by D. E. McIvor (Falcon Guides)
As with many of the refuges and wildlife management areas set aside for the enhancement of waterfowl and shorebirds, a large portion of this refuge is off-limits to visitors the majority of the year. A 2.5-mile-long viewing loop is open all year and provides excellent birding. The refuge is located in the low, marshy floodplain of Bear Lake, in the middle of Bear Lake Valley.
Specialty birds: Sandhill Crane. Other key birds: Eared and Western Grebes; Double-crested Cormorant; American Bittern; Snowy Egret; Black-crowned Night-Heron; White-faced Ibis; Tundra (spring and fall) and Trumpeter (spring and fall) Swans; Blue-winged and Cinnamon Teals; Northern Shoveler; Gadwall; Canvasback; Redhead; Lesser Scaup; Common Goldeneye (winter); Hooded (winter) and Common (winter) Mergansers; Ruddy Duck; Northern Harrier; Gray Partridge; Virginia Rail; Sora; Black-necked Stilt; American Avocet; Willet; Wilson’s Phalarope; Franklin’s and California Gulls; Caspian, Forster’s, and Black Terns; Northern Rough-winged, Bank, Cliff, and Barn Swallows; Marsh Wren; Savannah and Song Sparrows; Bobolink. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, and helpful general information.
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