Modoc NWR, located just south of the town of Alturas, protects 7000 acres of marsh, wet meadow and grassland/sagebrush habitat along the upper Pit River.

Ornithological Summary

This IBA has consistently supported some of the highest numbers of breeding Sandhill Cranes in California, along with Big Valley/Ash Creek and Surprise Valley (Littlefield 1995, Ivey and Herzinger 2001). Recently, small numbers of Least Bittern have been found summering here, a species otherwise virtually unknown in northeastern California (JS). White-faced Ibis bred in 1989 and not since (GI), although recolonization is conceivable. A large area of rice cultivation just to the south of the refuge along Hwy. 395 (the Lyneta Ranch) has held several thousand migrating shorebirds per day, particularly in spring (Shuford et al., 2002).

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Ownership

Modoc NWR protected 7,000 acres.

Habitat

Modoc NWR, located just south of the town of Alturas, protects 7000 acres of marsh, wet meadow and grassland/sagebrush habitat along the upper Pit River.

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