Kern National Wildlife Refuge
|Kern National Wildlife Refuge|
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
Juvenile(?) hawk, Kern National Wildlife Refuge, January 2008
|Location||Kern County, California, United States|
|Nearest city||Wasco, California|
|Area||1,249 acres (5.05 km2)|
|Governing body||U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service|
Kern National Wildlife Refuge is a 1,249-acre (5.05 km2) protected area located in the southern portion of California's San Joaquin Valley, 20 miles west of the city of Delano. Situated on the southern margin of what was once the largest freshwater wetland complex in the western United States, Kern National Wildlife Refuge provides optimum wintering habitat for migratory birds with an emphasis on waterfowl and water birds.
Through restoration and maintenance of native habitat diversity, the refuge also provides suitable habitat for several endangered species as well as preserving a remnant example of the historic valley uplands in the San Joaquin Desert. Approximately 8,200 visitors annually participate in refuge programs ranging from waterfowl hunting to wildlife viewing.