Opportunities to Get Involved in Harney County

Eastern Oregon is home to some of the most spectacular landscapes and important bird habitats in Oregon. Portland Audubon has been working in Eastern Oregon for more than a century to protect places such as Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and Steens Mountain and to recover imperiled species such as the greater sage-grouse.

Our programs are geared towards providing participants with opportunities to see and learn about the region’s natural history from outstanding naturalists  learn about important conservation issues, build understanding across the urban-rural divide and have fun. In 2020, we have a full calendar of awesome trips, events, stewardship parties, and other ways to get involved.

Questions? Contact Teresa Wicks, Eastern Oregon Field Coordinator, at twicks@audubonportland.org

A group of birders look out from a view point at the wetlands at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Stewardship Parties

Our stewardship parties are multi-day events for folks who want to get their hands dirty. Join Audubon and local partners in restoring wildlife habitat in Harney County (and of course doing some great bird watching!)

To signup, contact Vicky Medley at vmedley@audubonportland.org. For more information contact Teresa Wick at twicks@audubonportland.org.


These multi-day natural history trips begin in Portland and are led by outstanding Portland Audubon naturalists. 

  • June 1 – 4: Pacific Northwest Trip: Malheur Foray
    Join Portland Audubon on this five-day tour to Malheur National Wildlife Refuge filled with wondrous sights, chilly nights, and lots of birds.

Community Science

We offer a variety of opportunities to work with Portland Audubon Staff collecting data on bird populations at Malheur and in the Harney Basin

  • Project IBiS: August 15, September 5, October 3
    Join an Audubon biologist monitoring bird use of flood-irrigated wet meadows on the Silvies Floodplain just north of Malheur–some of the best birding in the basin! 
  • Malheur Shorebird Survey: August 28–31
    Join an Audubon Biologist monitoring shorebird use of playas and springs in important study areas at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

For more info contact Teresa Wicks at twicks@audubonportland.org.


Portland Audubon leads and partners with others on a variety of natural history related events throughout the year. Plan your trip to Harney County to take advantage of these opportunities!

  • July 17–19: Harney County After Dark
    Celebrate dark skies and all things nocturnal in the Harney Basin with a series of field trips and  events focused on the night.

For more info contact Teresa Wicks at twicks@audubonportland.org.

Bird Walks

Throughout spring and summer Audubon offers a variety of free bird walks at a variety of locations on and around Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Meet at the Safeway parking lot in Burns at 8 a.m., and we will carpool to the bird walk locations. If not interested in carpooling, meet at the designated area at 9 a.m. No sign-up necessary

  • July 11: Malheur NWR Headquarters | Terrain: mixed gravel and concrete with some hills. Distance: 1 mile loop
  • July 18: Harney County Wildlife Parkway (Burns/Hines) | Terrain: flat, graveled road. Distance: 4 miles round trip
  • July 25: Crystal Crane Hot Springs | Terrain: rough, no trail. Distance: 1–2 miles

For more info contact Teresa Wicks at twicks@audubonportland.org.