Saturday, November 16, 2013
Tours by Bus at 10am and Noon - Reservations Encouraged
Merced National Wildlife Refuge
As they’ve done for millions of years, the Lesser Sandhill Cranes have returned to the San Joaquin Valley for the winter. The Merced National Wildlife Refuge will hold its annual Crane Day to celebrate the return of the bird Aldo Leopold called “wildness incarnate.” Join refuge staff for a bus tour through the refuge to a place where you can observe the cranes as they “dance,” listen to their prehistoric bugling, and be transported – for a moment – to a wilder place and time. Visitors will learn about the natural history of the Lesser Sandhill Crane and about the conservation work performed by refuge staff on behalf of this and scores of other wildlife species. Crane Day will be held on Saturday, November 16th, with two bus tours, at the Merced NWR located at 7430 W. Sandy Mush Road south of Merced. Visitors will assemble and board the tour bus near the front entrance kiosk.
There will be two bus tours, at 10:00 a.m. and at noon. Each tour will last approximately 1.5 hours and will be limited to 45 visitors. It is recommended that those wishing to participate call to sign-up and reserve a spot. There is no fee to participate. Any unfilled spots will be available on Crane Day on a first-come-first-served basis. Call 209-826-3508 to reserve your spot, get information about Crane Day, or get driving directions to the Merced NWR.
Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars, spotting scopes, field guides, water, hats, sunscreen, and mosquito repellant.