Wildlife & Habitat

Deer 512

Bear Valley Refuge was established in 1978 to protect a vital night roost site for wintering bald eagles.

  • Eagles

    Bald Eagle 150

    After consuming their fill of waterfowl, most eagles will leave the valley bottoms by late afternoon and head to sheltering night roosts. These roosts are invariably timbered with large, open-crowned conifers, providing easy landings and takeoffs. Located on northeast facing slopes, night roosts protect the eagles from prevailing winter winds.

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  • Fire Management


    Conceived in the late 1980s, the separate function of fire management evolved from simple firefighting and marsh burning into its own division in the early 1990s. Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex (NWRC), headquartered in Tulelake, CA, is also the year-round headquarters of the Klamath Basin Fire Management Zone (FMZ). Our zone provides fire management services for Bear Valley, Clear Lake, Humboldt Bay, Klamath Marsh, Lower Klamath, Modoc, Tule Lake and Upper Klamath National Wildlife Refuges, located in northern California and southern Oregon.


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