5. Hart Bar
Habitat: The Warner Wetlands Area of Critical Environmental Concern, located at the base of Hart Mountain, is over 50,000 acres of pothole lakes, wet meadows, sand dunes and marsh habitat managed by the Lakeview District BLM. Much of the area can be explored by gravel and dirt roads, making a good map of the area very useful.
Birds: This Lakeview District BLM day use site has a .25 mile trail to a wildlife viewing blind. This is the south end of the Warner Wetland Area of Critical Environmental Concern. Warner Wetlands water levels fluctuate dramatically from year to year, directly affecting the quality of birding. In wet water years the pothole lakes, meadows, and marshes are filled with water and thousands of migrating water fowl in spring and fall. The alkali-ringed lakes in the north end of the area are great for nesting shorebird species including Black-necked Stilt; American Avocet; and Wilson's Phalarope.
Directions: From the community of Plush, travel N 0.8 miles, then E on CR 3-12 for 4 miles. The Interpretive Site is accessible to passenger vehicles year-round, although many of the gravel and dirt roads throughout the wetlands area are not accessible from November to mid-May.
Nearby Attraction: On the way to Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge (site #6), stop at the Warner Valley Overlook for a stunning birds-eye view of the Warner Wetlands.