The details of this trip will be finalized in mid-April. Please click below to inquire; this adds your name to our list of folks who are interested in this exciting journey to the Steens & Alvord Desert. We will be in touch with you in April!Inquire
On past trips we’ve seen approximately 80 species of birds including Townsend’s Solitaire, Mountain Bluebird, American Pipit, Horned Lark, Northern Goshawk, Golden 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 dates: September 29-October 3
- Trip Leaders: Brodie Cass Talbott & Tara Lemezis
- Trip Fee: $1,195 members / $1,395 non-members
- Single supplement: $200 (see information about lodging below).
Trip fees include all ground transportation, double-occupancy lodging, breakfast/lunch/non-alcoholic beverages/snacks, tips for meals/drivers/porters/local guides, trip materials, entrance fees, excursions, and the services of your skilled leader(s).
Trip fees do not include airfares, dinners, and alcoholic beverages.
Important info about lodging:
The trip fee is based on double occupancy. The rooms at the Frenchglen Hotel have just one double bed. If you do not want to share a bed you will need to request a single supplement. There is a single supplement fee of $200 if you are the sole occupant of the room. Also, bathrooms are located outside of the rooms.
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′).
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.
Tara is an avid birder, wildlife photographer, and native plant enthusiast - with a passion for all that is wild here in the Pacific Northwest! Tara got her start at Portland Audubon as a volunteer in the Wildlife Care Center in 2014, and has since served in a variety of volunteer and staff roles within Communications and Education. She joined the Education team as the Education Registrar in September 2018. A teacher at heart, Tara loves inspiring youth and adults to love and protect nature, especially in Oregon's high desert where she spends a great deal of her free time.