Birds everywhere you look!

Aleution cackling geese on Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge fly off to feed in fields nearby. Check out our photo gallery of other iconic birds that frrequent wildlife refuges in California, Nevada and the Klamath Basin. Credit: Rick Kimble/USFWS [Click on the image above to begin slide show.]

Run out of ideas for late winter weekend activities? Well look no further than your local National Wildlife Refuges

Compiled by Rebecca Fabbri and Susan Sawyer
January 11, 2018

National Wildlife Refuges across the Pacific Southwest Region offer endless opportunities for an immersive birding experience.

Along with being some of the most popular hotspots for a rich array of bird species, some refuges even offer accessible viewing facilities and automobile tour routes to take your wildlife viewing to a whole new level. Enjoy this collection of some of the most iconic birds on our refuges with commentary from our refuge staff explaining why these birds are so unique. We hope to inspire you.

And after you've viewed this photo gallery, check out all the refuges in our region here and plan your visit.

Please keep in mind that some bird species are migratory and their locations are dependent upon the season. Plan ahead and contact the refuge before your visit to make sure the bird species you seek are around that time of year. Post your observations on the national eBird site.

Launched in 2002 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, eBird provides rich data on bird sightings. Many national wildlife refuges now have an eBird Trail Tracker kiosk where visitors can check and learn about birds that are currently occupying the area, as well as add their own sightings.