At one time, people thought wetlands were useless and most of the original Tule Lake basin was drained for development. They soon found that Wetlands benefit nearly everyone including all the animals within the refuge. Some of the common animals that are found on Tule Lake wetland areas are beavers, raccoons, muskrats and river otters. But mammals are not the only ones who benefit from wetlands, birds such as bald eagles, ospreys, hawks, kingfishers and waterfowl also benefit from the wetlands.
For an area to be considered a wetland it must have 3 things, water, wetland plants and wetland soils. The dense cover provides a perfect nesting and the tubers and seeds growing within the wetland provide and excellent food source for many.
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In spring songbird season, birders like to spot the colorful Western tanager in and around Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex.