Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

For more information, please visit the Department of Interior webpage at


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    Return of the Cranes

    The Return of the Cranes event is right around the corner. Please join us as we watch thousands of cranes fly onto the refuge to roost.

    Return of the Cranes 2018

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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
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