Upcoming Public Events

  • Sandhill Crane Fly-in Events at Merced NWR

    Join us at the Merced National Wildlife Refuge for Saturday evening crane fly-ins.

    November 17 at 4:00 p.m.
    December 15 at 3:45 p.m.
    January 19 at 4:15 p.m.
    February 16 at 4:45 p.m.

    Merced National Wildlife Refuge
    7430 W. Sandy Mush Rd, Merced CA – Meet at the main entrance information kiosk accessed from Sandy Mush Road.

    The lesser sandhill cranes are settling in for their winter stay at the Merced NWR and perhaps the best time to view them is when they return to the refuge at sundown in mass numbers to roost for the night. We will provide several opportunities throughout the winter for visitors to spend some time with staff to experience the spectacle that is the evening fly-in.

    Note that the times are all different reflecting the lengthening daylight hours. Participants should meet at the time indicated, at the main entrance kiosk of the Merced NWR on Sandy Mush Road, south of Merced. There will be an introduction with some natural history of the sandhill crane. Then visitors will carpool along the auto tour route to a great vantage point from which to watch the cranes make their nightly return to their roosting sites in the refuge wetlands.

    It is not necessary to sign-up or pre-register for these events. There is no charge to participate. For questions or driving directions, please call 209/826-3508.

    Additional information about the refuge and driving directions can be found here. It is recommended visitors bring binoculars, spotting scopes, or cameras and dress warmly!

    Please join us for one of nature’s great winter spectacles in the San Joaquin Valley!

  • 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, an avid photographer and regular visitor to the Complex.

  • Contact us

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