"I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment, while I was hoeing in
a village garden, and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance
that I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn."
-Henry David Thoreau
Sandhill Cranes can often be seen in the wetlands and agricultural fields on and adjacent to the Refuge.
Canada geese breed and winter at Modoc NWR, and provide excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing and photography.
Check out the Modoc NWR bird list, complete with details about the best time to see them!
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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.