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.