9:00 a.m. San Luis NWR – 7376 S. Wolfsen Rd, Los Banos, CA 93635
4:00 p.m. Merced NWR – 7430 W. Sandy Mush Rd, Merced, CA 95340
Right now is the peak for the tremendous winter diversity of bird life in the San Joaquin Valley. A great variety of migratory waterfowl, waterbirds, raptors, songbirds, and shorebirds are here for the winter in large numbers – but soon many will be leaving. Join us for a Saturday of Birds on February 21st. We’ll start the day at the San Luis NWR birding along the Waterfowl Auto Route and Sousa Marsh Trail. In the afternoon we will migrate to the Merced NWR to check out the sandhill cranes – and others – before they take to the wing and head north at the end of the month. Do one or the other, or do both! Either way it should be a great day of bird viewing!
The first tour of the day starts at the San Luis NWR Visitor Center off of Wolfsen Road at 9:00 a.m. Expect to spend two to three hours at the San Luis NWR.
The second tour starts at the Merced NWR entrance kiosk off of Sandy Mush Road on the same day at 4:00 p.m. We will birdwatch along the auto route and possibly a trail then hang out until sundown to experience the sights and sounds of the cranes as they fly into the Refuge for their nightly roost.
Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars, spotting scopes, field guides, water, hats, and sunscreen. Late-winter-early-spring weather is changeable so dress in layers.
Call 209/826-3508 for information or to get driving directions to the refuges. There is no need to pre-register or rsvp for these outings.