California Quail are abundant in most upland habitats within the Upper Klamath
and Tule Lake Basins. Readily attracted to feeding locations and scattered seed.
Also found in Ponderosa/lodgepole pine forest and crop and pasture land.
Common Nighthawks are common during the summer months, it is often observed flying
over open country at dusk and often roosts during the day on tree branches
or in rocky areas. It is also found in crop and pastureland.
Loggerhead Shrikes are commonly observed year round in a variety of fairly open
habitats with scattered trees. Often perched on utility or fence wires. Feeds primarily
on small birds, rodents and insects. Also found in crop and pasture land.
Northern Flickers are probably the most common woodpecker species in the
Upper Klamath and Tule Lake Basins. It is likely to be seen anywhere trees
are present. They also can be seen in Ponderosa/lodgepole pine forest and crop
and pasture land.
Say’s Phoebes are seen during the spring and summer months, Say’s phoebes breed
in open sagebrush locations with nearby rocky outcrops which provide nesting
sites such as rock crevices, ledges or tree cavities.
Townsend’s Solitaires are found primarily in areas where juniper trees are present.
Although seen all year, they are most commonly observed feeding on juniper
berries during the fall and winter months. Also found in Ponderosa/lodgepole forest.
White-crowned Sparrows are observed primarily as a fall and spring migrant
in nearly all upland habitants in the Upper Klamath Basin Watershed. They can
also be seen in Ponderosa/lodgepole pine forest as well as crop and pasture land.
Pronghorn are fairly common in areas of open sagebrush and scattered junipers
in the Upper Klamath and Tule Lake Basins, They are also occasionally seen in
agricultural areas and open pine forested locations.
Weasels are uncommon but widespread small mammals found in a variety of Upper
Klamath Basin watershed habitats near water. They have white fur during the
winter which changes to tan-brown the balance of the year.
Yellow-bellied marmots are found in widely scattered locations throughout
the Upper Klamath Basin watershed, but nearly always in close association
with rocky outcrops, talus slopes or piles of large rocks.
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Riparian Habitat is located along the shoreline of rivers, lakes and wetlands within the Upper Klamath Basin watershed. Vegetation found in riparian habitats includes deciduous trees such as willow, cottonwood and aspen which are found along the shore lines of these water bodies. Many bird species use riparian habitats as travel corridors during the spring and fall migrations. Other birds may use riparian locations as favored sites for nesting and breeding.
Deep water and permanent marshes are found in the Upper Klamath and Tule Lake Basins. Habitat includes Klamath, Williamson, Wood, Sprague, and Lost Rivers; Upper Klamath , Clear and Tule Lakes, many smaller deep wetlands
and permanent marshes. Fish eating species such as grebes,pelicans, gulls, terns and diving ducks use these wetlands. The vegetation growing in these wetlands
(primarily cattail and bulrush stands which are also called “tules”) provide habitat for rails, white-faced ibis, egrets, herons, yellow-headed black birds to name only a few.
Abundant shallow wetlands are found in the Upper Klamath and Tule Lake Basins. These wetlands have historically had water during the winter and spring, but tended to dry out during the summer and fall. Today, most wildlife areas and
refuges manage seasonal wetlands using water control structures to mimic this yearly wet and dry cycle. Wading shorebirds and dabbing ducks are among the diverse wildlife species commonly seen in seasonal marshes and wetlands.
High Elevation habitat are forests above 5,500 feet in the Upper Klamath and Tule Lake Basins consisting primarily of Douglas fir, western red cedar and true firs. These habitats are found mostly in the Cascade and Siskiyou mountains. Popular travel destinations with these habitats include Crater Lake National Park, Medicine Lake, Lake of the Woods and the Pacific Crest Trail. Wildlife species found in mountain meadows, streams and lakes as well as those seen above timberline are included in this habitat grouping.
Ponderosa and Lodgepole Pine habitat are usually found above juniper/sagebrush vegetation and at a lower elevation than Douglas fir and true fir habitats within the Upper Klamath Basin watershed.
Many cavity nesting bird species use the Ponderosa/lodgepole pine
habitat, particularly where past fires have created openings and
dead snags. Several species of woodpeckers, nuthatches and
flycatchers are commonly observed within this habitat.
Cropland and pasture habitat are found mostly at the lower elevations (4,100-4,200) within the central and southern portions of the Upper Klamath Basin watershed. This category includes diverse areas within the Upper Klamath and Tule Lake Basins such as towns, smaller communities, rural residential areas, farms and ranches. The wildlife associated with these habitats have adapted to living close to human development and activities.
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