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“A beautiful necessity near Willows”

Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge
Reviewed 23 April 2017

We went to the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge during the off season. According to the radio guided tour, most of the migrating birds leave by January to head north for the summer. Even though it was the off season, this wetland sanctuary is beautiful.

The guided tour (FM 93.1) that accompanies the slow car drive through the refuge explains why the wetland restoration is necessary for the health of our communities and the wildlife. The tour was very interesting.

We saw many jackrabbits including babies, lots of ducks, hawks and a couple of beautiful pheasants. We also saw non-migrating ducks and what looked like a snowy egret.

If you are in the area, I highly recommend stopping at this beautiful and peaceful site.
Our National Parks pass covered our admission.

2  Thank nkwins
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Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

We passed through here twice within 3 weeks during our recent travels. Both times were excellent experiences. The Refuge staff do a great job of maintaining roads and trails for the public to view birds, migrating or not, and other local critters that may be out and about. Staff are knowledgeable and helpful, and were good at explaining some of the birds we saw as we forgot our guidebooks. All the units were fun to visit, and we will return on future travels through the area.

Thank Hugh L
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Reviewed 26 February 2017

Simply put, the refuge is a treasure. The variety of birds one can see (at least in the winter) is jaw-dropping. Also impressive are the opportunities one has to either walk or drive. I can't say enough about the staff in the visitor's center as well. My daughter is a fledgling birder and they were very supportive and helpful!

One note, the auto tour is not short. You'll probably want to plan for at least an hour.

1  Thank Brad W
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Reviewed 16 February 2017

I have been going to the SNWR complex for more than a decade now, and always have an amazing time there. I am a serious wildlife photographer and get amazing shots here. Where else can you literally see hundreds of thousands of critters. Mostly geese and ducks, but if you look carefully you will likely see lots of raptors, ibis, heron, etc. Increasing numbers of bald eagles hang here in the winter now. Great facilities, nice people working there, I can't recommend these refuges (there are several in the area) highly enough. Best time to visit is late November through Mid March. Summer is pretty quiet as all the migrating birds are long gone, but it's still beautiful.

2  Thank Richard C
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Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

We did a drive through and the waterfowl was amazing. Many species of geese and duck. Also saw many hawks and several eagles. Great place to spend several hours enjoying the outdoors.

Thank mikesabirder
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