Buttonwillow Ecological Reserve


Buttonwillow Ecological Reserve is approximately 1,400 acres. A prairie falcon has been observed on the site, as well as black-tailed hares, cottontails and many species of birds including meadowlarks, mourning doves, turkey vultures and red-tailed hawks. Many of the adjacent lands are intensively farmed in alfalfa, cotton, milo or orchard crops.

Acquisition of the property prevented its conversion to agricultural use. The property was designated as an ecological reserve by the Fish and Game Commission in 2000.

For more information, call the Central Region Fresno office Conservation Building at (559) 243-4005.

Recreational Opportunities

Wildlife Viewing

Activities: wildlife viewing

NOTE: Visitors are responsible for knowing and complying with all regulations pertaining to the use of Department lands.

Refer to the Public Uses on State and Federal Lands section of the Waterfowl, Upland Game, and Public Use Regulations (PDF) booklet for both statewide and property-specific regulations.

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You may not operate a drone on CDFW Lands without a Special Use Permit.

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Central Region (Region 4)

Kern County

Directions: Hwy 58 E of Buttonwillow. N on Brandt Rd. Reserve at intersect of Seventh Standard and Brandt Roads.

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