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Area: 260 Acres
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Kyburz Marsh - Site # 105
Set amid the sagebrush and pine stands so common in the Sierra Nevada range, this small wetland is a rarity. From spring through fall, the 260-acre marsh is a stopover for many migratory species.
SeasonalSeasonal - these sites have high wildlife values during certain seasons, though they may have recreational value year-round.

American Avocet: 640x387

Background: The marsh's bulrushes, sedges, and human-made nesting islands attract nesting mallards, northern pintails, American wigeons, cinnamon teal, and gadwalls. Each spring Canada geese use the elevated nesting structures and sandhill cranes, which are threatened, routinely appear to nest. American avocets, common snipe and two species of rails may be spotted in the shallows. Yellow-headed blackbirds weave nests among the tall bulrushes and sedges. The nearby sagebrush uplands often provide views of mule deer, coyotes, badges, and numerous songbirds. Watch for bat flights in the evening. Bald eagles and ospreys also visit the marsh from spring through fall; they often roost in the snags near the west shore.
Region was occupied by ancestors of Washoe Tribe of Native Americans. Ancient petroglyphs called cupoules thought be more than 2,000 years old -- round pits ground into rocks -- are found at Kyburz Flat. Cupules have been linked with Native American rituals for fertility, weather and special offerings. Please do not make castings or rubbings of these rocks.

The Habitat: Wetland, Riparian, Sagebrush

Viewing Tips: Good viewing opportunities, an unusual location, and low numbers of visitors. Peak viewing is from spring to early summer, though many species are present through the fall. Nesting sandhill cranes are an unusual even for this area. Birds of prey visible year-round. Deer are common in June and July. Wildflower displays from May through June.


Nearby Viewing Sites: Anderson Lake/Indian Valley
Sand Pond
Lake Davis Recreation Area

Visitor Information: Sierra County Chamber of Commerce - 800-200-4949 - http://sierracountychamber.com
Viewing Site Hours of Operation are:
Staff On-site: No
Open: Everday
Year Round: No
Seasonal: Due to snows, there is no winter access to this site. The road is not plowed, but visitors have been known to cross-country ski to the site.

Road Information:   Gravel.  Dirt. 
Road Hazards: 
 Number of Parking Spaces: 10
Parking Fee: No
Proximity to viewing area:400 yards to marsh from Kyburz Flat
 Pull-Through Parking: No
Parking Notes: One parking space near meadow, but near Kyburz Flat.

Special Tips: If there's been a less than average snow and rainfall, the marsh may be dry and fewer birds.

The Kyburz Flat Interpretive Area has three historic areas within this driving and walking tour. Interpretive and directional signs at each stop provide information on a Native American petroglyph type known as cupules, a boardwalk that meanders through the site of an early stage route on Henness Pass road and a picnic area and reconstructed brick oven from the days of the Wheeler Sheep Camp. The entire tour should take less than an hour.

How to Get There: From Sierraville, drive 10 miles south on Highway 89. turn east on S450 (Henness Pass Road), a gravel road, and drive 2 miles to parking and interpretive sign. Walk 400 yards to the marsh.

Contact Information
Managing Agency: USDA Forest Service, Tahoe National Forest
Agency Site URL: www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/tahoe/recarea/?recid=80765
Physical Address:631 Coyote Street
Nevada City, CA 95959
Agency 2:317 South Lincoln Street
Sierraville, CA 96126
Manager Phone:(530) 265-4531 - Tahoe office
Site Phone:(916) 994-3401 - Sierraville Ranger
County: Sierra
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