This recently discovered birding area is just southeast of Mt. Shasta, only about 20 minutes off I-5. Situated at just 3,200 feet elevation, it nonetheless supports a representative Cascade bird community that is extremely rich in breeding species diversity. The extensive boggy riparian habitat of 800-acre Bigelow Meadow across the river from the Fowlers campground supports large thickets of willows. This area is largely public land (USFS) with some private in-holdings.

Ornithological Summary

This IBA is notable for a large population of breeding Willow Flycatchers, with 72 birds found in 1997 (California Partners in Flight 2001) that may represent about of the state's nesting population of the brewsteri (Sierra-Cascades breeding) race. Strong populations of other riparian and wet meadow species include Calliope Hummingbird, Swainson's Thrush and American Dipper are also found here (J. Mariani, via email).

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Ownership

This area is largely public land (Shasta-Trinity National Forest) with some private inholdings.

Habitat

The extensive boggy riparian habitat of 800-acre Bigelow Meadow across the river from the Fowlers campground supports large thickets of willows.

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