Important Hunt Program Update
Drought conditions worsen. Changes likely for the 2014 waterfowl hunt program. See Opening Weekend page for more information.
More Hunting Information
Have a look at our hunting page for updated hunt information, hunt results, and information about special hunts.
Refuge Photo Gallery
Enjoy a variety of pictures taken at Modoc National Wildlife Refuge!
Modoc NWR Photo Gallery
Habitat Project Work
Have a look at some of the recent and ongoing Modoc NWR habitat improvement projects.
Cranes of Modoc
Modoc provides extraordinary habitat for Sandhill Cranes.
Partners for Fish and Wildlife
The Partners for Fish and Wildlife (PFW) program was established by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1987, as a way to look past the boundaries of Federal lands and to work cooperatively with private landowners. The PFW program offers a method for landowners to receive cost sharing and technical assistance when restoring natural habitat without signing a long term commitment. The program operates on a voluntary basis and focuses on restoring habitat that targets species of interest to the landowner and federal trust species. Local projects may range from wetland restorations, to stream bank stabilization, fish passage improvements, forest improvements, juniper removal and upland or rangeland improvements. The success of this program depends largely on the one-on-one relationships developed between the landowner and the Partners Biologist. Here at Modoc National Wildlife Refuge we strive to offer our landowners the best possible habitat restorations and pride ourselves on cooperating with our landowners to ensure that their needs are met along with the needs of the habitat. Partners for Fish and Wildlife
Visit the Refuge
Take advantage of the recreational opportunities provided by the Refuge system.Come visit us at Modoc!
About the NWRS
The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
Learn more about the NWRS
The Modoc NWR YCC crew came through again this year by completing a long list of projects for the Refuge. The crew began there summer helping the weed program by digging up Mediterranean sage and Scotch thistle throughout the Refuge. As the summer progressed they transitioned into maintenance and construction projects like building a new viewing blind in the House field, fixing existing fences, and constructing new nest boxes. YCC members were a huge help to the biological program as they captured young Crane colts for marking and assisted with goose and duck banding. In return, the biological program gave four presentations to the crew as an environmental education facet of the program. Near the end of the summer YCC members packed up and headed to Blue Lake for a change of scenery and week long trail maintenance project. Learn more about becoming a YCC crew member
In coordination with California Waterfowl Association and local contractors, the Refuge has completed a large project converting the “North Grain Field” into floodplain along the Pit River. The new floodplain area adds to the previous 120 acres to create 200 contiguous acres of floodplain wetlands, which provide valuable resources to a variety of nesting and migrating birds. The project created a new channel for the river, which now meanders through the previous “North Grain Field”, emulating historic conditions of the Rit river. Tule’s were transplanted from the existing floodplain and moist soil plants were seeded into the new floodplain to promote a quick transition to a diverse wetland complex. The Refuge and it’s partners in the project are excited to see the results after all the hard work. We encourage hunters to have a look at the project. Floodplain Improvement
In 2012 Modoc NWR staff surveyed Refuge lands for 10 invasive weed species and created a geospatial database. This database will be a valuable tool to combat these nuisance species that threaten the integrity of Modoc habitat.Invasive Weed Mapping
More than 50 years of consistent irrigation of the Sharkey field at Modoc NWR had eroded ditches and created a very inefficient, and sometimes ineffective, irrigation regime. In 2012 this issue was confronted in cooperation with California Waterfowl Association and a local contracting crew. Sheet piling and rock dams were installed in more than 20 of the eroded ditches to hold up and disperse water at higher elevations. Also, many of the eroded ditches were filled with material to decrease the amount of water needed to irrigate the field. The project was a huge success, and this technique will continue to be used in the future to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of irrigation in other wet meadows.Wet Meadow Irrigation Improvement
Modoc is a Hoot!
Great horned owls are a year round resident of Modoc NWR, and can often be seen perched in cottonwoods or enjoying the shade under large sage brush.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Oct 21, 2013