The Bay

Spotlight on San Luis National Wildlife Refuge

January 1, 2013

If you find yourself headed through the Central Valley at this time of the year, a nice pit stop off Highway 5 is the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

Migratory waterfowl enjoy the bounty of thousands of acres of wetlands fed by canals, and the refuge contains the most extensive network of pristine native grasslands, shrubs, and vernal pools that still remain within the Central Valley.

San Luis is also the largest contiguous freshwater wetlands remaining in California. No wonder the birds love it.

Bay Nature photographer Rick Lewis spent some time at San Luis recently, and sent in these pics.

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About the Author

Alison Hawkes was a Bay Nature editor from 2011-2017. Before Bay Nature she worked in journalism for more than a decade as a former newspaper reporter turned radio producer turned web editor with each rendition bringing her closer to her dream of covering environmental issues. She co-founded Way Out West, a site dedicated to covering Bay Area environmental news.

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