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Merced National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 7430 W. Sandy Mush Rd, On State Hwy 59, then 8 miles west on Sandy Mush Road, Merced, CA 93635
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Gorgeous Sunrise with Sandhill Cranes

We arrived at 6:30am in time for the 7:05am sunrise. The sky was bright orange with the rising sun; Spoonies, Pintails, Coots, Snow Geese, Ross Geese, lots of bunnies, Redwing... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 February 2017
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Belmont
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017

We arrived at 6:30am in time for the 7:05am sunrise. The sky was bright orange with the rising sun; Spoonies, Pintails, Coots, Snow Geese, Ross Geese, lots of bunnies, Redwing Blackbirds, Great Egrets, all adding to the beauty of the water reflecting the pink and orange light, with fog in the background. The best part was seeing hundreds of Sandhill... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

Short loop drive and great opportunity for kids to learn nature photography and observe birds and animals.

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Sonoma, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

In the appropriate season and time of day, Merced NWR is full of birds. The driving loops are well done and the refuge headquarters is quite interesting. We plane to return in the spring.

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Thank czych
Atwater, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

I have seen and photographed more birds in Merced than in any place else I have been. I have been to Hawaii, Alaska, Indiana, ND, OH, and FL to name a few. I was informed by a ranger that Merced has the largest migration of birds in the country certain times of the year and I concur. Very peaceful place... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

It was THE BEST sunset. I want to go again and again. Merced's hidden treasure. It's only 8 miles outside of town. You venture down a road that has wide open spaces of rangeland, right when you think you've gone too far you'll reach it. A large sign (see 1st photo) reading Merced Wildlife Refuge is hard to miss and... More 

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Merced, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

If you just to get out of the house on a winter day, this is the perfect place for a run or a walk, and time to talk with whoever you're with. Complete quiet . You are alone. Just go .

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Merced, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

This is a great trip for a nature walk. The center offers tours of the wildlife park. It was fun for a field trip at school as well.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

May I make a correction? The address advertised on S. Wolfsen Road is for the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge, Los Banos. The address for the Merced NWR is 7430 W. Sandy Mush Rd, Merced. That said, the SLNWR has a exhibit hall with interactive exhibits on wildlife & habitats which is so much fun not to mention educational. For... More 

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Cavan, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

Was there on Saturday, had the place all to myself. If you are interested in nature photography, this is fantastic. I photographed kestrels,jays, pigeons Jack rabbits, cows, house sparrows, and stoats. Really enjoyed my visit. It's well laid out and great to get it to myself.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

Now this a nice place to visit at least once. There's a whole lotta birds out there.We've been out there several times the kids and I really enjoy it.

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