Klamath Basin

The Klamath Basin region offers a good number of birding locations. The Area is home to species such as Bald and Golden Eagle, Swainson's, Ferruginous, Red-tailed, and Rough-legged Hawks, Sage Grouse, thousands of geese, Loggerhead and Northern Shrike, Short-eared Owl, Sandhill Crane, and many other mountain, grassland, sage and wetland species. Habitat in the Klamath Basin area varies quite a bit.

Birding Locations:

Butte Valley: This area of grasslands and farmland is known for its good raptor viewing. Bird species such as Bald and Golden Eagle, Swainson's, Ferruginous, and Red-tailed Hawks, Loggerhead and Northern Shrikes, Lazuli Bunting, and Chipping, Lark, Savannah and Brewer's Sparrows, can be viewed in this area.

Directions: Take Hwy 97 south from the Oregon/California border approximately 3 miles to the town of Dorris which borders the national grassland area. Roads such as Sam Neck, Shady Dell and Sheep Mountain can be productive roads that intersect Hwy 97.

Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge: Marshes, open water, grasslands, sagebrush and crop lands are home to many waterfowl species, Bald Eagles, various raptors, White Pelican, White-faced Ibis, Short-eared Owl, Sandhill Crane, and Tricolored Blackbird.

Directions: The refuge is located along the California/Oregon border near the intersection of Hwy 97 and Hwy 161 (Stateline Road).

Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge: Marshlands provide home for large flocks of Snow, Ross's and Greater White-fronted Geese, raptors, Loggerhead and Northern Shrikes, and Juniper/Oak Titmouse.

Directions: The Vistor Center can be reached from hwy 97, or Hwy 39, by travelling east on Stateline Rd (Hwy 161).

Lava Beds National Monument: lava Beds is an area of variety with sagebrush, grasslands, junipers and ponderosa pine forests. Some species to look for in the area include Golden Eagle, Prairie Falcon, California Quail, Northern Pygmy-Owl, Calliope Hummingbird, Purple Martin, Western and Mountain Bluebirds, Green-tailed Towhee, Brewer's Sparrow and Pinyon Jay.

Directions: From Klamath Falls, take Hwy 39/139 southeast approximately 34 miles and turn right on CR 111 for approximately 7 miles and turn right on CR 120 into the monument.

Lava Beds National Monument
Lower Klamath NWR
Rafting on the Klamath River
Tule Lake NWR

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