When: Saturday, November 14, 2015
Time: Tours around the Refuge by bus at 8:00am and 10:00am -- reservations recommended
Where: Merced NWR main entrance – 7430 W. Sandy Mush Rd, Merced CA
For reservations or more information: 209/826-3508
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.
There will be two bus tours on November 14th, at 8:00 a.m. and at 10:00 a.m. Each tour will last approximately 1.5 hours and will be limited to 42 visitors per tour. 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, obtain information about Crane Day, or get driving directions to the Merced NWR. Visitors will assemble and board the tour bus near the Merced NWR front entrance kiosk.