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Kern National Wildlife Refuge

Kern National Wildlife Refuge contains almost 11,000 acres of natural valley grassland and developed marsh. Its managed wetland provides wintering habitat for ducks, geese, and shorebirds; in summer, a number of ducks and the threatened Tricolored Blackbird breed here. The rest of the refuge, as well as most of nearby Pixley National Wildlife Refuge, are upland grasslands that support three endangered species: the Bluntnose Leopard Lizard, the San Joaquin race of the Kit Fox, and the Tipton race of the Kangaroo Rat. Late spring and summer are the best times to see Bluntnose Leopard Lizards in open areas of the refuges. A self-guided 6-mile driving tour begins at the kiosk near refuge headquarters and travels through marshes and a cottonwood and willow grove.

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