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  • October 8, 2016: Tule Elk Day at the San Luis NWR

    Cooler weather is approaching, the tule elk are bugling, and it's a wonderful time to visit the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge!

    Come join us at the San Luis NWR on Saturday, October 8th to kick-off National Wildlife Refuge Week with the 3rd Annual Tule Elk Day--a celebration of this unique subspecies of North American elk found only in California--as well as the launch of San Luis' exciting new Discover Nature smartphone app. Participants will be able to observe and learn about the elk through a day of presentations, tours, exhibits and displays, as well as download and explore our new smartphone app, Discover Nature: San Luis.

    This event will provide the rare opportunity for visitors to observe the tule elk herd from INSIDE their habitat. Refuge staff will take participants for a drive (using refuge vans) through the middle of the elk enclosure to learn about the rich natural history of the majestic elk. There will be two tours. Tours are free, but spots are limited due to capacity of vans 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. An individual calling in may reserve no more than four spots.

    Schedule of events for Saturday, October 8th:

    8:00 a.m. – Guided Elk Tour Inside the Elk Enclosure (free, but sign-up required - a few spots will be set aside for walk-ups on the day of the event)

    10:00 a.m. – Speaker Presentation
    Learn about elk management from a wildlife biologist, and then get photography tips from a wildlife photographer and learn about his experiences photographing the San Luis herd...while viewing his world class photographs. (Presenters: Cristen Langner, California Dept of Fish and Wildlife and Doug Ridgway, Wildlife Photographer)

    11:00 a.m. -- Guided Elk Tour Inside the Elk Enclosure (free, but sign-up required, a few spots will be set aside for walk-ups on the day of the event)

    1:00 p.m. – Speaker Presentation
    Learn all about the new Discover Nature: San Luis smartphone app!

    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.

    Please visit on October 8th to experience and learn about California’s tule elk – a species almost lost. We hope to see you there!

  • Crane Day at the Merced NWR: November Date TBD

  • Photography Exhibit at the San Luis NWRC Visitor Center: Wildlife of the San Joaquin River NWR

    Photography Exhibit: Wildlife and Scenery from the San Joaquin River NWR by Rick Kimble on Display at the San Luis NWR Visitor Center

    7376 S. Wolfsen Road, Los Banos CA 93635  

    The San Luis NWR Complex is pleased to announce a special showing of wildlife photos by photographer Rick Kimble. Rick, an avid photographer and regular visitor to the Complex, is a Scientific Coordinator at the National Laboratory in Livermore. According to Rick, he “recharges his batteries by capturing images of nature.” This is the second photo display at the visitor center from Rick – this display features a variety of wildlife images and other scenes taken at the San Joaquin River NWR. 

  • Contact us

    Contact the Refuge Complex headquarters at 209/826-3508 with questions. The Visitor Center is open daily from 8am - 4:30pm.

Last Updated: Sep 09, 2016
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