About the Refuge

cranes using wetland

Visitors to the Pixley National Wildlife Refuge may be surprised to see it is home to small seasonal marsh wetlands yet what they may not know is that it has some of the last significant acres of Southern San Joaquin Valley Grassland habitat. This habitat type provides nesting, foraging, and cover for a variety of species including threatened Tipton kangaroo rat, blunt-nosed leapord lizard, and the endangered San Joaquin kit fox. During the winter months, it is the best place in the Southern San Joaquin Valley to view Sandhill Cranes. 

Pixley National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Kern National Wildlife Refuge Complex, with headquarters at Kern National Wildlife Refuge. Visit Kern NWR's homepage to learn more about the complex.