I have been driving to the NWR for nearly twenty years now. I'm a photographer and love to go there for wildlife photographs. The best time to visit this 5 mile drive is from October through April. This is the winter feeding grounds for the Sand Hill Cranes, the Ross's and Snow geese and many, many other species. Some years there will be an abundance of Black-crowned Night Herons, Great Blue Herons, Egrets, both Snowy and Great together with some Cattle Egrets in the fields. I've seen so many species and photographed many of them, I couldn't list them all here. Many varieties of ducks and other water fowl. It's an amazing place to visit. Don't go there in the summertime...far too many mosquitos and they'll fly into your car windows and you'll take them home with you...YIKES! I highly recommend driving around several times, as you'll see difference things each time. I spotted my first Burrowing Owl there and there are a resident pair of Great Horned Owl. So much to see...keep your eyes open for lots of species of animals, as well. Love this place. It's only twenty minutes from downtown Merced, so go see nature at its best.
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