Theresa standing next to a cattail-covered marsh

The Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge covers 39,116 acres of open water, marshes and cropland.  It was established in 1928 by President Calvin Coolidge “as a preserve and breeding ground for wild birds and animals.”  In this photo you can see Theresa standing next to a marsh covered in cattails.

  

  

Bird blind

About half of the refuge is leased by farmers under a program administered by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.  This photo shows a covered bird blind where visitors can watch waterfowl without disturbing the birds.

  

  

The air was filled with the sounds of singing birds

The main crops grown in the refuge are small grains, potatoes, onions, sugar beets, and alfalfa.  The grain left after harvest serves an important food source for migrating and wintering waterfowl.

  

  

The water was covered with birds

This refuge is an important stopover for migrating waterfowl in the spring and fall.  Significant species include the American bald eagle, golden eagle, American white pelican, White-faced ibis, geese, Peregrine falcon, black tern, and more.

  

  

Our RV parked below the mountains

We could tell by the desert mountains that we were back in California.

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