As part of our commitment to equity and inclusion in the outdoors, Portland Audubon is working with local, regional, and national partners and organizations to provide access to gear while birding, camping, and participating in events in Harney County. In 2021 we worked with Friends of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge with funding from the Oregon Wildlife Foundation to build 15 “Explorer Packs,” Osprey backpacks with binoculars and a variety of ID guides in them. Ten of these backpacks are available for Harney County residents to check out from the Harney County Library, and five are available to borrow from the Nature Store at Malheur Headquarters. Additionally, we were fortunate to receive a donation of binoculars and a scope from Leupold and Stevens for participants to borrow during our bird outings.
More recently, we received a grant from the Roundhouse Foundation to start building a gear library. This library will have camping gear available for participants to use during our stewardship weekends and other overnight events at Malheur and in the larger Harney Basin. Eventually, we hope to provide assistance with gas or travel to the Harney Basin to further remove barriers to participating in our exciting conservation programs in southeastern Oregon.
These multiday events are for folks who want to get their hands dirty. Join Portland Audubon and local partners in restoring wildlife habitat in Harney County (and of course doing some great bird watching!)
- Sod House Ranch Stewardship Weekend
Camping provided at Sod House Ranch
- Burns Paiute Tribe Upland Restoration
Camping provided east of Juntura
- Oregon Semaphore Grass Planting
Camping provided at Crystal Crane Hot Springs
To learn more about these and other opportunities, click on the individual pages or go to the Restore Malheur Facebook page. Questions? Contact Teresa Wicks, Eastern Oregon Field Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.