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Birding Outing to Merced National Wildlife Refuge

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Date(s) - 01/27/2022
2:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Merced National Wildlife Reserve


Join Central Sierra Audubon Society (CSAS) for an afternoon of birding at the Merced National Wildlife Refuge. The group will meet at 2 p.m. at the first overlook platform which you will find by following the entrance road for a quarter of a mile. We will probably do two circuits of the auto-route, ending at the far side platform for sunset (hoped-for) arrival of the Sand Hill Cranes that will be returning to the refuge for the night. Before the cranes arrive we should see many other species of water fowl along the auto-route—Black-necked Stilts, Northern Shovelers, Canvasbacks, Snow Geese, White-fronted Geese, Killdeer and lots of other duck species. The fly-in by the cranes at sunset is quite a sight! After the sunset fly-in, we invite you to join us for dinner at a Thai restaurant in Merced on the way home. Trip leader is Barry Boulton (209-596-0612 or Upcoming outings will be Friday, Feb. 10 to Salt Springs Valley in Calaveras County and Friday, March 11 to String of Pearls along the Stanislaus River between Knights Ferry and Oakdale. Check the CSAS web site at for details.