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Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuges, 4009 Hill Road, Tulelake, CA 96134

February 16, 2006



Due to recent wet weather some of the secondary roads on Lower Klamath and Tule Lake National, Wildlife Refuges will be closed this weekend. Presidentís day weekend normally coincides with the peak number of Bald eagles in the Klamath Basin and these magnificent birds are easily observed on the refuges in significant numbers. This is also the weekend of the Winter Wings Festival celebrated throughout the Klamath Basin with bus tours and field trips scheduled to Bear Valley, Lower Klamath and Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuges. Visit the web site for additional information.

According to Refuge Manager, Ron Cole, "tour routes on both refuges will be open and in good driving condition this weekend." Visitors should be able to get nice views of perched and feeding eagles from the auto tour routes on both refuges. Some of the side roads, particularly on Lower Klamath Refuge may pose a problem for two- wheel drive, low clearance vehicles and have been posted with warning signs as a result. Current estimates of bald eagles in the Klamath Basin suggest that there are 300 or more eagles in widely scattered locations throughout the Upper Klamath Basin. The highest concentration of eagles through the day normally occurs on Lower Klamath Refuge with recent counts of about 120 eagles on the 55,000 acre refuge.

To facilitate eagle viewing on the refuges the normal $ 3.00 per car tour route fee, will be waived this weekend and on Presidentís Day (February 19thKlamath tribes, farmers pledge collaboration, 2006).




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