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  • Celebrate the San Luis NWR's 50th Anniversary: February 2017

    February 2, 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge! For half a century, the Refuge has been instrumental in protecting the wildlife and habitats of California’s San Joaquin Valley. We are celebrating throughout the month of February with special public events each Saturday to help visitors learn about and enjoy the Refuge.

    February 4, 2017 at 9am – Presentation and Birding Walk
    The celebration starts on February 4th in the visitor center’s multi-purpose room. Join refuge staff for a presentation on the history of the refuge and its journey of conservation from its establishment in 1967 until now. Following the presentation, join us to birdwatch in a portion of the refuge that visitors don’t often associate with birding—the Tule Elk tour route. This event will last approximately 3.5 hours. No sign-up or RSVP is necessary. Meet in the visitor center at 7376 S. Wolfsen Rd, Los Banos, 93635.

    February 11, 2017 at 9am – Volunteer Planting CANCELLED; Tule Elk tour offered instead
    The volunteer planting was cancelled due to muddy conditions, but don't let that prevent you from visiting the refuge on the 11th!  Meet at the visitor center and we will travel around the Tule Elk auto tour route, discussing the natural history of these magnificent animals as we go.  This event will last approximately 2 hours.  No sign-up or RSVP is necessary.  Meet in the visitor center at 7376 S. Wolfsen Rd, Los Banos, 93635

    February 18, 2017 at 9am – Presentation and Birding Walk
    Relax for a presentation in the visitor center multi-purpose room about the 100-year-old Migratory Bird Treaty and the role San Luis NWR has played in migratory bird conservation along the Pacific Flyway. Following the presentation, visitors may join refuge staff for a drive along the waterfowl auto tour route and a birding walk along the Sousa Marsh nature trail to see and identify some of the hundreds of migratory birds that depend on the habitats protected by the refuge. This event will last approximately 3 hours. No sign-up or RSVP is necessary. Meet in the visitor center at 7376 S. Wolfsen Rd, Los Banos, 93635.

    February 25, 2017 at 9am – Tule Elk Tour

    Although the San Luis NWR was established for migratory birds, it is perhaps best known for its resident herd of Tule Elk. This unique California mammal was once near extinction and has rebounded in large part due to the establishment of the San Luis herd. Come for a guided driving tour around the elk enclosure to learn all about Tule Elk and hear the fascinating story of how this majestic animal recovered from the brink of extinction. This event will last approximately 2 hours. No sign-up or RSVP is necessary. Meet in the visitor center at 7376 S. Wolfsen Rd, Los Banos, 93635.

  • Upcoming Volunteer Events

    March 11, 2017 at 9am - Volunteer Planting INSIDE the Elk Enclosure
    This planting day will be a continuation of the project from last spring and will take place at a riparian habitat restoration site INSIDE the Tule Elk enclosure on the Refuge. Groups and classes are welcome, but please let us know if you plan to attend with a class or group -- otherwise, no RSVP is necessary for individuals and families. This event will last approximately 3-4 hours. Meet at the visitor center at 7376 S. Wolfsen Rd, Los Banos, 93635. Wear clothing that you won't mind getting dirty.

    March 18, 2017 at 9am – Pollinator Garden Volunteer Planting
    Help us plant a new pollinator garden! The refuge is developing a new pollinator garden outside the visitor center, with hope to (in time) attract pollinator birds and insects. On March 18th come learn about the plants that have been selected and wildlife we hope to attract. This event will last approximately 3-4 hours. No sign-up or RSVP is necessary. Meet at the visitor center at 7376 S. Wolfsen Rd, Los Banos, 93635. This is an outdoor activity digging in the dirt, so please come prepared to get dirty.

  • 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.

Last Updated: Feb 17, 2017
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