17. Klamath Marsh
Habitat: Managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, this 40,000-acre natural marsh, surrounding wet meadows, and forested habitat is the summer home for scores of marsh, shorebird, waterfowl, and forest species.
Birds: Listen for elusive marsh birds, including Sora; Yellow and Virginia Rails; Black-crowned Night-heron; Marsh Wren; Common Yellowthroat; Black Tern; and Redheaded Blackbird. Use binoculars and spotting scope to view open water species, including American White Pelican; Bufflehead; Cinnamon and Green-winged Teal; Northern Shoveler; Ring-necked Duck; Lesser Scaup; Common Merganser; Canvasback; Redhead; Canada Goose; and Wilson's Phalarope. Species using the wet meadow areas include Sandhill Crane and Long-billed Curlew. Explore the surrounding forested areas for species such as Great Gray Owl; American Bald Eagle; Mountain Chickadee; Mountain Bluebird; Western Tanager; White-headed and Lewis' Woodpeckers; Pygmy Nuthatch; Hermit and Townsend's Warblers; and Black-headed Grosbeak.
Directions: From the community of Silver Lake, travel N for 2 miles on Highway 31, then turn left on Silver Lake Rd for 43 miles, then left for 4 miles on FR 690. Recommended travel by passenger car is early April through early November, the site often receives heavy snow in winter.
Attraction: Klamath Marsh can also be explored by paddle craft on the Refuge's Canoe Trail. This National Wildlife Refuge is also identified as a birding site for both the Klamath Basin Birding Trail and the Cascade Birding Trail. See their brochures for information on additional birding sites in Central and Southern Oregon, and in Northern California.