Merced National Wildlife Reserve

Merced NWR | Photo by Mark Grzan

Date: January 27, 2018 | Time: 6:00AM to 10:30AM

When the refuge’s ponds and marshes are near capacity, flocks of migrating birds fill the area. The Merced NWR hosts the largest wintering concentration of Lesser Sandhill Cranes in the Pacific Flyway with as many as 20,000 cranes using the Refuge. The refuge provides an auto trail that travels across accessible levees. You can stop along the route and photograph many varieties of migrating birds. This is a great place for those with long telephoto lenses. The birds have become accustomed to cars and photographers. Imaging is spectacular as are the peculiar behaviors, habits, and sounds. We will be leaving Morgan Hill early (5AM) to catch the sunrise (7:10AM) when there is the possibility of Tule fog and other weather phenomena.

Carpools are available and will depart from the Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center, 17000 Monterey Street at 5:00 AM, returning by noon. To signup, request to be a carpool driver or passenger, or need additional information, please contact Mark Grzan – include your cell phone number.  You may want to bring snacks, water and other nourishment since we will not be stopping for breakfast.

After the shootout club members can upload their images to the club’s Shootout flickr® group pool. Title your images “MERCED NWR” and tag or keyword them with the date “27JAN18“. If you are a club member but not a member of flickr® learn how to join here.

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