Annual Bald Eagle Trip

Photos by Dave Chandler and Brian Woodbridge

Each winter, Mount Shasta Area Audubon and the River Exchange host an all-day field trip to Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge, led by local birders. The field trip consists of an all-day driving tour to view bald eagles and a host of others species, including golden eagles, northern harriers, red-tailed and rough-legged hawks, tundra swans, snow geese, Ross geese, gadwalls, northern pintails, owls, coyotes, pronghorns and many others. Registration and an outing fee are required.

The Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge is renowned for its wide diversity and abundance of bird life due to its diverse habitats including marshes, open water, coniferous forest, juniper woodlands, oak-chaparral, sagebrush-grasslands, grassy meadow and rocky cliffs. From December through February, the Klamath Basin hosts the largest concentration of bald eagles in the contiguous United States. Some years, more than 1,000 of these majestic birds winter there. During February and March, a multitude of other raptors and waterfowl use the basin as a staging area for migration.

Information about the Mt. Shasta Area Audubon can be found at www.mtshastaaudubon.com. For more information about the Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge, visit www.fws.gov/klamathbasinrefuges/ or call (530) 667-2231.