Saturday, October 11, 2014 – Celebrate Tule Elk Day at the San Luis NWR, 7376 S. Wolfsen Road, Los Banos
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the tule elk herd at the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge in Los Banos. Join us on October 11th for a celebration of this unique subspecies of North American elk found only in California. Refuge visitors will be able to observe and learn about the elk through a day of presentations and tours. There will also be display tables with information and guided nature walks including a “photo-safari,” during which kids can use the camera lens to discover some of nature’s surprises.
This event will provide the unique opportunity for visitors to observe the tule elk herd in their habitat. Refuge staff will lead participants on tours of the elk enclosure to learn about the rich natural history of the majestic elk. There will be two tours. Spots will be limited and available on a sign-up, first-come first-served basis. Participants may begin signing up for the tours in advance by phone (209/826-3508). However, some spots will be reserved for sign-ups on-site the day of the event.
Schedule of events for October 11th:
9:30 a.m. – Guided Elk Tour (Sign-up required)
10:45 a.m. – Speaker Presentation inside the Visitor Center*
11:45 a.m. – Nature Walk: Photo Safari
1:00 p.m. – Speaker Presentation inside the Visitor Center*
2:00 p.m. – Nature Walk: What is Living in That Tree?
3:00 p.m. – Guided Elk Tour (Sign-up required)
*Speakers and presentation topics to be determined
Call the Refuge Complex at 209/826-3508 for more information, driving directions, or to sign-up for one of the elk tours. The San Luis NWR is located at 7376 S. Wolfsen Road off Hwy. 165 north of Los Banos.
There is no need to make reservations for the nature walks or speaker presentations. Participants must bring their own camera for the Photo Safari nature walk (tip: most cell phones have cameras, so no need to bring fancy equipment). Participants are also encouraged to bring binoculars, field guides, water, hats, mosquito repellant, and sunscreen.
Please join us on October 11th to experience and learn about California’s tule elk – a species almost lost.