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Dean Hale Woodpecker Festival

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When: Jun 18, 2015 08:00 AM to Jun 21, 2015 05:00 PM

Note: This event is offered by East Cascades Audubon Society, an Audubon Society of Portland partner. Registration is now open for the 5th annual Dean Hale Woodpecker Festival, held in Sisters, Ore. Festival participants have a choice of attending 14 different guided tours in search of 11 different species of woodpecker and over 200 other types of birds that have made the forests and burn areas of Sisters and central Oregon a birding hot spot.

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Downy Woodpecker
Note: This event is offered by East Cascades Audubon Society, an Audubon Society of Portland partner.

Registration is now open for the 5th annual Dean Hale Woodpecker Festival, held in Sisters, Ore. Festival participants have a choice of attending 14 different guided tours in search of 11 different species of woodpecker and over 200 other types of birds that have made the forests and burn areas of Sisters and central Oregon a birding hot spot. The East Cascades Audubon Society sponsors the festival. Each trip, guided by two volunteers, includes up to 10 fellow birders, so space is limited.

The Sisters and the Santiam Pass regions have witnessed many forest fires, like the Pole Creek Fire in 2012 and the Bridge 99 fire in 2014. Because burned areas attract bugs which, in turn, attract woodpeckers, participants have a chance to see not only common woodpeckers like Hairy and Downy but also much rarer species like White-headed, American Three-toed, and Black-backed Woodpeckers. Few places in the United States are this woodpecker-rich.

Full-day trips are $30 while half-day trips and a Night Prowl event are $20. Tours and events include:

  • Thursday, June 18 | Summer Lake tour
  • Friday, June 19 | Ochoco’s Region tour
  • Saturday, June 20 | Tours from 7 a.m. to ~3 p.m. | Three Creeks/Pole Creek tour, Trout Creek/Pole Creek tour, Camp Sherman tour, GW Burn tour, Black Butte tour, Suttle Lake/Santiam tour, Bridge 99/Green Ridge tour, a new Limited Mobility tour, and a new Wildflowers/Native Plants tour
  • Saturday, June 20 | 5-8 p.m. | Free festival social event at The Belfry in Sisters 
  • Saturday, June 20 | 8 p.m. to ~12:30 a.m. | Night Prowl tour
  • Sunday, June 21 | 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Two Bulls tour, a Limited Mobility tour, Camp Polk tour, “Shooting Woodpeckers” photography tour, and Catch Up tour. On the Catch Up tour, participants can chase any species they may have missed seeing in preceding days.

Tours take place under a special-use permit with the Deschutes National Forest. Carpooling is required. Participants are also required to provide their own food and water. For information about the Woodpecker Festival, details on the field trips or to register for the event go to www.ecaudubon.org or email dhwf14@gmail.com

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