Crane Day at the Merced National Wildlife Refuge
Saturday, December 6, 2014 – 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
7430 W. Sandy Mush Road, Merced CA 95340
We are featuring a new format for Crane Day this year – Visit
the Merced National Wildlife Refuge in the afternoon on December 6th to celebrate
the return of the sandhill cranes to the San Joaquin Valley for the
winter. The cranes started arriving in
mid-September and their numbers increase through November. 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 roost in the refuge wetlands. Join a refuge staff member at the Merced NWR entrance
kiosk at 4:00pm for an introduction and to learn some natural history of the Lesser
Sandhill Crane – a species Aldo Leopold called “wildness incarnate.” Visitors will carpool or caravan to an area
on the Refuge from which to best view the cranes as they return for the
night. If you have never witnessed the
spectacle, you are missing something! If
you have, the sights and sounds never cease to amaze.
Merced NWR is located at 7430 W. Sandy Mush Road, Merced, CA,
95340. It is recommended visitors bring
binoculars, spotting scopes, insect repellent, and plan for the possibility of chilly,
cold, or rainy weather.
It is not necessary to sign-up or pre-register
for this event. If you have questions,
please call the San Luis NWR Complex Visitor Center at 209-826-3508.