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Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge, Willows

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Wildlife Area · Nature / Park
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The Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex (Complex) is located in the heart of the Sacramento Valley about 90 miles north of the city of Sacramento. The Complex consists of five national wildlife refuges (NWR) and three wildlife management areas (WMA) that comprise over 35,000 acres of wetlands and uplands. In addition, there are over 30,000 acres of conservation easements in the Complex. The Refuges and easements are part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service); they serve as resting and feeding areas for nearly half the migratory birds on the Pacific Flyway.

Hours vary for each refuge. The auto tours/trails on Sacramento NWR, Colusa NWR, and Llano Seco are 1 hour before sunrise to 1 hour after sunset.
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  • We went there on early December last year to see the snow geese. Although not yet the peak, it was already an astonishing scene. We also found plenty of other birds. 
    We went there on early December last year to see the snow geese. Although not yet the peak, it was already an astonishing scene. We also found plenty of other birds.  more »
  • 1st trip to the SNWF. The visitor center was being renovated so I did not stop there but went straight to the 6 mile loop. I got there right at sunrise and it was very peaceful place to watch the... 
    1st trip to the SNWF. The visitor center was being renovated so I did not stop there but went straight to the 6 mile loop. I got there right at sunrise and it was very peaceful place to watch the...  more »
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  • Beautiful area to visit in the winter. Home to a wide variety of migratory birds and other wildlife. We were lucky to see river otters and a badger. We also got to see a bald eagle which was pretty amazing. The auto tour is the highlight. The visitor center was closed and being repaired. The trail close to the visitor center was a nice walk but we did not see many birds or other wildlife on the walk.
  • Love this place and the many opportunities to see wildlife. The auto tour does provide alot to see and plenty of places to stop and stretch your legs. I enjoy it all year long but am looking forward to having the visitor center open again. ❤

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