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Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge
Vast expanses of big and low sagebrush are broken by outcrops of rimrock and steep gorges-rugged country where golden eagles, prairie falcons, and American kestrels hunt. Scattered springs, lakes, and creeks draw eighty percent of refuge wildlife, including frogs and toads. Canada geese, mallar...
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McGill Canyon
Description: Small mammals and songbirds is present spring through fall. Many spring wildflowers.

Wildlife to Watch: Jagged limestone ridges and outcroppings tower above this narrow canyon, sheltering California bighorn sheep and mule deer. Golden eagles, prairie falcons, and red-tailed hawks ride air currents, scanning the sagebrush and juniper basin below for black-tailed jackrabbits, cottontails, and ground squirrels. Sage grouse, chokers, and mourning doves also inhabit the grassy basin. Streamside vegetation provides cover for warblers, wrens, and hummingbirds, along with occasional porcupines and long-tailed weasels. Watch for yellow-bellied marmots in rocky areas, and rock wrens in crevice nests above. Coyotes and kit foxes may be spotted hunting by day; mountain lions and bobcats are active night hunters.

Special Tips: VERY REMOTE, RUGGED SITE WITH NO FACILITIES. TAKE FOOD, WATER, and FUEL. NO MAINTAINED ROADS OR HIKING TRAILS. RATTLESNAKES PRESENT SPRING THROUGH FALL.

Other Activities: Excellent viewing of bighorn sheep, deer, and upland birds year-round. Bighorn lambing March-April on high slopes; please do not disturb. Good viewing of predators, birds of prey, and reptiles year-round.

Ownership: Bureau of Land Management 
Size: 3500 acres 
Closest Town: Denio Junction

Facilities:
ParkingTent CampingHiking

Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:
SpringSummerFallWinter

Black-tailed Jackrabbit - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
From Winnemucca, take US Highway 95 north thirty-one miles and turn west on SR 140. Drive thirty-five miles northwest to Leonard Creek Road and turn west. Drive 7.5 miles to end of pavement. Continue south nineteen miles to canyon.

For more information call (702) 623-1500.

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McGill Canyon : Wildlife Viewing Area