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National Wildlife Refuge

752 County Rd 99W
Willows, CA   95988 - 9639
E-mail: sacramentovalleyrefuges@fws.gov
Phone Number: 530-934-2801
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  Wildlife Observation and Photography
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Two photography blinds along the auto tour route are available October-March on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays by reservation. Islands and snags placed near the blinds, for birds to rest and perch, provide excellent photographic opportunities. A 2-mile Wetlands Walk, with a brochure guide, offers visitors a place to stroll through the marsh and along a creek.

The auto tour is open to vehicles and the trail is open to foot-traffic from sunrise to sunset year-round. The auto tour and trail begin and end at the visitor center, which is located at the visitor parking lot.

The best wildlife viewing time is in the early morning and late afternoon. Wildlife observation is best during mid-November through January when peak waterfowl migrations occur. Spectacular flights of snow and Ross's geese fill the sky with their delicate, white-threaded patterns and then gently fall like snow into the marsh. Thousands of pintail, green-winged teal, mallard, gadwall, and shovelers can be seen actively feeding in the marshes. Other winter migrants are the bald eagle, peregrine falcon, yellow-rumped warbler, white-crowned sparrow, black-necked stilt, and American avocet to name a few. Year-round resident wildlife include herons, egrets, coots, red-winged black birds, ring-necked pheasants, red-tailed hawks, golden eagles, black-tailed jack rabbits, raccoons, and black-tailed deer. This refuge provides food and cover for hundreds of species of birds, mammals, reptiles, and fish.

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