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  • Nature Walk at the Merced National Wildlife Refuge

    Saturday, February 22 at 9:00am – Birding Walk at the Merced NWR
    7430 West Sandy Mush Road, Merced. Birders will walk and bird either the Meadowlark or the Bittern Marsh trail--the specific trail will be determined as the date draws near. Large numbers of Ross’ and snow geese, as well as other waterfowl species and lesser sandhill cranes should still be present on the Refuge. Meet at the Merced NWR entrance kiosk accessed from Sandy Mush Road at 9 a.m. Visitors will convoy from there, if necessary, to the trailhead. This walk is expected to last one to two hours.

  • Nature Walk at the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge

    Saturday, March 8 at 9:00am – Birding Walk at the San Luis NWR
    7376 S. Wolfsen Road, Los Banos. Birders will walk and bird at the Chester Marsh trail. The trail runs around the permanent Chester Marsh and includes a short spur leading walkers to a historic point on the San Joaquin River. One should be able to see waterfowl on the marsh, as well as riparian birds near the river, raptors, and grassland species. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Visitor Center accessed from the San Luis NWR main entrance off of Wolfsen Road. Visitors will convoy from there to the parking lot at the Chester Marsh trailhead. This walk is expected to last one to two hours.

  • Volunteer Events: Native Vegetation Planting at the San Luis NWR (UPDATE: 3/29 event has been canceled.)

    Saturday, March 22 and 29 at 9:00am -- Volunteer Native Vegetation Planting at the San Luis NWR(UPDATE: 3/29 event has been canceled.)
    7376 S. Wolfsen Road, Los Banos. Volunteers are invited help plant native shrubs and grasses for habitat restoration on the grounds near the Visitor Center. Please be certain to wear warm or layered clothing that can get muddy, as well as sturdy, waterproof footwear (for example, hiking boots or rubber boots). It might be muddy! Meet at 9 a.m. in the Visitor Center parking lot accessed from the San Luis NWR main entrance off of Wolfsen Road. The planting activities typically wrap up around noon.

  • Nature Walk at the San Joaquin River National Wildlife Refuge

    Saturday, April 26 at 9:30am – Birding Walk at the San Joaquin River NWR Pelican Nature Trail
    2714 Dairy Road, Vernalis, CA 95385. Birders will walk the Pelican Nature Trail on the lookout for riparian songbirds, grassland and upland species, as well as raptors seen from the trail. Meet at the Pelican trailhead parking lot located on Dairy Road. This walk is expected to last at least two hours.

  • Contact us

    There is no need to make reservations for these birding walks or volunteer events. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars, field guides, snacks, water, hats, and sunscreen.

    Contact the Refuge Complex headquarters at 209/826-3508 with questions.

Last Updated: Mar 03, 2014
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