This is a photo blog I have set up to share with you my adventures and some of my photos from a project I have assigned myself to photograph in the Wildlife Refuges of the Klamath Basin once a month for at least a year. I’m excited about this project and I hope you will come along with me on this journey. The header image at the top of the page was taken by me on my first visit to the refuges. This one was shot at Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge and captures the beauty of Mt. Shasta in the background as some Snow Geese fly by. Read more about the project and my intentions on the About page.
I’ll be reporting on what I found on my first trip in the next post but first I wanted to say a bit about the refuges. The Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex consists of six wildlife refuges in Southern Oregon and Northern California. Of the six, the most user friendly are Lower Klamath and Tule Lake, each of which have well developed auto tour routes. These two are located just on the state border and only about 10 miles apart between highways 97 and 139. There is a visitor center at the Tule Lake NWR where you can pick up maps and brochures.
The northern most refuge, Klamath Marsh refuge, about halfway between Chiloquin and Chemault on highway 97, has some limited access via public and Forest Service roads. Upper Klamath refuge on the northwest end of Upper Klamath Lake is primarily accessible by canoe, though there are a few places to look into the marshlands in the Rocky Point area. Bear Valley and Clear Lake are closed to the public but provide habitat for species that visit some of the more accessible refuges. In addition, the Klamath Wildlife Area, off highway 97 south of Klamath Falls is managed by the State of Oregon and, of course, birds can be found outside the managed areas throughout the Basin including in the city parks of Klamath Falls itself.
I’ll add more on the individual refuges as I go along, maybe inserting some extra blog posts in between my trip reports. I may also do some posts on individual species as I go along.