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"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

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    Sandhill Cranes can often be seen in the wetlands and agricultural fields on and adjacent to the Refuge.

  • Canada Geese

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    Canada geese breed and winter at Modoc NWR, and provide excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing and photography.

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  • Tundra Swans

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    Tundra swans are occasional residents of Modoc NWR, but because of their massive size and bright plumage they can't be missed when they are here!

  • Red-tailed Hawks

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    Though very common throughout the United States, Red-tailed hawks still play a valuable role in the Pit River Valley ecosystem.

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  • Modoc Bird List

    Check out the Modoc NWR bird list, complete with details about the best time to see them!