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Waterfowl Hunting

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Hunting is an important wildlife management tool that we recognize as a healthy, traditional outdoor pastime, deeply rooted in America's heritage. Click on the link to learn more about hunting on Kern NWR.

Hunting and Hunt Results

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 Draft Mosquito Surveillance and Control Compatibility Determination at KNWR

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The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is conducting a review of mosquito surveillance and control activities on Kern National Wildlife Refuge in Kern County, California. The Service has drafted a Revised Compatibility Determination for mosquito surveillance and control on Kern 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 Kern Mosquito & Vector Control 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

Kern Mosquito Compatibility Determination

Directions

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.

More to See

Pixley NWR

Crane Family

Pixley NWR is part of the Kern National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Just 20 miles away from the Kern visitor center, Pixley NWR is home to wintering sandhill cranes. Click on the link to go to the Pixley NWR website for more information.

Pixley National Wildlife Refuge

About the Complex

Kern NWR Complex

Kern National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Kern NWR Complex.

Read more about the complex
About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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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