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Merced National Wildlife Refuge

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Well worth a visit

We enjoyed the drive around this refuge, there were literally thousands of birds to see in addition... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Merced National Wildlife visit review

This is a great place for photographing and viewing different types of Wildlife and many species of... read more

Reviewed February 15, 2019
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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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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed the drive around this refuge, there were literally thousands of birds to see in addition to the small ground squirrels

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank MauriceW433
Reviewed February 15, 2019 via mobile

This is a great place for photographing and viewing different types of Wildlife and many species of birds.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank sigmonw957
Reviewed January 29, 2019 via mobile

During late fall, winter, and early spring this refuge is home to thousands of birds. A good time to visit is about an hour before sundown. You will hear a multitude of bird languages! 😉

Date of experience: January 2019
2  Thank Cali4niahiker
Reviewed November 9, 2018

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

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank maddywiley
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.

Date of experience: October 2017
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.

Date of experience: May 2018
2  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

Date of experience: January 2018
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.

Date of experience: February 2018
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

Date of experience: December 2017
12  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.

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank Margaret B
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