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Visit the “birdiest county in the U.S.” with Portland Audubon to search for desert specialties and enjoy large numbers of wintering songbirds, shorebirds, raptors, and waterfowl in southern California’s subtropical Mediterranean climate.Register
Distance: Most days will feature several hikes of up to 1-2 miles
Elevation changes: Some hikes will have moderate elevation changes, but none of our hikes will be considered arduous. We will adjust walks to suit the weather and group.
Trail: Most of our trails will be wide and paved or small single-track trails with fine gravel covering them.
Rest Stops: The leaders will try to provide rest stops when possible, but not all trails will have suitable benches, etc.
Sun Exposure: Participants should expect several hours of full sun every day. While the leaders will try to break up and limit sun exposure when possible, participants must come prepared with proper sun protection.
Amenities: Typically, leaders will try to provide formal bathroom stops every two hours.
- Trip Leaders: Brodie Cass Talbott and Kirk Hardie
- Dates: March 6-11, 2023
- Fee: $1,995 member / $2,495 non-member
- Single supplement: $400
- Deposit: $1000
- Group size: Limited to 14 participants
- Fee Includes: Fee is based on double occupancy and includes all lodging, all ground transportation, all meals except dinners, and all guide fees.
- Fee Does Not Include: Airfare, dinners, or alcoholic beverages.
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.
Kirk grew up in Sacramento, CA and took an early interest in nature exploring the Central Valley, the Sierra Nevada, and the California coast. His passion for experiencing and enjoying nature led to jobs studying nesting Lewis’s Woodpeckers in Central Oregon, studying breeding Gunnison Sage-Grouse in Colorado, and conducting breeding bird surveys in Oregon, California, and Nevada. That passion also led to positions as an environmental educator at the Wolf Education and Research Center, Portland Audubon, the Great Basin Outdoor School, and the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science, the latter of which he founded and built the education programs that reached over 5,000 students yearly. Since 2010, he has been an adjunct faculty at Sierra Nevada College where he teachers field courses, primarily in ornithology. He has been leading multi-day nature tours since 2005 in the U.S. and internationally that focus primarily on birds, but also geology and other topics that each location uniquely presents. He has a master’s degree in Biology from the University of Nevada, Reno.