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Modoc National Wildlife Refuge - Site # 137
Abundant waterfowl in wide open spaces against the backdrop of the majestic Warner Mountains.
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Background: The rugged Warner Mountains rise dramatically above remote ponds, wet meadows, and sage uplands along the Pit River. Redheads, gadwalls, hundreds of tundra swans, and other waterfowl gather on extensive marshes, shorebirds fan out around ponds. Dense wetland vegetation hides secretive nesting species, including black-crowned night herons and Virginia and sora rails. Sandhill cranes nest on the refuge and can be seen feeding their young. Summer broods of Canada geese, cinnamon teal, and others are mixed amoung American white pelicans, great egrets, and white-faced ibises. Resident mule deer gather near headquarters and along the 2-mile auto tour that encircles Teal Pond. Black-tailed jackrabbits, cottontails, and muskrats are common, as are migratory songbirds.

The Habitat: Deepwater Marshes,Seasonal Marshes, Wet Meadows,
and wetlands make up the habitat of the Refuge.

The Experience: The diversity of the ecological value allows for the many varieties of species.

Wildlife and Where to Find It: Auto, walking trails. Auto tour route has viewing area that is ADA accessible around Wigeon pond.

Viewing Tips: More than 240 bird species, 82 nest here. High probability of seeing waterfowl, shorebirds, and songbirds in spring and fall, including cranes. Good viewing of bald eagles in winter. Excellent birding near headquarters, on auto tour. South of Alturas, look for cranes on east side of Highway 395, pronghorn on west side in spring.

Site Notes: View the wide open spaces and experience the beauty of the backdrop of the majestic Warner Mountains. Wildlife is abundant throughout the year, with a variety of species.

Nearby Viewing Sites: None

Festivals & Events: Wings of the Warner's Festival
Children's Fair, Modoc District Fair

Visitor Information: Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association - (530) 365-7500 - http://www.shastacascade.com/home
Viewing Site Hours of Operation are:
Staff On-site: Yes
Open: Everday
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
Year Round: Yes

Road Information:   Paved.  Gravel.  Dirt. 
Road Hazards: Roads closed in hazards conditions.
 Number of Parking Spaces: 10
Parking Fee: Yes
Proximity to viewing area:.5
 Pull-Through Parking: Yes
Parking Notes: Auto tour route has pull outs for viewing, and parking area for viewing near by ponds.

How to Get There: From Highway 395 (Main Street) at south end of Alturas, turn east on County Road 56. Go 0.5 mile, turn right on County Road 115. Go 1 mile, turn left onto entrance road to headquarters.

Contact Information
Managing Agency: US Fish & Wildlife Service
Agency Site URL: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/modoc
Physical Address:5364 County Road 115
Alturas, CA 96101
Agency 2:PO Box 1610
Alturas, CA 96101
Manager Phone:530-233-3572 Contact Us:by Email
Site Phone:(916) 233-3572
County: Modoc
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