12. Summer Lake Wildlife Area
Habitat: A Wildlife Area managed by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife encompassing 18,000 acres of open water, marsh, meadow, playa, salt desert shrub, and sagebrush upland habitats. This is one of the best places in Oregon to view nesting and migrant waterbirds, shorebirds, and songbirds. Check at Area Headquarters for birding news, checklists, and maps of the refuge--over 250 species have been observed here! CAUTION: Waterfowl hunting is common in the Wildlife Area from October through January.
Birds: Waterfowl species, numbering in the thousands during spring (March to mid April) and fall (September through November) migration include Trumpeter and Tundra Swans; Canada, White-fronted, Ross', and Snow Geese. Alkali flats, meadows, and ponds throughout the Wildlife Area provide habitat for high concentrations of nesting (June to early August) waterfowl, wading, and shorebird species, including Western Snowy Plover; Sandhill Crane; Long-billed Curlew; Black-crowned Night-heron; Marsh Wren; Great Egret; Cinnamon and Blue-winged Teal; Gadwall, American Avocet; White-faced Ibis; Black-necked Stilt; Willet; Red-winged and Yellow-headed Blackbirds; Wilson
Directions: Travel N on Hwy 31 from the community of Paisley for approximately 25 miles. Turn off at the Wildlife Area, which is located next to the highway on the right. An 8.7 mile gravel auto route is open from February 1 through late September. Passenger vehicles can access headquarters area year-round.