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Sycan Marsh and Forest

An area of wetlands and forest at the headwaters of the Klamath River basin in south central Oregon.

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An area of wetlands and forest at the headwaters of the Klamath River basin in south central Oregon.

Location: In south-central Oregon south of Silver Lake (town) and Thompson Reservoir and west of Summer Lake, primarily in Lake County, but also partly in Klamath County.

Description: This area is comprised of over 30,000 acres of wetlands and forest owned by The Nature Conservancy. Sycan Marsh is in the Modoc Plateau and East Cascades ecoregions in the headwaters of the Klamath River Basin. The Upper Sycan River is a major tributary to Sycan Marsh, which provides about 50% of the inflow to the Marsh.

Ornithological Highlights: Tens of thousands of waterfowl, waterbirds, and shorebirds of dozens of species utilize the marsh, particularly in spring and summer. Up to 10,000 Tundra Swans can be found at the marsh during their northward spring migration. More than 100 Greater Sandhill Cranes nest on the marsh, as do Black terns and Yellow Rails. Ducks breeding at Sycan Marsh include Cinnamon Teal, Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Redhead, Canvasback, Ring-necked Duck, Common Merganser, and Wood Duck. The sedge-dominated marsh is also home to many raptors including Bald Eagle and Goshawk.

For more information on Sycan Marsh, please see the Technical Site Report in the National IBA database.

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Location: In south-central Oregon south of Silver Lake (town) and Thompson Reservoir and west of Summer Lake, primarily in Lake County, but also partly in Klamath County.

Description: This area is comprised of over 30,000 acres of wetlands and forest owned by The Nature Conservancy. Sycan Marsh is in the Modoc Plateau and East Cascades ecoregions in the headwaters of the Klamath River Basin. The Upper Sycan River is a major tributary to Sycan Marsh, which provides about 50% of the inflow to the Marsh.

Ornithological Highlights: Tens of thousands of waterfowl, waterbirds, and shorebirds of dozens of species utilize the marsh, particularly in spring and summer. Up to 10,000 Tundra Swans can be found at the marsh during their northward spring migration. More than 100 Greater Sandhill Cranes nest on the marsh, as do Black terns and Yellow Rails. Ducks breeding at Sycan Marsh include Cinnamon Teal, Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Redhead, Canvasback, Ring-necked Duck, Common Merganser, and Wood Duck. The sedge-dominated marsh is also home to many raptors including Bald Eagle and Goshawk.

For more information on Sycan Marsh, please see the Technical Site Report in the National IBA database.

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