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Heading east from the Cascade crest, starkly different ecoregions present a fantastic array of habitats and wildlife. On this three-day, van-based tour, we’ll explore the avifauna and natural history of the East Cascades, Columbia Plateau, and Blue Mountain ecoregions, searching for Williamson’s Sapsucker in conifer-dominated forests, Lewis’s Woodpecker and Ash-throated Flycatcher in open oak scrub, and Sage Thrasher and Vesper Sparrow in the sagebrush steppe.Register!
Date and time: June 2-4, 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Fee: $745 members / $945 non-members
Single supplement: $200 (for BOTH nights). Please note all rooms at the Balch Hotel are single-queen-bed rooms. If you are rooming with someone but do not want to share a single bed, the one-night single supplement cost (for different rooms at the Balch) is $75.
Included: Breakfasts, lunches, snacks, double-occupancy lodging, van-based transportation to and from Portland, the expertise of your leaders
Excluded: Dinners and alcoholic beverages
Limited to 10 participants.
Important info about lodging
The trip fee is based on double occupancy. The rooms at the Balch Hotel are all single bed, queen rooms. 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 $200 if you are the sole occupant of the room on BOTH NIGHTS. If you are requesting a single supplement for Balch Hotel only, the fee is $75. Also, bathrooms are located outside of the rooms.
Distance: We’ll hike up to two miles daily at multiple stops.
Elevation changes: We will be in various habitats, including mountainous areas. Several optional hikes will have elevation changes of up to 200 feet.
Trail: Mostly narrow single-track trails on packed earth.
Rest stops: Multiple between stops. Few opportunities for rest stops on our longer optional hikes.
Sun exposure: Partial on the first day; full exposure on days two and three. Sun protection is critical on this trip. Temps should be in the 70s or 80s, but very sunny.
Amenities: We will strive for a bathroom break every two hours, but we will be traveling in some remote areas, which may make this difficult. Participants should be prepared for bush breaks if needed.
Public transit: We will meet and end the trip near the Gateway Transit Center, which provides bus and max service.
Brodie Cass Talbott
Brodie works as an educator with Portland Audubon. After many years of wildland firefighting and leading river tours, he spent six years living and teaching across Asia, where his interest in birds became his passion. He has birded across five continents, and uses his experience in education and ecotourism to share his love of the outdoors with people from all ages, backgrounds, and abilities, with an eye towards increasing access to wild spaces for people from diverse communities.
Erin fell in love with birding while working at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. After college, she studied Red-throated Loons, Common Loons and shorebird migration at Grays Harbor, Washington. Erin is passionate about the natural histories of birds, conservation, and advocating for environmental and social justice. She has traveled throughout Latin America and East Africa and loves nothing more than sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm for birds and the natural world, and for all cultures around the world.