Upcoming Tours and Volunteer Events
Tours and Nature Walks
Spring is in the air and the San Luis NWR Complex is continuing to offer guided weekend nature walks in March to encourage people to get outdoors and explore the many nature trails throughout the Refuge Complex.
March 9th, at 9 a.m. – Visitor Center Wetland trail at the San Luis NWR
The walk on Saturday, March 9th, will be along the Visitor Center Wetland trail at the Visitor Center on San Luis NWR off of Wolfsen Road. The trail loops around a seasonal wetland and offers an easy 0.8-mile walk. Participants should be able to see various species of waterfowl, wading birds, raptors, possibly great horned owls, and the first of the spring migrating songbirds. Participants should meet at the Visitor Center at 9 a.m. and the walk will last one to two hours. The San Luis NWR Visitor Center is located at 7376 S. Wolfsen Road (off highway 165), Los Banos, 93635.
March 23rd, at 9 a.m. – The Bittern Marsh trail at the Merced NWR
The nature walk on Saturday, March 23rd, will be along the Bittern Marsh Trail at the Merced NWR on Sandy Mush Road. The Bittern Marsh trail is an easy approximately one-mile loop around and through a semi-permanent wetland. Walkers should be able to see various waterfowl, shorebirds, songbirds and woodpeckers, among others. Participants should meet at the entrance kiosk of the Merced NWR at 9 a.m. From there, we will carpool around the waterfowl auto route to the Bittern Marsh trailhead. The walk will last one to two hours. The Merced NWR main entrance is located at 7430 W. Sandy Mush Road, Merced, 95340.
To make the most of these nature walks, participants are encouraged to bring binoculars, hats, water, sunscreen and dress for changeable spring weather.
Driving directions to these locations are available here.
No RSVP is necessary for these tours. Please phone 209/826-3508 with any questions or for more information. We hope to see you there!
Lesser Sandhill Cranes. Photo by Rich Albers.