San Luis Refuge Complex

Merced, California

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The San Luis National Wildlife Refuge Complex consists of San Luis and Merced national wildlife refuges, and Grasslands Ecological Area. In addition, the area contains the Los Banos and Volta wildlife areas (state of California), plus tens of thousands of acres in the surrounding territory managed by Grasslands State Park, Grassland Resource Conservation District, and Grassland Water District. The refuges have thousands of geese, ducks, and Sandhill Cranes in the winter. During the spring, the grassland wetlands support the largest concentration of shorebirds in interior California. Specialty birds: Resident—White-faced Ibis, Wood Duck, Cinnamon Teal, White-tailed Kite, Yellow-billed Magpie, Tricolored Blackbird, Western Meadowlark. Summer—Ash-throated Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Yellow-headed Blackbird. Winter—Greater White-fronted and Ross’s Geese; Sandhill Crane; Long-billed Curlew. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information.
Birding Northern California

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Birding Northern California

by John Kemper (Falcon Guides)

The San Luis National Wildlife Refuge Complex consists of San Luis and Merced national wildlife refuges, and Grasslands Ecological Area. In addition, the area contains the Los Banos and Volta wildlife areas (state of California), plus tens of thousands of acres in the surrounding territory managed by Grasslands State Park, Grassland Resource Conservation District, and Grassland Water District. The refuges have thousands of geese, ducks, and Sandhill Cranes in the winter. During the spring, the grassland wetlands support the largest concentration of shorebirds in interior California. Specialty birds: Resident—White-faced Ibis, Wood Duck, Cinnamon Teal, White-tailed Kite, Yellow-billed Magpie, Tricolored Blackbird, Western Meadowlark. Summer—Ash-throated Flycatcher, Western Kingbird, Yellow-headed Blackbird. Winter—Greater White-fronted and Ross’s Geese; Sandhill Crane; Long-billed Curlew. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information.

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Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Merced
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best November through February for most waterfowl and Sandhill Cranes; January and February for geese.
Local Contacts: San Luis National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
Local Maps: DeLorme Northern California Atlas & Gazetteer.
Driving Directions: Directions to San Luis Refuge Complex

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