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Address: 752 County Road 99W, Willows, CA
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A Birding Must

There is actually a series of locations Yes, very dry, but still some great waterfowl and other species to see. I had a great view of a Bald Eagle sitting a tree 10 yards away... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

There is actually a series of locations Yes, very dry, but still some great waterfowl and other species to see. I had a great view of a Bald Eagle sitting a tree 10 yards away, shame I couldn't get out of the car but took 20 photos from inside the car.... Highly recommended.

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Roseburg, Oregon
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

DON'T GO IN AUGUST. Bone dry. No life except in our truck. It's a really huge area, and we drove over hoping to find something. Will try another time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

so much wildlife, deer, owls, geese aka honkers, antelope, chipmunks, ducks, doves, pheasants, a very informative and interative welcome center. Bird Watcher's Paradise. a windy paved road for car tour or many trails for hiking. Right off Interstate 5, take county rd 68 exit, towards Princeton.

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Tigard, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We have visited here previously. There is a nice visitors center. We arrived late in the afternoon and just did the auto tour. We saw a variety of wildlife including ducks, geese and deer. Specifically we saw Shovelers, egrets, coots and snow geese. Always worth the time to take the tour.

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Lincoln, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

If you want see nature at it's best this is the place. You can go anytime of year and see many different types of water fowl and birds in the comfort of your car while driving the good unpaved roads around the very large area.

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Fort Bragg, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014 via mobile

Late fall and early winter is the perfect time of year to visit the refuges. We try and do at least 2 "units" while in the area.The weather usually is cooler and many birds have returned to spend the winter months. The auto tours are especially fun as you are hidden from the birds in your car, and are able... More 

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Quito, Ecuador
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Lots of wading birds and other critters. Organized with a visitor center. They will loan you binoculars.

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Paso Robles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

This is the closest of the three refuges in this area, it is overwhelming at first and its not even peak migration season for wintering birds such as the beautiful Tundra Geese and millions of other aviary species that are crammed into these tiny wetland habitats that for thousands of years these migratory birds use a resting, feeding and nesting... More 

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Willows, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

Got some great pics on the auto tour, and the walking tour was nice. Probably not the best time of year though.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

A really nice walking trail along small ponds and marsh areas. Also an auto tour along several small lakes. Ducks and geese weren't disturbed by my vehicle and had the opportunity for great close up pictures for Northern Shovelers, Mallards, Pintail, Buffleheads and Ring Necked Ducks. Not to mention 1000's of White Front Geese, Snow Geese and Ross's Geese.

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