Jan 13, 2013

Spotlight on San Luis National Wildlife Refuge Complex

BayNature.com just posted a beautiful gallery of migration season at San Luis National Wildlife Refuge in California, and the Merced Sun-Star recently published a wonderful editorial by Brigitte Bowers on the merits of Merced National Wildlife Refuge, which also belongs to the San Luis NWR Complex:

The Merced National Wildlife Refuge, established in 1951 to divert migrating waterfowl from decimating crops on local farms, contains more than 10,000 acres of wetlands, vernal pools, riparian habitat and pastures…

It is a fascinating place, an international airport and hostel for birds, and every kid in Merced should experience it…

The Merced Refuge is a testament to what can be gained from liaisons between agriculture and government, but it is also a cautionary tale about what we will lose if we’re not vigilant. To me, it’s also a snapshot of what has already perished…

It is reassuring to know that there exists only a few miles from my home a world far away in spirit from freeways and florescent lights.

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