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Merced NWR with Matthew Dodder

Saturday, December 10, 2022

08:00 AM - 01:00 PM

Merced NWR with Matthew Dodder

37.182496, -120.620241

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Merced NWR with Matthew Dodder

$25 for SCVAS members, $35 for neighboring Audubon chapter members, $40 for non-members 

Registration: Sign up early. Spots are limited to 16 (plus leaders)

Note: Cancel by Nov 26 for full refund. Rain cancels, with refund.

Description: Come explore one of the Central Valley’s winter birding jewels. Sandhill Crane, Snow, Ross’s, and Greater White-fronted Geese could number in the thousands, along with many varieties of ducks, shorebirds, and raptors. This is an auto tour around the perimeter of the refuge so it is accessible to all. Bring a lunch and we will eat together at the observation platform halfway around the loop. Scopes recommended.

Trip Difficulty: 1-2 miles, flat trails

Other Trip Notes: COVID protocol: Everyone attending a trip must be fully vaccinated. This trip requires caravaning once on site. The caravan will be limited to 4 cars with 4 people each. Passengers must remain in the vehicle they select at the beginning of the tour and wear face masks while in the car. Birding will be done from the vehicles unless we are in areas where exiting is permitted.

Leaders: Matthew Dodder (650) 868-4922 and ?

Beginner Friendly, Family Friendly Ages 10 and up

Meet: Observation deck next to main parking lot 

Directions: From US-101 in Gilroy, exit 10th St/CA-152 E. Take CA-152 E for about 45 miles passing through the hills, the Central Valley, and Los Banos. After Los Banos, continue on CA-152 E for another 20 miles, then take the exit for CA-59 N. Continue on CA-59 N for 7 miles then turn left (heading west) onto Sandy Mush Rd. Continue on Sandy Mush Rd for another 7 miles to the refuge entrance on the left (south) side of the road. Continue into the park on Tour Rte Loop Rd for 0.3 miles. The parking lot and observation deck are on your right. Latitude/Longitude: 37.182496, -120.620241

Facilities: ADA accessible pit toilets in parking lot and along the auto route

Parking Type and Fees: Gravel parking lots, no fees

Carpooling. If you wish to carpool to Merced NWR, please let the trip leader know. The leader will share the names and contact info with everyone else wanting to carpool so that attendees can make carpooling arrangements directly with each other.

Banner Photo: Sandhill Cranes and White Faced Ibises by Chuq Von Rospach

Questions? Email general questions to or contact the trip leader for questions regarding the event.


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SCVAS Member

$25.00+ $2.59 fee

Neighboring Audubon Chapter Member

$35.00+ $3.09 fee


$40.00+ $3.35 fee

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