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About the Complex
Kern National Wildlife Refuge, Pixely NWR and Tulare Basin WMA, are located in the southern portion of California's San Joaquin Valley.
Kern is managed as part of the Kern NWR Complex.
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About the NWRS
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.
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In the news
Rapid action to supply water for nesting Tricolored blackbirds achieved dramatic results at a large and significant Tricolored blackbird (TRBL) nesting colony in the Tulare Basin of central California. Due to a freeze on state expenditures this spring, contracts with private landowners paying for water and specific wetland management activities were suspended just at the time that migrating TRBL were establishing their nesting colony. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Migratory Bird Program funds were made available as a miniature stimulus package for nesting birds.
The refuge auto tour route is a 6-mile all weather gravel road open daily from sunrise to sunset. Stopping is allowed anywhere along the tour route and three parking lots provide areas to stop and stretch. Please note that during the waterfowl hunting season from October to January, the Refuge Auto Tour Route is closed to uses other than hunting on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Vehicles are permitted only on the tour route from sunrise to sunset. Maximum speed is 20 miles per hour. Hiking and photography are allowed along roads that lead off the tour route but be careful! Rattlesnakes are present on the refuge.
Restrooms are located at the refuge headquarters and along the Refuge Auto Tour Route at parking lot 2. Potable water is available at the refuge headquarters. All other water is non-potable.
Eleven numbered posts along the route provide points of reference for the information provided in a pamphlet available at the refuge headquarters office, refuge kiosk, or can be mailed to interested parties upon request. The auto tour route pamphlet identifies and expounds on topics specific to the refuge such as water delivery and associated water system, various habitats, wildlife, and habitat management.Visitor Activities
Traveling North or South from I-5, take exit 278 for CA-46E towards Wasco. Drive for 4.5 miles then turn left onto Corcoran Rd. In 10 miles, the Refuge Headquarters will be on your right.
If you are traveling on CA-99 North, take exit 56 towards Glennville/Central Delano. Turn right onto Fremont St, then turn right onto Garces HWY and the Refuge Headquarters will be 19 miles straight ahead.
If you are traveling on CA-99 South, take exit 56 towards Glennville/Central Delano. Turn left onto Ellington St, then turn right onto Garces HWY and the Refuge Headquarters will be 19 miles straight ahead.
American bitterns are almost always solitary and can be difficult to see. They often hide among wetland vegetation, walking slowly as they forage. American bitterns typically hunt in low light, catching food with their bill and killing prey with biting or shaking movements. Flight is stiff and fairly clumsy with rapid wingbeats.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Apr 13, 2017