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Merced National Wildlife Refuge
MERCED NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
MERCED NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
Merced County, California

Phone: 209-826-3508
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Merced National Wildlife Refuge
'Killdeer'
© J Zoboli 2010

Killdeer in the Marsh

Merced National Wildlife Refuge
© Cait Hutnik, LightofMorn.com

Merced National Wildlife Refuge
© Cait Hutnik, LightofMorn.com

Merced National Wildlife Refuge
© Cait Hutnik, LightofMorn.com

Merced National Wildlife Refuge
© Cait Hutnik, LightofMorn.com

Merced National Wildlife Refuge
© Cait Hutnik, LightofMorn.com

Merced Refuge, located in California's northern San Joaquin Valley, is critically important to wintering waterfowl, and attracts large concentrations of ducks, geese, and lesser sandhill cranes.

Over 2,000 acres of seasonal and semi-permanent wetlands are extensively managed to produce natural waterfowl food plants such as wild millet and swamp timothy. Thousands of ducks (primarily pintails), green-winged teal, and an impressive variety of shorebirds and wading birds, use the wetland habitat.

The refuge hosts up to 15,000 lesser sandhill cranes, the largest population in the Central Valley. Peak populations occur during November. A mixture of up to 100,000 geese (Ross', snow, white-fronted, and cackling Canada geese) use refuge marsh and croplands during November to March.
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September 17 Looks like the place to be this winter by Ork
Although water was just now being pumped in I enjoyed the auto tour and did see several cormorants.
January 3 Birders paradise by jrsachs
We had a wonderful visit. Thousands of Ross geese were feeding there that day along with a great variety of shore birds. Quite a few hawks as well.
November 7 Sandhill Cranes Festival by J. R. Adventures
Bus tour of the area with an excellent guide, Jack Sparks. We would like to request more viewing platforms. Permanent scopes could be stronger.


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Merced Refuge can be reached by driving 8 miles south of Merced on State Highway 59 and then 8 miles west on Sandy Mush Road.
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