Betsy Willcuts, July 2002 Bibliography: THE HEART OF OAKLAND, A Walking Guide to Lake Merritt by Leslie Flint, Sponsored by the Camron-Stanford House Preservation Association Lake Merritt has always had a large population of waterfowl. The lake lies on the Pacific Flyway and is a stopping place for migratory birds. In 1870, Lake Merritt was declared a State Game Refuge-the first in the nation. Along the lake there is a bird feeding station; official feedings began in 1915. There is also a geodesic dome designed by Buckminster Fuller which has displays of ducks and geese and a Rotary Natural Science Center.
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