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Birding Day: Deschutes River State Recreation Area

We hope to encounter spring migrant songbirds, returning breeders, and any lingering wintering species in this diverse portion of the Columbia Basin ecological zone featuring canyonland, sagebrush, grassland, and riparian habitats.

This is a self-driving trip. Please remember to bring binoculars and appropriate layered clothing. Don’t forget drinks and snacks/lunch for the duration of the trip! 

*Also, it’s recommended to wear tick spray (permethrin) and high boots given the guaranteed presence of ticks and possibility of snakes encountered during the hike.

For those interested, please see the link below for historical data on species occurrence at the site for the month of April, just to get an idea of what could be seen during the visit:

April Sightings in eBird



Walking distance: Up to 5 miles.
Elevation changes: Mostly flat along river; moderate grade at halfway point, 300 feet elevation gain.
Trail: Mostly narrow dirt or small rocky trails; asphalt or paved roads in parking areas and boat ramps.
Pacing: Slow
Rest stops: Possibly an occasional bench near campground|
Sun exposure: Treed and partially shaded by campground, full sun for most of hike
Amenities (bathrooms and parking): Vault toilets and potable water at campground. Small parking lot at trailhead.

Let's look for spring songbirds and returning breeeding birds!

Join Ross for some early spring birding along the lower Deschutes River near its confluence with the Columbia River.


Birding Day Details

  • Date: April 6, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Fee: $65 members / $85 non-members
  • Limited to 12 participants


April 6, 2024
8:00 am - 1:00 pm
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