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Pacific Northwest Trip: Malheur Foray

Join Portland Audubon on this five-day tour to Malheur National Wildlife Refuge filled with wondrous sights, chilly nights, and lots of birds. The elevation is about 4,000 feet, and the snow-capped Steens Mountain looms on our horizon the entire time. We’ll find that a variety of habitats, including extensive marshes, sagebrush flats, riparian thickets, and rimrock support an astounding diversity of wildlife. We’ll search for Long-billed Curlew, Black-necked Stilt, White-faced Ibis, Burrowing Owl, Bobolink, and Sandhill Crane as well as mammals such as Pronghorn, Coyote, and Mule Deer.

Highlights of our classic Malheur trip include an afternoon spin down “raptor alley” hoping for visits with Golden Eagle, Ferruginous Hawk, and Prairie Falcon; a leisurely ramble around the grounds of Refuge Headquarters, a famous songbird oasis in the high desert; and birding the beautiful Catlow Valley and the famous Fields Oasis, where Great Horned Owls are known to nest, along with a wide variety of migrant songbirds.

Tentative Itinerary

Register today to travel with us to Malheur!

Explore remote and beautiful southeastern Oregon and visit a world-class birder’s paradise, Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, during peak migration. We’ll focus on both birds and the natural history of the vast refuge and surrounding areas, including Steens Mountain and the Alvord Desert.

Register

Trip Details

  • Trip Leaders: Candace Larson and Mary Coolidge
  • Fee: $1,145 members / $1,395 non-members
  • Deposit: $575 to secure your space
  • Single supplement: $225: see notes below about lodging.

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 Portland Audubon 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 by adding it to your cart when you register. There is a single supplement fee of $225 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.

Proof of vaccination and a negative COVID test within 48 hours required.

Details

Start:
June 1
End:
June 5
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Venue

Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
36391 Sodhouse Ln, Princeton, OR 97721
Princeton, Oregon 97721 United States
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Phone:
(541) 493-2612
Website:
https://www.fws.gov/refuge/malheur/

Organizer

Tara Lemezis
Email:
tlemezis@audubonportland.org