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Farming is the backbone of our region's economy and history

Farming is the backbone of our region's economy and history - John Deere!

Vernal Pool educational opportunities are available

Vernal Pool exploration activities are available for kids in Northern California

Waterfowl traveling the Pacific Flyway are our frequent guests

Mallards and many other species of waterfowl frequent the Corning, CA property.

Nature Programs

Native FlowersField days and workshops are available on many different nature and environmental topics, including:

  • Guided field day on native and invasive plant species.
  • Guided bird watching days where the many different species of bird and migratory water fowl can be seen on the property.  You will be able to witness the many burrowing owls that live on the property from fall until late spring.
  • Vernal pool viewing.  These pools are rich in biodiversity and have many native plant species that grow in and around the vernal pools as well as the invertebrates that live within them, such as fairy shrimp amongst a few.  You will learn the importance of the vernal pools in the central valley  and the roll that they play with the migratory waterfowl within our flyway.
  • Native pollinators are also a big part of our native plant species.  There  will be opportunities to catch and identify the many different species of native pollinators of this area.
  • There will be many trails throughout the wetlands and uplands upon completion of reconstruction project that will begin in early summer of 2013.  These trails will be open to the public on a limited basis.

Native birds on the refuge.We are in the first phase of eradicating the invasive plant species in the wetland and upland areas. 

This will take 18-24 months before we will be planting native grasses on about 125 acres of the uplands portion of the refuge.

Our trail system will allow you to travel through our wetlands and grasslands to view all aspects of wildlife and diversity within the property.  Learning about and appreciating conservation is a great opportunity at the refuge and will leave a lasting impression.