Merced National Wildlife Refuge

Merced National Wildlife Refuge

Address:c/o San Luis NWR
PO Box 2176
Los Banos, CA 93635

Phone:209-826-3508
Web: pacific.fws.gov/refuges/field/CA_merced.htm
Established: 1951.
Location:8 miles southwest of Merced.
Facilities:Viewing sites, trails, auto tour route.
Activities:Hunting, hiking, wildlife observation.
Special Features:The refuge hosts up to 15,000 lesser sandhill cranes, the largest populationin the Central Valley. Peak populations occur during November. Up to 100,000 geese (Ross', snow, white-fronted, and cackling Canada) use refuge marsh and croplands from November to March.
Habitats: 7,035 acres of grasslands, agricultural fields, and wetlands.
Access: Open daily from 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset.
Wild life: Wintering waterfowl including pintails, shovelers, green-winged teal, lesser sandhill cranes, and Canada geese.

See other parks in California.
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They used areas near Hanford, southeast of the Mendota Wildlife Area, and then Merced National Wildlife Refuge (Fig.
The San Luis National Wildlife Refuge Complex -- composed of the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge, Merced National Wildlife Refuge, San Joaquin River National Wildlife Refuge and the Grasslands Wildlife Management Area -- consists of nearly 45,000 acres of wetlands, grasslands and riparian habitats, as well as over 90,000 acres of conservation easements on private lands for the protection and benefit of wildlife.
In California, an 11 million gallon (42 million liter) spill of liquid waste from a large poultry farm damaged a wetland vernal pool system in the Arena Plains Unit of Merced National Wildlife Refuge, killing endangered vernal pool fairy shrimp (Branchinecta lynchi) and vernal pool tadpole shrimp (Lepidurus pochardi).

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