Join Us at the Merced National Wildlife Refuge for Evening Crane Fly-ins!
Saturday, December 19th from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 30th from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Merced National Wildlife Refuge
7430 W. Sandy Mush Road, Merced, CA -- Meet at the main entrance information kiosk accessed from Sandy Mush Road.
Visit the Merced National Wildlife Refuge to celebrate the return of the sandhill cranes to the San Joaquin Valley for the winter. Perhaps the most impressive time to see them is late afternoon/early evening as the sun sets and the birds return by the thousands to their evening roosts in the refuge wetlands. Join a refuge staff member on December 19th and January 30th at 4:00 p.m. at the entrance kiosk for a natural history introduction about the Lesser Sandhill Crane – a species Aldo Leopold called “wildness incarnate;” after which visitors will carpool – if needed – and be led to an area on the refuge from which to best view the cranes as they return for the night. If you have never witnessed this spectacle, you are missing something! If you have, the sights and sounds never cease to amaze.
It is not necessary to sign up or pre-register for these events. For questions or driving directions, please call 209/826-3508.
It is recommended visitors bring binoculars, spotting scopes, insect repellent, and plan for the possibility of chilly, cold, or rainy weather.