On Saturday, February 18, Mount Shasta Area Audubon and The River Exchange will host an all-day field trip to the Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge, led by local birders. The driving tour will start at 9 am, and end at 4 pm. Registration and a $10 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.
The field trip will take you on an all-day driving tour to view a host of other species, including possible sightings of Golden Eagles, Northern Harriers, Red-tailed Hawks, Rough-legged Hawks, Tundra Swans, Snow Geese, Ross’s Geese, Gadwalls, Northern Pintails, Owls, Coyotes, Pronghorn Antelopes and many others. The driving tour will be enhanced with the use of walkie-talkies supplied to each car in the caravan, so that the knowledge of the tour guides can be shared with everyone throughout the day. Carpooling is strongly encouraged to maximize the experience for everyone.
Attendees will meet at Highway 97 & A-12 (about 12 miles north of Weed) at 9 am, and will then carpool to multiple tour destinations. Attendees should be prepared with weather-appropriate clothing layers, walking shoes, lunch, water, binoculars and walkie-talkies (if you have them). $10 donation per person in private vehicles is requested. Two passenger vans will be available for those who wish to leave their car behind, for 35$ per seat. Field trip leaders will be in the vans. These coveted van seats fill up fast; attendees are encouraged to reserve their space well in advance.
For more information or to register, email The River Exchange at email@example.com or call (530) 235-2013.