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Klamath Falls Wildlife Refuge

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  • Lower Klamath Falls Wildlife Refuge

    Hwy 161, Dorris, CA (map)

    41.994896 -121.764008

  • Price: $49.00 /per person

    Refund policy

  • We will be returning to Klamath Falls again in 2017 for our weekend photo adventure at the Klamath National Wildlife Refuge! Winter is the time of year when the populations of wildlife include 500+ bald eagles and 30,000 tundra swans. Peak waterfowl populations can reach 1.8 million birds, which represent 15 to 45 percent of the total birds wintering in California. Opportunities for observing the behavior of eagles and other wildlife abound. The timing of this photo adventure is designed to take place prior to the Annual Winter Wings Festival so that we have the Refuge to ourselves (no guarantee you won't see a couple of other people out there...).

    ITINERARY:  On Friday, we meet at 1:00 p.m. at the Lower Klamath Falls Refuge. There will be an introduction to the Refuge and a discussion on camera settings and guidelines for shooting wildlife. The remainder of the day will be spent shooting at the Refuge through sunset. This tour is a 10.2 mile loop auto route located about 24 miles south of Klamath Falls. Saturday morning we will be out by sunrise, shoot throughout the day until just after sunset. The refuge is comprised of several wildlife areas, so depending on what we see at one may determine where we choose to go see at another. Sunday morning we will be out early again, and we will conclude around noon. I will be offering any critiques if requested. 

    Lodging, transportation and meals are not included in the $49 price and are up to you. 

    WEATHER: Of course, the weather can be unpredictable. Be prepared for very cold temperatures, and you should carry chains in your vehicle just in case it does snow in the mountains. We will be on paved or gravel roads the entire time, so no worries about anything off-road. Most of the time you can shoot from your vehicle, but there are many opportunities to get out and walk. 

    GEAR: You will want to bring long telephoto lenses in the[masked]mm range. I recommend your longest focal length be at least[masked]mm. If you don't have a lens that long, consider renting a lens through  It's always a good idea to have two camera bodies for two reasons: One, you can have a long telephoto on one and a medium telephoto on the other, or two, if one camera goes out on you for some reason, you'll have a back-up. Because it is winter, you can expect to go thru batteries depending on how cold it gets, so bring extra batteries and extra cards. A bean bag or other type of window support is a good idea. Even though you will be shooting from the car, your windows will usually be rolled down on both sides, so dress as if you were going to be outside. Gloves, hand warmers, warm hats that cover your ears, down jackets and insulated pants are a good idea. A tripod and/or mono pod for shooting outside the vehicle. Binoculars are good for identification and for spotting action that is too far away to photograph. 

    LODGING: Two motels closest to the Refuge are the Majestic [masked]) and Golden West. [masked]). I will be staying at the Golden West, where I have stayed before and it is old but very clean. Don't be looking for a lot of amenities at either motel, but if you get a room at Golden West, please use my name and you may get a small discount. The rates at both motels will run around $49 to $55 plus tax per night. I recommend calling ASAP to secure a room. 

    More information will be forthcoming as we get closer to February. 

    Need a little inspiration to be a wildlife photographer? Check out this link from Petapixel 

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  • Salvador C.

    Not sure if I can post item for sale here but it is related to this type of situation.
    Eckla Eagle Car Door Lens Support
    Jan if not appropriate please remove it.
    thank you

    November 26

  • Ray J.

    OK My wife, Sally & I will drive up there with our small Scamp trailer @ the 1st. She will probably not be joining us for taking photos. I have a Sony HX400v camera with a 24 ~ 1200 mm fixed lens as well as a Panasonic FZ 2500 at 24 ~ 480 mm fixed lens. Since we are both retired we'll spend some time in the area. Sounds like fun. Ray Jenkins

    November 18

    • Jan L.

      Hi Ray, just an FYI... if your wife would like to join us in the workshop, then she would have to be a paid participant. If she isn't going to photograph, she is welcome to ride along.

      November 19

  • Alessandra

    I have a low clearance car. How was the snow last year about this time? Clear on the roads? I would like to go but I am afraid of getting stuck.

    November 18

    • Jan L.

      Alessandra, right now the meetup is full and I can't see where Meetup has generated a wait list. But if there is a cancellation and you still want to go, I will contact you first. Weather can always an issue.. last year it was very muddy, but no snow.

      November 19

  • Dave B.

    To practice photographing birds, there are some very interesting NWRs with Auto Tours in Sacramento and Merced Counties. According to the Rangers at the Merced NWR, there are 5,000 Cranes, right this very minute, chilling with the typical great fly-in/out sunrise/sunset. Next to Merced is the Los Banos NWR, where one tour is for the birds, one tour for the elk. Then, there is the Colusa NWR in Williams and the Sacramento NWR in Willows, that have thousands of ducks, geese and other creatures. Colusa is free, while Sacto costs ~$6 (or, free if you have a Fed interagency pass).

    November 16

  • Suzanne H.

    Sounds like a great trip. Will there be carpooling? I'm interested but have an older car.

    November 16

  • Kevin B.

    Had a blast last year, but going to have to pass due to a new job. My best to everyone who gets to go.

    November 16

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