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Thread subject: 2 Nat. Wildlife Refuges
Name Date Message
Nancy L 03/10/10 10:49 am Just back from California (visiting grandkids) where we visited 2 refuges. One was the Blue Ridge NWR just south of Sequoia Nat. Park. It is not open to the public at this time & is cooperatively owned by 3 private & 4 public owners. It is the main habitat for the California Condor. Well, we drove up the mountain & through (near) the area, but never did see a Condor.
The other was the Kern NWR, located just E of Interstate 5 near Delano (N of Bakersfield). It is located on the west coast flyway & mainly waterways & marshes. Lots of ducks & shorebirds. Since I'm not an expert, I can only tell you that the most prominent duck had a white bill, black head, & dark grey body. Marie??
martyc35 03/10/10 12:15 pm Coots, I'd guess. They are the most populous in warmer parts of CA. We don't see them much up here in Humboldt County, although they are around. I used to see them all the time in Sonoma County, both at inland lakes and at the shore.

Too bad you weren't able to get further up the flyway, around Merced, where the Sandhill Cranes fly in and hang out from around December to March. Glad you got out here for a look, though. It must have seemed quite different from LI.
marty
Nancy L 03/11/10 10:26 am We have been in NWP in the mid-west, which are entirely different & covered in grasshoppers!!

The 'ranger' at the preserve did tell us about Merced/cranes & a few other places if/when we go out there again, Marty.

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