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Goose Lake and Garrett Ranch

Alkali lake and surrounding wetlands straddling the California/Oregon border in Lake County, Oregon.

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Alkali lake and surrounding wetlands straddling the California/Oregon border in Lake County, Oregon.

Location: Southern Lake County, straddling the Oregon/California border.

Description: Shallow, expansive alkali lake with adjacent marshes and other surrounding habitats which significantly extend the utility of the area's numerous waterbird species. The last Hardstem bullrush marsh in Goose Lake Valley is found on private land just north of the lake.

Ornithological Highlights: Most other major lakes in the area are post-breeding areas (Summer Lake and Lake Abert), but shorebirds use Goose Lake as a breeding area. American avocets, Willets, and Killdeer nest on the south end of the lake and most likely produce more chicks than Lake Abert and Summer Lake combined. This may be explained by lower salinity, access to fresh water, and island habitats that make it difficult for mammalian predators to reach nests. Goose Lake is a significant staging area for migrating shorebirds, including over 10,000 American avocets, as well as Western and Clark's grebes, Tundra Swans, and American White Pelicans.

For more information on Goose Lake and Garrett Ranch IBA, please see the Technical Site Report in the National IBA database.

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Location: Southern Lake County, straddling the Oregon/California border.

Description: Shallow, expansive alkali lake with adjacent marshes and other surrounding habitats which significantly extend the utility of the area's numerous waterbird species. The last Hardstem bullrush marsh in Goose Lake Valley is found on private land just north of the lake.

Ornithological Highlights: Most other major lakes in the area are post-breeding areas (Summer Lake and Lake Abert), but shorebirds use Goose Lake as a breeding area. American avocets, Willets, and Killdeer nest on the south end of the lake and most likely produce more chicks than Lake Abert and Summer Lake combined. This may be explained by lower salinity, access to fresh water, and island habitats that make it difficult for mammalian predators to reach nests. Goose Lake is a significant staging area for migrating shorebirds, including over 10,000 American avocets, as well as Western and Clark's grebes, Tundra Swans, and American White Pelicans.

For more information on Goose Lake and Garrett Ranch IBA, please see the Technical Site Report in the National IBA database.

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