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Merced National Wildlife Refuge

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Birds, Birds and more Birds

We went here in early November and the Sandhill crane migration had started and we saw hundreds of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
maddywiley
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Kent, Washington
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October is a good month to see lots of birds. The wild life habitat is unique and interesting. The... read more

Reviewed June 18, 2018
annkelleylaw
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Merced, California
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7430 W. Sandy Mush Rd, On State Hwy 59, then 8 miles west on Sandy Mush Road, Merced, CA 93635
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Most Helpful Positive Review
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.

4  Thank Jill T
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Reviewed January 7, 2018

I've been seeing more visitors lately and bad behavior. There are numerous posted signs indicating where not to stray and people flagrantly ignore them. I observed photographers willfully walking into flocks sitting on the banks of a pond, even running at them. It's unbelievable that...More

10  Thank 0garibaldi0
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We went here in early November and the Sandhill crane migration had started and we saw hundreds of these birds, flying, swimming and searching for food. We spent almost two hours going around the 5 mile auto loop as there was so much to see...More

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Reviewed June 18, 2018

October is a good month to see lots of birds. The wild life habitat is unique and interesting. The roads in and out are good.

1  Thank annkelleylaw
Reviewed May 20, 2018

It is a nice Reserve but I need to go when more birds are available. It has a nice drive through the Reserve.

1  Thank Ferd B
Reviewed March 3, 2018

The day that I drove the "auto loop" was overcast and still. Most of the migratory ucks won't tolerate a car within 100 yards, so photographing them was impossible. Many of these same species can be found in urban parks, and are more accessible. There...More

2  Thank Pixseal
Reviewed February 27, 2018

We just spent two days with thousands of wintering birds at this refuge and at San Luis Wildlife Refuge. The self-auto routes make it easy to see plenty of country and lots of birds. In two days, we counted 68 species.

1  Thank VicWarren
Reviewed January 7, 2018

I've been seeing more visitors lately and bad behavior. There are numerous posted signs indicating where not to stray and people flagrantly ignore them. I observed photographers willfully walking into flocks sitting on the banks of a pond, even running at them. It's unbelievable that...More

10  Thank 0garibaldi0
Reviewed December 29, 2017

You enter another world of noisy waterfowl, elegant cranes, and nature at its best. Wonderful that this important resource is funded by the federal government -- our tax dollars at work.

1  Thank Maggie90402
Reviewed October 3, 2017

Just to many mosquito's there, so take plenty of repellent, or you can just drive the trails, but keep you windows up

2  Thank ronaldr264
Reviewed August 6, 2017

this is one area where one can go and enjoy nature at its best. One can take pictures of the beautiful area and its many denizens that reside there

Thank George C
Reviewed May 31, 2017

Lets be real, there is not a ton to do in Merced. I found myself there for a day and was pleasantly surprised by this park. There is a 5 mile look you can drive with three small hikes along the way. Even though the...More

3  Thank just_that_fast
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