When I was a kid living on the ranch, the cattle business wasn't at its peak. In order to make extra money, my dad worked at the Merced Game Refuge outside of town. I've never been there. After viewing some images a friend took at that sight, I decided it was time to take flight and see what it was all about. At the entrance, I found a large map with many brochures describing the birds living in this habitat. Although there are some hiking trails, the main access is an Auto Tour ... a dirt road that you follow for 5 miles through the marsh area. At various intervals there are signs describing the environment and what it takes to keep it ship shape so the wildlife will spend the winter.