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Join Stefan Schlick and explore the West Coast birding hotspot of Grays Harbor! From Marbled Godwit flocks in Westport to Sooty Shearwater on the horizon, this trip will excite any birdwatcher and ocean lover.Register!
Distance: About 3 miles of walking daily but never in one go. Lots of walking on the sand where progress is slow.
Pacing: Medium, as there are stretches where we don’t listen for birds and only get somewhere on the beach
Elevation changes: Minimal
Trail tread and average width: Some gravel, often sand.
Sun exposure: Mostly full
Rest stops: Several restrooms are available
Trip Leaders: Stefan Schlick and Randy Hill
When: September 9-11, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Fee: $595 members / $695 non-members
Single supplement: $120
Group size: Limited to 10 participants
Included: Two nights lodging based on double occupancy, all meals except dinners, the services of your experienced Portland Audubon leaders.
Excluded: Dinners, transportation (drive yourself), and alcoholic beverages.
Stefan is a birding expert, and has birded in Europe and North America extensively. After living in Wisconsin, Florida, California, and Washington, Stefan has settled in Oregon. Stefan is enthusiastic about sharing his knowledge and love of birds with the folks on his trips.
After growing up among orchards in northern California, and a duck hunting interest that led me to a Wildlife Management degree from Humboldt State University, I spent more than 35 years as a wildlife biologist and manager with four federal agencies in six states that included CA, AZ, NM, MN, ND, and WA; 25 years were with US Fish and Wildlife Service in the Refuge system. Inventory and monitoring responsibilities have including 20 years of waterfowl survey flights, more than 25 years running BBS routes and 30 years banding birds. A few targeted studies have included Sandhill Crane, Peregrine Falcon, Burrowing Owl, and Purple Martin. Since retirement in 2014 from Ridgefield NWR (where I still volunteer) the birding days have increased, including international trips to China, Greece, Mexico and Ethiopia. I enjoy leading or co-leading field trips for Vancouver Audubon, Washington Ornithological Society, the Othello Sandhill Crane Festival, and Portland Audubon.