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 – 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 February 11th come learn about the plants that have been selected and the types of wildlife we hope to attract. 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. This is an outdoor activity digging in the dirt, so please come prepared to get dirty.
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.