California Department of Fish and Wildlife

North Central Region

Main Office
   1701 Nimbus Road
   Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
   (916) 358-2900
   FAX: (916) 358-2912

Sales Hours
   8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
   Monday - Friday

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Regional Manager:
Tina Bartlett

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Viewing Locations

  1. NIMBUS AND AMERICAN RIVER HATCHERIES
    California Department of Fish and Game
    Rancho Cordova; (916) 358-2884; www.dfg.ca.gov/fish/Hatcheries/Nimbus
    Stroll the river trail to discover signs of wildlife. Scan the river's edge for fish, egret and mergansers.
    Catch a glimpse of heron fishing at the pond. Check out the Visitor Center exhibits.
    YEAR-ROUND
    : young salmon and trout in the raceways
    SPRING: cormorants, hawks, bluebirds
    SUMMER
    : gulls, kingfisher, osprey
    FALL: salmon spawning, steelhead trout in the raceways, herons, waterfowl, turkey
    WINTER: steelhead spawning, salmon hatching, ducks, vultures, deer, egrets
     
  2. AMERICAN RIVER PARKWAY EFFIE YEAW NATURE CENTER
    Sacramento County Parks Recreation and Open Space
    Carmichael; (916) 489-4918; www.sacnaturecenter.net
    Discover nature's richness along trails through oak woodland, lush cottonwoods and wild grape. Sights, sounds and smells of the peaceful nature area offer a restful retreat.
    YEAR-ROUND: magpies, waterfowl, turkeys, deer
    SPRING: wood ducks, hawks, quail, hummingbirds
    SUMMER: swallowtail butterflies, acorn woodpeckers, tree swallows
    FALL: red-tailed hawks, vultures, salmon, gulls, mergansers
    WINTER: owls, songbirds, raccoon, otter Interactive natural and cultural history exhibits, live animals, discovery store and weekend programs.
    Additional Parkway Sites: Discovery Park, Bushy Lake, William Pond, Rossmoor Bar, Sailor Bar
    FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL (916) 875-6672
      
  3. FOLSOM LAKE STATE RECREATION AREA
    California Department of Parks and Recreation
    Folsom; (916) 988-0205 ext 273; www.parks.ca.gov
    Wander the trails and enjoy wildlife viewing along the shoreline, in open woodlands and wetlands.
    YEAR-ROUND: deer, kites, turkey, quail, mockingbirds
    SPRING: hummingbirds, orioles, herons, songbirds
    SUMMER: hawks, white pelican, geese, jays
    FALL: geese, bluebirds, woodpeckers, lizards
    WINTER: waterfowl, waxwings, beaver, muskrat
    Picnic areas, hiking trails, camping, boat access, visitor center.
      
  4. MATHER REGIONAL PARK
    Sacramento Regional Park, Recreation and Open Space
    Rancho Cordova; (916) 875-6672; www.msa2.saccounty.net/parks
    Wooded lake and creek, grasslands and colorful vernal pools offer intimate viewing.
    YEAR-ROUND: deer, lizards, owls, meadowlarks
    SPRING: wildflowers, amphibians, shorebirds, songbirds
    SUMMER: hawks, pheasant, bluebird, orioles
    FALL: woodpeckers, falcons, magpies, quail
    WINTER: waterfowl, towhees, coyote, jays
     
  5. ISENBERG CRANE RESERVE
    California Department of Fish and Game
    Lodi; (916) 358-2353; www.dfg.ca.gov/lands
    Witness awe-inspiring flights of sandhill cranes along Woodbridge Road, west of I-5. All land is
    private except the reserve.
    SPRING: barn owls, herons, orioles, shorebirds
    SUMMER: pelicans, vultures, Swainson’s hawks
    FALL: sandhill cranes, ibis, hawks, shrikes
    WINTER: sandhill cranes, swans, stilts, ducks
    Parking lot 2 1/2 miles west of I-5. Tours to shelter available by reservation.
     
  6. COSUMNES RIVER PRESERVE
    The Nature Conservancy / Bureau of Land Management
    Galt; (916) 683-1700; www.cosumnes.org
    Hike through oaks, marsh and willows on established trails. Over 200 bird species use this site for resting or residence. Visit this expanding reserve along a wild and scenic river.
    YEAR-ROUND: herons, hawks, otter, deer, owls
    SPRING: songbirds, turtles, blackbirds
    SUMMER: avocets, bluebirds, pheasant, muskrat
    FALL: sandhill cranes, waterfowl, stilts, finches
    WINTER: sandhill cranes, geese, swans, ducks
    Open daily; visitor center exhibits, special programs, small boat access, restoration opportunities
     
  7. STONE LAKES NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
    U.S. National Fish and Wildlife Service
    Elk Grove; (916) 775-4420; www.fws.gov/stonelakes
    Explore a grassland trail along the water’s edge and ramble through the woods. This new urban refuge provides homes for well over a hundred bird species and many resident mammals and reptiles. Get a bird’s eye view from the viewing platform or join a tour.
    YEAR-ROUND: herons, egrets, cinnamon teals, owls
    SPRING: otters, beavers, shrikes, vernal pool flowers, grebes, ibis
    SUMMER: pheasant, hawks, quail, coyote, rabbits
    FALL: ducks, stilts, avocets, pheasant, hawks
    WINTER: white pelicans, sandhill cranes, geese, eagles
    Open second and fourth Saturday of each month.
     
  8. LAGUNA CREEK PARKWAY
    Elk Grove Community Service District
    Elk Grove; (916) 685-3917; www.yourcsd.com/parks
    Enjoy year-round trails along cottonwoods and willows.
    YEAR-ROUND: herons, egrets, otter, songbirds
    SPRING: vernal pool flowers, frogs, wrens
    SUMMER: turtles, red-wing blackbird, muskrat, hawks
    FALL: deer, hawks, grebes, magpies
    WINTER: ducks, shorebirds, opossum, kingfisher
    Guided tours held first Saturday of every month.
     
  9. VIC FAZIO YOLO WILDLIFE AREA
    California Department of Fish and Game
    Davis; (530) 758-1018; www.yolobasin.org
    The Yolo Bypass, a Globally Important Bird Area, is a partnership wetland restoration project.
    YEAR-ROUND: black crowned night herons, owls, ibis, muskrat
    SPRING: avocets, hawks, orioles, blackbirds
    SUMMER: yellow headed blackbirds, great blue herons, egrets, finches, kites
    FALL: snow geese, shorebirds, kingfisher, raccoon
    WINTER: white pelicans, swans, ducks, bald eagle
    Open daily; weekly tours, auto loop, trails (demonstration marsh at headquarters).
     
  10. GRIZZLY ISLAND WILDLIFE AREA
    California Department of Fish and Game
    Suisun City; (707) 425-3828; www.dfg.ca.gov/lands
    This salt/freshwater marsh hosts one of the state’s most diverse groupings of birds – 230 species, and California’s largest population of river otter.
    YEAR-ROUND: tule elk, kites, hawks, otter
    SPRING: tule elk calves, hummingbirds, egrets, yellowthroats, rails
    SUMMER: teals, shorebirds, songbirds, muskrat
    WINTER: waterfowl, prairie and peregrine falcons
    Open daily to the general public February through July. Auto loop, trails.
     
  11. GRAY LODGE WILDLIFE AREA
    California Department of Fish and Game
    Gridley; (530) 846-5176; www.dfg.ca.gov/lands
    Situated in the heart of the Pacific Flyway, this spectacular wetland is known for its wintering migratory waterfowl. A million ducks, 200 species of birds and over 200,000 geese winter on this 9,182 acre mosaic of marshes, ponds and woods.
    YEAR-ROUND: herons, teals, egrets, hawks, grebes
    SPRING: avocets, stilts, kingbirds, finches, muskrat
    SUMMER: orioles, pelicans, marsh wrens, coots
    FALL: bitterns, sandhill cranes, ducks, kites, pheasant
    WINTER: ducks, snow geese, ibis, deer, swans
    Open daily; Seasonal weekend tours, self-guided nature trail, auto tour, viewing platform, exhibits
     
  12. BOBELAINE AUDUBON SANCTUARY
    Sacramento Audubon Society
    Nicolaus; (916) 481-5332; www.sacramentoaudubon.org
    Enjoy well maintained trails as you meander through lush woodlands by the Feather River.
    YEAR-ROUND: hawks, great horned owls, wood ducks, herons
    SPRING: cormorants, grebes, wood ducks, quail
    SUMMER: egrets, swallows, kingfishers, woodpeckers
    FALL: salmon, osprey, yellow rumped warbler, bald eagle, gulls
    WINTER: herons, kestrel, woodpeckers, owls
    Highway 99 to one mile north of Feather River (south of Yuba City); go east on Laurel Road. Proceed 1/2 mile.