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Merced National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 7376 S. Wolfsen Road, On State Hwy 59, then 8 miles west on Sandy Mush Road, Merced, CA 93635
Phone Number: 209/826-3508
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Worth the Time for Bird Lovers

The time of year when one visits makes a big difference in the experience. In the winter, hundreds of snow geese make this refuge their home. They are gorgeous. Many other... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 3, 2015
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Merced, California
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Merced, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

The time of year when one visits makes a big difference in the experience. In the winter, hundreds of snow geese make this refuge their home. They are gorgeous. Many other types of water birds live here year-round, but winter months are the best for seeing the most diverse bird populations. Unfortunately, there are no trails to hike around on.... More 

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Atascadero, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Anytime it says national anything I have to check it out. The Merced National Wildlife Refuge is wonderful. It has a five mile loop you can drive. several walking trails, a couple observation decks, and a photographic blind. I saw lots of rabbits squirrels Hawks and more birds and I can name. Sitting in the forest as you come in... More 

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Roseville, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This was a nice diversion from road travel for one day. You can spend a few hours and support animal protection by visiting here.

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Winters, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

A fantastic surprise if you enjoy seeing some more of CA off the beaten path - although not peak season and many of the ponds were dry, the flowers were abundant and fragrant driving around the one-way loop. Lots of different shore birds, tricolored blackbirds, some raptors, and heaps of ground squirrels darting around. Definitely making the return trip in... More 

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Framlingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 via mobile

Went here in August, so it was hot and dry but even then the birding was good. The time if year probably also explains why we saw no-one else at all. I'd wondered how the driving route could really get you close to the birds, but it has been well thought out. Picked up some good birds like White Pelican,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015 via mobile

There is a five mile one way loop that goes through the area. We only saw 1 other vehicle the whole way and saw all kinds of birds. I believe it was the sand hill cranes (100's) jumping and hooting with their strange call, many geese and sand pipers and other shore birds. What a nice break from the highway... More 

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Alameda, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

This place is absolutely lovely. This visit we saw great horned owls, sand hill cranes, ibis, many kinds of geese, ring-necked pheasants, jack rabbits, and an abundance of hawks. I hear there are bald eagles around, but we didn't see any of those.

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San Clemente, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Not much to do in Merced on a Sunday so we drove out to the Refuge. What a wonderful place - if you like birds and quiet moments.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 via mobile

We drove the loop and saw thousands upon thousands of beautiful birds of all different types. The seemingly endless snow geese were incredible. We spotted many sandhill cranes, egrets, herons, ducks of all kinds, and many, many raptors. I highly recommend visiting this beautiful place.

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June Lake, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

A great place to enjoy a piece of California's Central Valley among a variety of Ducks and other fowl who have been provided this lovely refuge surrounded by farmland. Highly recommended, stop by, watch some birds, and visit with the staff.

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Address: Address: 7376 S. Wolfsen Road, On State Hwy 59, then 8 miles west on Sandy Mush Road, Merced, CA 93635
Phone Number: 209/826-3508
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Merced

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