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Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge, Willows

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Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge is located along the Sacramento River in the Sacramento Valley of California. Landscape is very flat, bordered by the Sierra and Coast ranges, with intensive agriculture (rice, with walnut, almond, and prune orchards along the river). This riparian community is one of the most important wildlife habitats in California and North America.The refuge is currently in an active acquisition phase, and includes the Llano Seco Unit. Large-scale riparian habitat restoration is ongoing. Riparian habitat along the Sacramento River is critically important for various threatened species, fisheries, migratory birds, plants, and the natural system of the river itself.RestorationThere has been an 85% reduction of riparian vegetation throughout the Sacramento Valley and foothills region, and probably over a 95 percent reduction along this area's major river systems. The relatively small amount of Riparian forest woodlands that remains provides a strikingly disproportionate amount of habitat value for wildlife.
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  • We have been to this reserve several times and each time have seen something new. The best viewing is usually late afternoon/dusk. We usually go in the early months of the year. Stunning birds, ducks,...  more »
  • 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 ...  more »
  • 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 bir...  more »