Pixley National Wildlife Refuge

Small seasonal marsh wetlands containing some of the last significant acres of grassland habitat in the Southern San Joaquin Valley.  It is the best place in the south valley to view Sandhill Cranes.  Other migratory birds are plentiful in the winter.

You will very likely spot other birds, such as hawks, owls, kestrels and kites.  If you look hard, and are lucky, you may spot a coyote, badger, skunk, bobcat, weasel, and raccoon.

Don’t go in the summer unless you want to be eaten alive by mosquitos.

  • 70 miles south of Fresno
  • Best time to go is in the winter to early spring
  • Open daily dawn until dusk
  • No entry fee
  • Check website for details
  • Some walking required

Photo Tips

Most important to take a fast zoom or telephoto lens, and a wide angle lens, and a tripod or monopod.

Pixley National Wildlife Refuge