the season!

Tipton kangaroo rat: Don't call it a comeback; we've been here for years

Tipton kangaroo rat

In 2016, for the first time in over 20 years, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff saw a significant increase in the number the endangered Tipton kangaroo rats on the Kern National Wildlife Refuge. Now according to surveys, 2017 was another record year for the tiny endangered species. Follow the link to learn more about the conservation efforts for the Tipton kangaroo rat.

Tipton kangaroo rat: Don't call it a comeback; we've been here for years

Public Comments encouraged for Mosquito Surveillance and Control Compatibility Determination, PNWR

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The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is conducting a review of mosquito surveillance and control activities on Pixley National Wildlife Refuge in Tulare County, California. The Service has drafted a Revised Compatibility Determination for mosquito surveillance and control on Pixley National Wildlife Refuge. The primary goal is to reduce the risk of a serious health threat to both humans and wildlife. The Service proposes to continue collaboration with the Tulare Mosquito Abatement District (District) to implement an integrated approach utilizing biological, cultural, physical and chemical mosquito control methods. The Draft Compatibility Determination will be available for public review from February 13 to March 14, 2018. Comments can be sent by e-mail to richard_smith@fws.gov. Public comments can be mailed to: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Richard Smith 2800 Cottage Way, W-1832 Sacramento, CA 95825

Pixley Mosquito Compatibility Determination
Get Involved

Volunteer Opportunity

Would you like to volunteer at Kern NWRC and get a chance to work up close to the wildlife? Click on the link below for more information on how to apply!

About the Complex


Pixley National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Kern NWRC.

Read more about the complex
About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS