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Butterbredt Spring - This is one of the premier spring migration locations in Kern County. Arrival before dawn is critical for the best views. The timing is best between the third week in April to the first week in June. Butterbredt Spring is 31.9 miles from Audubon's Kern River Preserve and takes over about 1 hour and 15 minutes to get to there.

1. Turn right onto Kelso Valley Rd - drive 24.7 mi
2. Turn left toward Jawbone Canyon Rd 0.4 mi
3. Continue straight onto Jawbone Canyon Rd 5.8 mi
4. Turn sharply left onto Butterbredt Canyon Rd 1.0 mi
5. Arrive at Butterbredt Spring

Alternative directions from Highway 14 at Jawbone Station.
1. Drive 6.4 miles bearing right at Y-intersection leaving the pavement. The next 6+ miles is dirt road that can be rough.
2. Drive 5.4 miles to Y-intersection where you'll see the Butterbredt Springs Bird Sanctuary sign, bear right.
3. Drive 1.0 miles on this road watching for motorcyclists and waterbars.

4. Arrive at Butterbredt Spring

Arrive at Butterbredt Spring on your right, park along the sides of the road so you do not block traffic. There is a fenced, designated, self-contained camping area just above the parking area. It is just beyond the Tree of Heaven area.

Squeeze through fence where there is PVC covering wire, stay on well worn foot paths. Birding is good in migration all the way down the trail and below the wash to the second fence.

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