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.
Female 12894 spent 42 days at or near Merced National Wildlife Refuge in the San Joaquin Valley (17 March-27 April), and female 12896 spent 55 days at Merced National Wildlife Refuge (17 March-10 May), both periods corresponding to the local nesting season.
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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