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Henski Wildlife Viewing Area - Site # 89
Ponderosa pines conceal this seasonal wetland just 100 yards from Highway 139.
SeasonalSeasonal - these sites have high wildlife values during certain seasons, though they may have recreational value year-round.

Background: The shore weaves among towering pines populated by red crossbills, northern flickers, and hairy woodpeckers. Tree swallows and western bluebirds nest in snags close to the water. Sandhill cranes use the nesting islands with Canada geese, mallards, and cinnamon teal. Spotted sandpipers, killdeer, and willets are usually visible near shore. Yellowlegs, American avocets, and black-necked stilts arrive during early spring and late summer. Listen for calling sora rails. Watch for black terns and Forster's terns. Look for bald eagles and ospreys; an osprey pair regularly nests on the wooden platform located south of the marsh.

The Habitat: The wetlands are bordered by tall stands of ponderosa pines. Nesting islands dot the marsh in the spring. By fall much of the water has dried up, leaving waving fields of grass. Snags along the border of the marsh host cavity nesters. Ospreys often occupy a nesting platform in a tree south of the reservoir. Evidence of prehistoric occupation can be observed. Please enjoy what you find and leave it for others.

Viewing is excellent from early spring through summer. Flickers, hairy woodpeckers, and red crossbills can be found in the pine forest. Swallows and bluebirds make their homes in the snags. Canada geese, mallards, and cinnamon teal share nest islands with towering sandhill cranes. Yellowlegs, American avocets, and black-necked stilts wade in the shallows. Black terns and Forster's terns fly overhead. The resident osprey pair shares their hunting ground with bald eagles. Water draws many species of mammals, reptiles, and amphibians.

The Experience: Henski is a part of the 375 acre Spaulding Wetlands, which offers a variety of wildlife viewing opportunities. Located a few hundred feet south of the highway, the site is easily accessed by a dirt road. Families and groups of school children have enjoyed the peaceful surroundings.

Wildlife and Where to Find It: The habitat surrounding Henski Reservoir is pine forest with sage openings. During the migration, thousands of ducks and geese pass through the Modoc Plateau; Henski provides an easy access to see many of them.

Viewing Tips: Excellent viewing early spring through summer. Bring spotting scope or binoculars

Nearby Viewing Sites: Kelly Reservoir
Modoc National Wildlife Refuge

Visitor Information: Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association - (530) 365-7500 - http://www.shastacascade.com
Viewing Site Hours of Operation are:
Staff On-site: No
Open: Everday
Hours: Dawn to dusk
Year Round: Yes

Road Information:   Paved.  Dirt. 
Road Hazards: AVOID DRIVING ON DIRT ROAD TO PARKING AREA IN WET WEATHER. Once you leave the paved road, recreationists may have to walk to reach the site during periods of wet road
 Number of Parking Spaces: 0
Parking Fee: No
Proximity to viewing area:
 Pull-Through Parking: No
Parking Notes: Although there is parking by the gate, there are no designated parking spaces.

How to Get There: From Canby, take Highway 139 north 15.5 miles. Turn left (south) onto a dirt road located 1 mile south of Bieber/Lookout Road (County Road 91). Park at gate.

Contact Information
Managing Agency: USDA Forest Service/Modoc
Agency Site URL: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/modoc/about-forest/offices
Physical Address:225 West 8th Street
Alturas, CA 96101
Agency 2:800 West 12th Street
Alturas, CA 96101
Manager Phone:
Site Phone:(530) 233-5811
County: Modoc
Addition Website:  http://www.basinrangebirdingtrail.com/map.php?c=modoc&id=16