Merced National Wildlife Refuge, Merced

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  • 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...  more »
  • 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.  more »
  • Just to many mosquito's there, so take plenty of repellent, or you can just drive the trails, but keep you windows up  more »
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  • A truly unique and amazing park to visit. More important, there are no fees to visit this park. Bring a North American Bird Guide because there are an incredible number if birds here, plus definitely bring binoculars and cameras
  • We spent a wonderful day at the reserve birdwatching and enjoying the scenery. Driving around the perimeter was the perfect way to see everything. We'll be back!
  • Nice place to birdwatch. You mostly need to drive around the loop, but there are a few places where you can get out and walk around.
  • The cranes and geese are back. Head out before sunset for a real treat in one of the state's great wildlife refuges.
  • This is a wetlands area that is visited by many birds during migration, and a few stay year round. It is a 5 mile drive-around with places to get out aling the way. Not too many birds there last week (1st of November) but usually a wonderful place to see all kinds. Not uncommon to see, besides many duck species, ibis, sandhill cranes and hundreds of snow geese during their migration. Kildeer, black neck stilts, egrets, herons and many other wading birds. Have also seen many raptors, including a bald eagle. An added bonus - there are restrooms and they are kept clean and supplied.

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