Here you will find recommended areas to bird in Fresno and Madera counties as well as links to the illustrated checklists of these counties from eBird.

Illustrated Checklist of Fresno County


Illustrated Checklist of Madera County


Places to bird within a half hour drive of Fresno

We would also like to offer the following suggestions for birding on your own. Be sure to follow any parking restrictions when birding these areas.

Fresno County

Jensen River Ranch https://goo.gl/maps/qorJF8uGUHrNxgFj8

Riverbottom Park https://goo.gl/maps/sUsBGxJ8v31YFha48

River West https://goo.gl/maps/bNmBDPMiqrtKofJq9

Big Dry Creek Reservoir grasslands https://goo.gl/maps/dYJzn47CPGwaLrt58

Enterprise Canal, Clovis https://goo.gl/maps/5oXTKD6r4eqi27Yv7

Cotton Wood Park, Clovis https://goo.gl/maps/1Sqs4aXkyBbw2sod7

Madera County

Wildwood Native Park and trail to Sycamore Island https:goo.gl/maps/y3VmVhchMA6kH2t18

Rd 208 https://goo.gl/maps/QdYTJvGNLW1pQkKx8

Rd 209 https://goo.gl/maps/ZG5kxTXgNKuUX9Gh6

Hildreth (210) Rd loop https://goo.gl/maps/JJk5jtyV8FNTBKMp8


Fresno Clovis Wastewater Treatment Plant visitor regulations

The following are the criteria that need to be met to gain access to RWRF, there will be no exceptions.

  • Must be a current member of the Audubon Society (or affiliates), with proof of membership.
  • Audubon members must be the ones that are making the appointment.
  • Appointments must be submitted to RWRFBirdWatching@fresno.gov Monday to Friday.
  • Must give 24-hour notice prior to visiting.  RWRF does not have staff available on weekends and some holidays, please make appointments are booked on Monday-Friday for weekend entry.
  • Provide full name and valid cellphone number.
  • Provide a valid e-mail address.
  • Provide the names/number of people that will be visiting the facility with you.
  • Provide the date and time of visitation.
  • NO CARAVANS!  The number of people allowed in facility is limited to legal capacity of vehicle.
  • Multiple vehicles, each car makes an appointment by a current member of the Audubon Society.
  • NO WALKING TOURS ARE ALLOWED.  Visitors must remain in their vehicles, may get out briefly to take pictures/stretch, but do not venture from your vehicle.
  • Visitors must NOT deviate from their path or vehicle.
  • On the day of this visit, the scheduler will provide the guard with a valid California Photo ID, where they will receive a visitor’s pass and liability waiver.
  • All visitors must sign the RWRF liability waivers at the guard booth.
  • Vehicles should temporarily park just west of the facility’s main entrance, past the monument sign. and walk to the guard booth.  DO NOT block the entrance of the facility.
  • Afterwards, visitors will proceed to the Winery gate for entrance to the facility, the Winery gate is located 4/10th of a mile from the main gate, look for the Speed Limit 15 MPG signage at the entrance.  This is the only gate that bird watchers are allowed to use to enter the facility.
  • After exiting the facility, the lead participant will return to the bird watching badge to the guard that the main gate.


There are two maps on this page. The first is a Google map of birding sites near Fresno, CA. The second is a jpg map of the Fresno/Clovis Wastewater Treatment Plant.