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Behind the Scenes on A National Wildlife Refuge: Preparing for Fall and Winter Migrants

October 21st @ 7:00 pm 8:30 pm

Colusa NWR; © Mike Reinhart
Colusa NWR; © Mike Reinhart

Curtis McCasland is the manager of the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex. The Refuge Complex consists of Sacramento, Delevan, Colusa, Sutter, and Sacramento River NWR’s. Curt will take us behind the scenes to present what Managers, Biologists, and Technicians do to prepare the wetlands for both the migratory birds and the visitors that come to see them. Participants will learn how the knowledgeable staff work together to incorporate practices to provide food, cover, and safety for migratory birds. In addition, the staff also considers how the habitat will appear to artists, photographers, and birdwatchers. Colusa National Wildlife Refuge will be the primary focus of the presentation.

Preparing fields for winter birds (courtesy C. McCasland)
Preparing fields for winter birds (courtesy C. McCasland)

Curtis McCasland, who attended Humboldt State University and the University of Memphis, is trained as an avian biologist and has a strong background in plant ecology, especially in wetland environments. Utilizing this knowledge, he started his career with the National Wildlife Refuge System at Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge in Arizona, an 860,000-acre refuge with no running water. Besides working in Arizona, Curt has worked in national wildlife refuges in Georgia, supervised refuges in California and Nevada, and the Klamath Basin in Oregon/California. Four years ago, Curt was given the awesome opportunity to manage the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex which includes Sacramento, Delevan, Colusa, Sutter, and Sacramento River NWR’s. In addition, he and his staff are also responsible for the Steve Thompson North Central Valley, Butte Sink, and Willow Creek Lurline Wildlife Management Areas. 

This event was recorded and is now available here on the YAS YouTube channel for viewing.