Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we encourage you to:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information
  • Follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


  • Sandhill

    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 2019

  • BNLL

    Visitor Map (PDF)

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

    Pixley Visitor Map

  • Green-winged Teal

    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

  • Mix Ducks for Pixley Brochure Rotator

    Kern NWRC Brochure

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

    Kern NWRC Brochure PDF

  • Sandhill crane

    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