Modoc County, located in the far northeastern corner of California, offers abundant marshes, forests, grasslands, lakes and mountains that provide habitat for a wide range of birds and wildlife. The Central Modoc River Center, located at 600 South Main Street in Alturas, offers educational information about the natural resources of the Pit River Watershed. It makes a good first stop for birders arriving in Modoc County. Maps and birding kits are available for checking out from the River Center.
The Modoc National Wildlife Refuge, the first site on the Basin & Range Birding Trail (B&RBT) lies mostly to the south of Alturas and covers thousands of acres of hunting, fishing and bird watching grounds. A visitor center on the refuge offers information about Sandhill Cranes and other birds at the refuge. From there, exploring the high desert and forests provides many diverse bird watching opportunities.
Modoc County's high desert climate makes for warm, dry summers and cold winters--perfect getaway vacation conditions. Importantly, 70 percent of the county is publicly owned forest and wilderness, open to bird watching, camping, fishing, cross country skiing, horseback riding and other outdoor pursuits. The county is easily accessible by state route 299 and 139 as well as US Highway 395. Restaurants, motels and bed & breakfast accommodations welcome visitors from near and far.
Visit the Alturas Chamber of Commerce for information regarding accommodations.
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The Natural Beauty of the Modoc National Wildlife Refuge
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