Last week while staying at Klamath Falls we visited several sites in the Klamath Basin in order to see birds. I have never before experienced so much abundance of bird life, and diversity of species. Seeing the huge numbers of white pelicans and snowy egrets brought to mind something Aldo Leopold wrote decades ago in Sand County Almanac after a trip he and his brother made to the Colorado River basin, a delta where hundreds of thousands of birds were migrating. We and they have found a common home in the remote fastnesses of space and time; we were both back in the Pleistocene. Since returning to Seattle I've read two books recommended by the Fish and Wildlife employee we met at the Tule Lake Visitor Center. One of them is Wings that Fill the Sky, a compilation of articles by the Shaw Historical Library and the other is Seeking Refuge by Robert M. Wilson. Perhaps the most important thing I've gleaned from my reading is that the refuges don't have anywhere near the cachet or popularity of national parks, but they are possibly even more crucial to wildlife survival.