Plumas County abounds with native bird species, making it a mecca for birdwatchers. Whether it's the majestic raptors of Sierra Valley, the abundant waterfowl of the many lakes and rivers in the area, or the small forest-dwelling finches and jays, there is something here for every type of bird lover.

The best time for birding is during the spring and fall, when birds are in the midst of migrations and there is a greater variety in the area. Plumas County boasts over 300 species of birds, so you're almost guaranteed to spot something!

Birds of a Feather Flock Together

Check out the Plumas Audubon Society's website for local events and activities, as well as birding guides and checklists. Especially informative is the Northern Plumas County Guide to Birding on this site. Ideal areas for birding include:

  • Sierra Valley, which the Audubon Society has designated as an Important Bird Area, and which has a large population of raptors and waterfowl.
  • Plumas Eureka State Park
  • Lake Almanor
  • Antelope Lake
  • Bucks Lake
  • Little Grass Valley Reservoir, which has hosted a nesting pair of Bald Eagles for the past several years.
  • Frenchman Lake
  • Lake Davis
  • Snake Lake
  • Feather River Canyon

Bald Eagle
Baby Birds