We’ll search for Golden Eagles, Black-necked Stilts, White-faced Ibis, Burrowing Owl, Sandhill Cranes, and Prairie Falcons as well as mammals such as Pronghorn, Coyote and Mule Deeramong the wealth of wildlife.
Our program is timed to coincide with peak bird migration and species diversity. Explore the vast refuge and surrounding areas, including the east side of Steens Mountain and the Alvord Desert, on daily field excursions led by experienced naturalists from Audubon Society of Portland. Be prepared for some wondrous sights, chilly nights and lots of birds. The elevation is about 4000 feet, and the snow-capped Steens Mountain looms on our horizon the entire time.
- Trip Leader: Candace Larson and Tara Lemezis
- Fee: $995 members / $1,195 non-members
- Deposit: $495 to secure your space
- Single supplement: $200
What is included: All ground transportation from Portland. Four nights lodging based on double occupancy, all your meals except dinners, the services of your experienced Audubon Society of Portland leaders.
Important info about lodging:
The trip fee is based on double occupancy. The rooms at the Frenchglen Hotel have just one double bed. If you do not want to share a bed you will need to request a single supplement. There is a single supplement fee of $200 if you are the sole occupant of the room. Also, bathrooms are located outside of the rooms.
Notes on Accessibility: Most of our birding on this trip will be from the vans, or on short walks on well-graded, level roads and trails. Trip may also include short hikes (1 mile or less) on uneven ground, with occasional steep stretches.
Candace is an avid birder, mycology geek, and native plant enthusiast, with a passion for the diverse ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest. Candace leads domestic and international ecotours with a focus on bird biology and habitat preservation. She also works as a Field Biologist in Portland Audubon’s Conservation program, helping statewide partners meet their avian conservation goals.
Tara is an avid birder, wildlife photographer, and native plant enthusiast - with a passion for all that is wild here in the Pacific Northwest! She began volunteering with Portland Audubon in the Wildlife Care Center in 2014, and since that time has served in a variety of volunteer and staff roles within communications and education. She joined the education team as the Education Program Assistant in September 2018. She is passionate about sharing her bird knowledge with people from all backgrounds, ages, and abilities - working to inspire them to take action to protect the wild spaces and species in Oregon and beyond.