Pacific Northwest Trip: Migration Along the Central Coast with Brodie Cass Talbott *1 spot left*
September is a wonderful time to beat the coastal crowds and search for southbound migrants. On this self-driving tour, we’ll explore the top hotspots of the Central Oregon Coast, exploring the different habitats of Yaquina Bay on Wednesday, searching for songbirds in the coastal forest before heading to the famous Idaho Flats to work on Shorebird identification, before heading north to Boiler Bay and Depoe Bay, hoping for encounters with the recently uplisted Marbled Murrelet.
On Thursday we’ll visit points south, including Seal Rock, Ona Beach, and the mouth of the Alsea River, giving us ample opportunity to study cormorants and gulls, and enjoy a variety of grebes and early-returning waterfowl.
This is a self-catering trip, and participants will provide their own accommodations as well as meals. We’ll stop both days for a picnic lunch along the route. Each day will consist of several short drives and 2-3 miles of hiking across mostly level ground, but at times with loose surfaces like sand or gravel.
The most convenient lodging will be in the Newport area. Your trip leader will send recommended accommodations as well as meeting details to all participants. Please email your trip leader if you are interested in carpooling. Proof of vaccination will be required for this trip.