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Steens Mountain & Alvord Desert

Steens Mountain is one of Oregon’s most spectacular natural areas and it is beautiful in the fall. Rising to almost ten thousand feet high in the southeast corner of the state it presides over alkali desert, oceans of sagebrush and the wildlife-rich marshlands of the Malheur Basin. From our base in historic Frenchglen we’ll spend three full days enjoying the birds and mammals of this diverse landscape.

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On past trips we’ve seen approximately 80 species of birds including Townsend’s SolitaireMountain BluebirdAmerican PipitHorned LarkNorthern GoshawkGolden Eagle and Prairie Falcon.  We search for and often spot Bighorn Sheep among the high peaks of the mountain, sometimes distant and sometimes near. Coyotes and Mule Deer are often sighted and you never know when a Porcupine is going to waddle into view. Conditions permitting we will venture out to Borax Lake, home of the unique and endangered Borax Lake Chub and we’ll visit the Alvord Desert.

Trip Details

Tentative Itinerary
  • Trip Leader: Candace Larson and Gregory Smith
  • Fee: $995 members / $1,195 non-members
  • Deposit: $500 required to secure your place

Notes on Accessibility: Most of our birding on this trip will be from the vans, or on short walks on well-graded, level roads and trails. There are also several short hikes of less than 1 mile on uneven ground possible, and we will occasionally be walking at high elevation (over 8000′).

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