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On this three-day, two night adventure we will explore beautiful landscapes, from the basalt columns of Columbia National Wildlife Refuge to the gorgeous vistas of Saddle Mountain. We’ll have good chances of seeing Long-billed Curlew, Tricolored Blackbird, Loggerhead Shrike, Chukar, Sagebrush and Vesper Sparrow, and Sage Thrasher, and of course thousands of Sandhill Crane!Register
- Rest Stops: We should have many short stops between locations
- Sun Exposure: Mostly full sun exposure, but at this time of year, the sun will be low angle and low intensity
- Amenities (bathrooms and parking): Efforts will be made to provide formal bathroom stops every two hours
- Distance: The trip will feature many short walks of up to 0.5 miles
- Elevation changes: Mostly flat
- Trail: Largely paved trails, but also some gravel roads and footpaths
- Pacing: Slow
- Trip Leaders: Stefan Schlick and Randy Hill
- Date and time: Friday, March 31 – Sunday, April 2, 6:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
- Fee: $650 members/$850 non-members
- Single Supplement Fee: $110
- Group size: Limited to 12 participants.
- What is included: Two nights lodging at the Quality Inn in Othello, breakfasts and lunches, and the services of your experienced Portland Audubon leaders.
- Not included: Transportation and dinners.
Stefan is an expert guide with vast knowledge of natural history, specializing in birds, butterflies, dragonflies, and plants. His enthusiasm for sharing his knowledge and love of birds is contagious.
Stefan has been birding the world for three decades and has led trips throughout the US for 25 years. Being from Germany originally, Stefan has birded Europe extensively. He has also led ecotours around the world, from Brazil and Morocco to Australia.
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.