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 Deer among 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 Portland Audubon. 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 leaders: Candace Larson and Tara Lemezis
- Early Bird discount: $1,095 members / $1,295 non-members
- Deposit: $600
- Single supplement: $200
Trip fees include all ground transportation, double-occupancy lodging, breakfast/lunch/non-alcoholic beverages/snacks, tips for meals/drivers/porters/local guides, trip materials, entrance fees, excursions, and the services of your skilled leader(s).
Trip fees do not include airfares, dinners, and alcoholic beverages.
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.
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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.