Klamath Wingwatchers, Inc.

Mission Statement

Klamath Wingwatchers is a Klamath County 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to public education regarding Klamath Basin wildlife and wetland habitat and their value as a natural resource through scientific, arts, and cultural means.

A two minute video about the Lake Ewauna Trail in Klamath Falls, Oregon, USA.

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Area Information

The Klamath Basin provides a home and resting place for hundreds of species of wildlife, more than any other area in the western United States. The Klamath wetlands have the largest concentration of migrating waterfowl found on the continent. In addition, over 500 bald eagle utilize the region's wetlands for foraging between November and April. An ever increasing number of visitors seek to enjoy the diversity of species and wildlife habitats in the Basin in all four seasons.

Photo:Cinnamon Teal
Cinnamon Teal

Klamath Wingwatchers has created a wetland/wildlife interpretive area bordering Lake Ewauna in downtown Klamath Falls. This project fulfills the following objectives:

Trail Information

Klamath Wingwatchers has developed a 2.5 mile trail along the western shore of Lake Ewauna and on both sides of Highway 97 as it enters into downtown Klamath Falls. Along this trail, Wingwatchers planted over 1500 trees, shrubs, and other plants that provide shelter and food for the many species of wildlife that utilize the area. Picnic tables and benches, information kiosks, and signage enhance the walking experience. Pets are welcome so long as they are leashed and owners use poop bags, which are provided at the start of each trail. Licensed bicycles are permitted so long as the rider is respectful of pedestrians. Brochures at the head of each trail tell about native plants and the trail. Here is our interpretive guide. Here is our native plants brochure.

You will notice an installed eagle perch along the Lake Ewauna Interpretive Trail. It is used year-round by wintering and locally nesting Bald Eagles and is easily visible from Highway 97 near the downtown exit to Klamath Falls. In summer, it is mostly occupied by over 50 cormorants.

 

 

Klamath Falls eagle Snag
An Eagle in Klamath Falls eagle Snag

 

 

Parking

You can park at the Veterans Park parking lot and walk across the bridge to the lakeside trail head or at the Visitor Center at 205 Riverside Drive for the west side of Highway 97. Both trails connect at the south end of each trail.

The Link River Trail (a one mile trail which goes through a short canyon to the Upper Klamath Lake) is across the street and is well worth the time. Park behind the Favell Museum.

Rules

To maintain maximum protection to wildlife and enjoyment to you and others please:

Duck Family

NO: camping or motor vehicles (except medically licensed vehicles and approved maintenance vehicles)

 

PLEASE RESPECT: other users and wildlife - take nothing but pictures

Guided tours may be available upon request. Please contact Klamath Wingwatchers, Inc. for information.

More about Wingwatchers, Inc.

Klamath Wingwatchers, Inc was the co-sponsor and co-producer of the Winter Wings Festival for 2005, 2006, and 2007. You can find out more about the festival at www.winterwingsfest.org.

Wingwatchers sponsors the Klamath Basin Birding Trail, and family friendly booths at various community activities, including Migratory Bird Day each May.

Wingwatchers sponsors Pelicans On Parade (POP, a "connect kids to nature project"). There are 12 art decorated 7' tall pelicans for sale. 10% of proceeds go to the artists and 90% to helping kids have meaningful outdoor experiences. This pelican is Marsh Reflections, painted by POP! artists Dori Pace and Judy Smith.

POP Pelican

Meetings: We have monthly Board meetings from 7-8:30 pm at 409 Pine on the 4th Thursday of every month except December, June, and July. Our Annual Meeting is in April/May. Everyone is welcome at all of our meetings. An electronic newsletter is sent out to all interested people at least once each month with the current agenda and minutes of the previous meeting.

Dues: $10/student, $15/individual, $25/family, and $35/business. All memberships are tax deductible. Make checks payable to Klamath Wingwatchers.

Contact Information

Klamath Wingwatchers
8880 Tingley Lane
Klamath Falls, OR 97603

For more info, call 541-882-6509 (home phone of Allan and Leslie Lowe) or email .

Trail Coordinator: 541-892-4889

 

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