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Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge

The close proximity of five national wildlife refuges in the Klamath Basin in south-central Oregon and north-central California creates one of the premier waterfowl migration stopovers and Bald Eagle wintering areas in the country. Of the five, the 53,600-acre Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge, which extends into California, is by far the best designed for visitor access.

Highway 161 (Stateline Road) runs east to west through the refuge, traversing a mixture of marshes, alkaline ponds, sage, and grassland -- breeding milieu for avocets and stilts, teals, American Bitterns, curlews, American White Pelicans, and Wilsonís Phalaropes in spring and early summer. In winter, look for lots of Tundra Swans and other waterfowl. Those who visit in the winter can also watch the sunrise flyout of scores of Bald Eagles as they leave from their night roost in the more westerly Bear Valley National Wildlife Refuge, just south of the town of Worden. Ask the refuge staff for specific directions.

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