Modoc NWR

nearest town: Alturas CA

part of: US Fish and Wildlife

A Wildlife Refuge in the North Sierras region.

Number of visits: 7

GPS: 41.4578,-120.5127

Bathroom: pit • Water: no

A must stop for me if I am in the area.

There is a nice auto tour around a little lake. My impression is that the Sand Cranes are the star attraction here.

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Notes on each visit (posted cost • senior cost):

October 12, 2019 (free!) October 12, 2019 (free!)

I saw no interesting wildlife, but the drive was very pretty at sunset - serene and relaxing and the perfect way to wind down after the drive.

The Campground guy said I missed the Sandhill Crane migration by three days :(

September 28, 2015 (free!) September 28, 2015 (free!)

Greater Sand Cranes! Two couples about 300 yards apart, wading in the shallow water on the eastern leg of the auto loop. They were in the water on the inside of the loop. The other times I've seen Sand Cranes here they were grazing in the fallow field on the outside of the loop.

Not much else interesting - Canada geese, Grebes, Coots, one Shoveler, Grommets?