Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge, Willows

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#141 of 240 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 place is ridiculous. A spectacle of epic proportions will greet you if you get here during the winter migration. It’s hard to believe a lot of it is manmade, created because the birds lost a lot ...  more »
  • I have been to the Sacramento NWR a couple of time in both the Fall and Winter. The vast amount of water birds is simply jaw dropping. You bird from your car with a few stops along the way to get out ...  more »
  • There is an auto tour of the refuge,with stopping places to get out and look at ponds and other fields.  more »

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