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  • Dec 19 and Jan 30: Evening Crane Fly-in at the Merced NWR

    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.

  • Photography Exhibit at the San Luis NWRC Visitor Center: Wildlife of the San Joaquin River NWR

    Photography Exhibit: Wildlife and Scenery from the San Joaquin River NWR by Rick Kimble on Display at the San Luis NWR Visitor Center

    7376 S. Wolfsen Road, Los Banos CA 93635  

    The San Luis NWR Complex is pleased to announce a special showing of wildlife photos by photographer Rick Kimble. Rick, an avid photographer and regular visitor to the Complex, is a Scientific Coordinator at the National Laboratory in Livermore. According to Rick, he “recharges his batteries by capturing images of nature.” This is the second photo display at the visitor center from Rick – this display features a variety of wildlife images and other scenes taken at the San Joaquin River NWR. 

  • Contact us

    Contact the Refuge Complex headquarters at 209/826-3508 with questions. The Visitor Center is open daily from 8am - 4:30pm.

Last Updated: Dec 09, 2015
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