Wildlife Prairie State Park

Wildlife Alliance

Mule deer, sage grouse, and pronghorn antelope can also be observed in the Clear Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Found south of Klamath Falls, Oregon, in northern California, and established in 1928, the Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge's 39,116 acres of open waters and croplands, 17,000 farmed acres, and 1,900 acres of alfalfa, potatoes, and cereal grains provide a major food source for the refuge's water birds, Bald Eagles, Golden Eagles, White-Faced Ibis, American White Pelicans, Canadian Geese, Peregrine Falcons, Western Grebes, Black Terns, Tri-Colored Blackbirds, and other species. The Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge also provides a ten mile long observation tour of its facilities. Established in 1958, located along the Williamson River east of Crater Lake, Oregon, with scenic views of the Cascade Mountain Range in its backdrop, and purchased from the Klamath Indians with Federal Duck Stamp funds, the 40,646 acre Klamath Marsh National Wildlife Refuge contains grassy meadows, forests, the large, natural, historic Klamath Marsh, and roosting, nesting, and feeding sites for several species of shorebirds, Yellow Rails, Sandhill Cranes, Great Grey Owls, rare Least Bitterns, Forster's Terns, Black Terns, Spotted Frogs, and Rocky Mountain Elk. The Klamath Marsh National Wildlife Refuge also provides an observation canoe tour of Wocus Bay. Established in 1908, and located near Klamath Falls, Oregon, along the northern California border, the 50,912 acre National Historic Landmark known as the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge was the first waterfowl refuge created in the United States and contains shallow freshwater marshes, grassy uplands, croplands, and open waters, as well as nesting and brooding areas for Bald Eagles, Golden Eagles, American White Pelicans, Peregrine Falcons, Canadian Geese, White-Faced Ibis, Black Terns, and a variety of other species. The Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge also provides wildlife blinds for photographers and a year around observation tour route for visitors. Hunting for the perfect, trophy whitetail buck can be very time consuming, from establishing the perfect food plot to setting up the perfect deer blind, to actually managing the deer herd. Each component is very important in this equation and should be taken seriously if the hunter is to achieve his or her goal of taking home that perfect buck. Of course, the easier way to this goal is to hire a wildlife manager or to hunt on ranch where there is a fulltime wildlife manager on the premises who does all this work. A wildlife manager works year round to ensure that the hunters on his land will have a productive hunting season, whether it is whitetail deer hunting, quail hunting or any other type of game hunting.

Animal Legal Defense Fund

'Threats are increasing, the species' range is contracting, and current conservation efforts are too little, too late to conserve the species. ' According to a statement from WildEarth Guardians, the lesser prairie-chicken is a medium-sized, gray-brown grouse. The species inhabits shinnery oak and sand sagebrush grasslands in parts of Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. Since the early 1800's, the Southern Great Plains habitat of this key species has been reduced by 90 %, which has been instrumental in an 85% decline of the grouse's population. 'The lesser prairie-chicken will disappear forever without protection of the Endangered Species Act,' said Jay Lininger, an ecologist with the Center for Biological Diversity. 'Voluntary measures that preserve a little habitat are convenient for some, but they won't be effective for the prairie-chicken. ' The lesser prairie-chicken is threatened by habitat loss and degradation from livestock grazing, agriculture, oil and gas extraction, herbicides and unnatural fire as primary threats to the lesser prairie-chicken. Habitat fragmentation from fences, power lines, together with disturbances from roads, mining, and wind energy production also affect the species. Climate change and drought are increasingly important threats. The potential loss of habitat on private land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program may have severely negative effects on current populations. Conservation by the feds has been seen as a welcome action, which may be just in time to turn the tide of decline for a visually beautiful, charismatic and important species.