Pacific Northwest Trip: The Birds & Natural History of NE Oregon *FULL*
Rugged Northeast Oregon is full of scenic beauty with spectacular mountains and gorges!
Join us as we explore areas such as the Grande Ronde River, Zumwalt Prairie, and Hell’s Canyon to look for Calliope Hummingbird, Golden Eagle, Gray Catbird, Bobolink, Short-Eared Owl, and so much more! And this trip is more than just birds. Along the way we’ll discover the region’s wildflowers, catch glimpses of mammals such as Rocky Mountain Elk and Columbian Ground Squirrels, gaze at beautiful butterflies such as Mourning Cloaks and Arrowhead Blues, and dive into the unique natural history.
Our trip begins at Zumwalt Prairie where we’ll look for Swainson’s Hawk, Horned Lark, and Vesper Sparrow. We’ll then head towards Joseph and explore local hotspots looking for Short-Eared Owl, Long-Billed Curlew, and Western Meadowlark. Next, it is on to Hell’s Canyon where we’ll be searching for Bobolink, White-Throated Swift, Rock Wren, and Prairie Falcon. On our last full day, we’ll visit Rhinehart Bridge with a goal of seeing Gray Catbird and Veery as well as Ladd Marsh for ducks, American Avocet, and other wetland species. Finally – we’ll be sure to make time for Virtue Flats to spot sagebrush species such as Brewer’s Sparrow, Sage Thrasher, and Burrowing Owl.