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Pacific Northwest Trip: Birds, Plants, and Bugs of Mt. Adams with Stefan Schlick

While bird song is winding down, butterflies and dragonflies are out in full force. Wildflowers are in full bloom, at least in the higher elevations. On this trip we will look at absolutely everything! And, of course, birds too.

This is a self-catering trip, we will meet every morning at 6:30 a.m. in Trout Lake at the Ranger Station. The accommodations options are camping, renting a cabin, or staying in Hood River. Please bring your own food. We will carpool as much as allowed with current COVID restrictions.

The first day we will spend around Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge where Least Flycatcher might be found in the aspen groves. In prior years we saw American Redstart in the area. Gray Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird, Sandhill Crane, and White-headed Woodpecker are our target species this day. Target bugs include Western Red Damsel, Northern Crescent, Great Spangled Fritillary near the headquarters.

On our second day, we will be exploring the lower elevations around Trout Lake early. Birding there is superb, with Red-eyed Vireo, Veery, and Gray Catbird all very much possible. Trout Lake is the easternmost location where these sought-after eastside species can be found reliably. Warblers and flycatchers will all be around. Later in the day, we will head uphill towards Morrison Creek and Cold Springs on the south side of Mt. Adams. Wildflowers, butterflies, and dragonflies will all delight us.

On our final day, we will head up the west side of Mt. Adams, visiting the boreal areas around Takhlakh and Horseshoe Lake. We will look for Three-toed Woodpecker, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Canada Jay, and Barrow’s Goldeneye. At Horseshoe Lake, we should be able to find Crimson-ringed Whiteface and White-flowering Rhododendron. Spruce Grouse are also up there but have been difficult to find. Mid-afternoon we will start our way back to Portland.

*Note: This is a self-guided tour. Lodging (book ahead of time), meals, transportation, and park entrance fees are your responsibility. Stefan will send out details about where the group will meet.

Learn Mt. Adams bugs, birds, and plants!

This is the time to go to Mt. Adams! While bird song is winding down, there should still be lots of singers out and about. Butterflies and dragonflies will not be ignored on this trip!

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Trip Details

  • Trip Leader: Stefan Schlick
  • Fee: $275 members / $375 non-members
  • When: July 2 – July 4
  • Group size: Limited to 10 participants
  • What is included: the services of your experienced Portland Audubon leader. *Self-guided tour.
  • *This is a self-guided tour. Lodging (book ahead of time), meals, transportation, and park entrance fees are your responsibility. Stefan will send out details about where the group will meet.

Mandatory COVID guidelines: 

  • Stay home if you or a member in your household have any symptoms, or if you have been in contact with anyone with these symptoms:
    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
  • Everyone drive on their own, with members of their household
  • Everybody must wear a face covering at all times
  • Everybody remain at least 6 feet apart at all times
  • No more than 10 people, plus the instructor
  • Only go to locations with plenty of room to stay safe:
    • Wide, open spaces are best
    • No crowded trails – limit to early morning walks and/or weekdays
    • Prioritize trails that are one-directional
    • Prioritize locations with trails at least 6-feet wide