Modoc National Wildlife Refuge, Alturas

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Modoc National Wildlife Refuge is a National Wildlife Refuge of the United States located in northeastern California. It is next to the South Fork of the Pit River in Modoc County, southeast of Alturas.
The area was first claimed by the Dorris Family in 1870 under the first of the federal Homestead Acts. The family developed a livestock ranch and built a reservoir. The first 5,360 acres were purchased from the family in 1960 to establish the refuge. Over the years more territory was purchased from several landowners, and today the refuge covers over 7,000 acres.
The refuge is located about 60 miles outside the Klamath Basin. It is on the western edge of the Great Basin and includes many types of habitat, such as seasonal and semi-permanent wetlands, wet meadows, riparian zones, sagebrush steppe, reservoir, and cropland. It is a staging area and wetland breeding habitat for migratory birds of the Pacific Flyway, such as waterfowl and the sandhill crane. More than 250 species of birds have been recorded on the refuge.
The functions of the refuge include preservation and conservation of habitat and flora and fauna, and recreation and public services such as hunting, fishing, boating, hiking, wildlife observation and photography, and education.
Management activities in the local habitat include grazing and crop cultivation, prescribed burning, and water manipulation. The wetlands are stewarded to provide healthy vegetation for the use of resident and visiting birds.
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  • Saw many different Types of Birds on my Visit on Memorial Weekend. Saw a Duck with a light Blue Beek. You basically drive around in your car about 10 to 15 min drive. Ever in Alturas you need to see!! 
    Saw many different Types of Birds on my Visit on Memorial Weekend. Saw a Duck with a light Blue Beek. You basically drive around in your car about 10 to 15 min drive. Ever in Alturas you need to see!!  more »
  • It was raining and snowing when I visited (an afternoon of day 1 and morning of day 2). The folks at the front desk were helpful. Walking the driving trail is worthwhile if you like the exercise... 
    It was raining and snowing when I visited (an afternoon of day 1 and morning of day 2). The folks at the front desk were helpful. Walking the driving trail is worthwhile if you like the exercise...  more »
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  • Modoc NWR is an incredible place for birding or walks. On a clear day, Mount Shasta is visible! Don't miss it!
  • Always magical out here.... Hawk was our escort the entire loop.

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