Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge, Willows

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#152 of 241 in Wildlife in California
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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  • This is a great place for outdoor lovers who appreciate wildlife. The $6 entrance fee gives you a small visitor center and a six mile loop road passing ponds where migrating waterfowl and resting. The...  more »
  • SNWR is located just off of I 5 south of Willows. They have a 6 mile auto route that passes through some of the best habitat on the refuge. You can only leave your car and walk around at 3 locations, ...  more »
  • Tis a pale reflection of the abundant flocks of migratory birds that once blackened the skies in this winter stop over, the Pacific Flyway for migratory birds of all species that used this stretch of ...  more »

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