100 Birds of Summer: Mindful Birding
Join Teresa Wicks, Portland Audubon’s Eastern Oregon Field Coordinator for 100 Birds of Summer, a series of family and beginning birder-friendly programs connecting people to birds and nature. Over the course of the summer, we’ll aim to see 100 bird species, from forests to wetlands, and places in-between. But don’t be fooled, this series isn’t only for serious listers, we’re aiming to create community while exploring the birds and ecosystems that Harney County has to offer. Binoculars will be available.
The Wilderness Trail at Page Springs Campground provides a perfect backdrop for our last outing of the year. We’ll meet at the entrance to Page Springs Campground at 8:00. Then, we’ll caravan to the parking area for The Wilderness Trailhead. Then we’ll cover the basics of mindful birding and spend time casually and mindfully walking the trail up to the rim of Page Springs Campground, observing the many bird species found there. Mindful birding doesn’t require expert birders or an ability to identify every species you see. Instead, it encourages being present, noticing different sounds and colors and textures of birds, and nature, around you. This program is a great opportunity to bring out your sketch books, poetry skills, cameras, and an interest in connecting to birds and nature while creating community.
Length: 1.5 miles
Accessibility: This trial is rocky and has an uneven surface, the hike up to the rim is moderately steep.