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Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

752 County Road 99W, Willows, CA
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Ranked #1 of 2 Attractions in Willows
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Duarte, California
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151 reviews 151 reviews
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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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Santa Rosa
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12 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

This is one of the most incredible places to visit and hike through. Its a very well managed refuge. We saw Canadian Geese, Snow Geese, Golden Eagles, Turtles, Mallards, Cormorants, Herons, Blue Herons, all kinds of Birds I didn't recognize, pheasant, hawks. A place of beauty and wonder. We did the auto tour and then did the hike. Hundreds of... More

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San Jose
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57 reviews 57 reviews
10 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

I recommend both the Sacto and the Colusa Wildlife Refuge. There is a charge for the Sacto auto tour, but the one in Colusa, no charge.

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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
11 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

A visit in autumn is highly recommended. The vast number and variety of birds is something to behold. Even if you are not a bird enthusiast you will still enjoy it here. There is a short interpretive trail and you will see lots of wildlife.

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Arizona
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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

Just a 10 minute drive from the Hotel. Beautiful preserve with lots of bunnies! Oh, and birds too! worth the $5 entry fee.

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Templeton, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Our audubon group visited 2 wildlife refuges in January: Colusa & Sacramento. Sacramento is larger and has a Visitor Center. There were MANY migrating birds throughout this large refuge. We saw several species of geese, teals,pintuck ducks, ibis, herons, bald eagles, hawks and pheasant. Also saw a raccoon washing his paws in creek. You drive the Autotrail, stay in your... More

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El Granada, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

Even if you are not a nature-lover, the sight of hundreds of thousands of ducks and geese circling overhead with the cacophany of sound stirs the blood. Late fall and winter on the refuge gives you a sense of what the natural world was like before man was here. The six-mile tour route takes you past dozens of fields and... More

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Cottonwood
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

Great place to bird watch and take some fantastic photos. Do take the time to go off the beaten path and drive through. Stop and talk with people and employees within the Refuge.

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