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Lake Merritt, located in Oakland, California, was the first wildlife refuge in the United States -- so designated in 1870.  There are 44 pictures in this collection featuring many of the birds which enjoy the good life at that beautiful place with its temperate Mediterranean climate.  People who live and work around Lake Merritt are very fortunate indeed -- having so much wildlife to enjoy within easy walking distance.

These photos were first published May 30, 2009 by City Birds.

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