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Elk, Ducks, and Wetlands: A Trek to the Merced and San Luis Wildlife Refuge

Snow Geese

Join us for a day to celebrate Tule Elk, migrating waterbirds, and the important wetland resources found in the Central Valley.

Your guides for the day will be Judy Johnson and Judy Haber, experienced birders and nature walk docents. The excursion begins at the Merced Wildlife Refuge, a complex that encompasses wetlands, native grasslands, vernal pools, and riparian areas. During the winter months, thousands of migrating snow geese, sandhill cranes, and many varieties of ducks can be viewed. Bald eagles, Golden eagles, and hawks are often seen observed hunting on the refuge. Next, we'll venture over to the San Luis Wildlife Refuge, where you'll have time to tour the new state of the art visitors center. After lunch, we'll head out to tour the refuge and view the herd of Tule elk that are part of a larger elk recovery program throughout California. We'll plan to return to Fresno by 4:00 pm. 

We will meet at 7:45 am at the Starbucks at Herndon and Milburn. We will carpool and caravan from there. 

To make your trip more comfortable: please dress in layers appropriate for the weather, long pants, closed-toed shoes, a hat and suncreen. Please bring water, a sack lunch and snacks, and your favorite pair of binoculars. Some of the ground we'll be walking on is uneven or rocky, but we go at a slow pace and stop often. 

This walk is free of charge. Donations are greatly appreciated and allow the Trust to continue offering programs and activities for the public to enjoy the river. 


Location : Meet at Starbucks at Herndon and Milburn
Contact : Finn Telles, 559-248-8480 ext. 101 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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