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When: Mar 28, 2019 12:00 AM to Mar 31, 2019 11:00 PM
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Stefan Schlick

March 28-31, 2019 | Enjoy Sandhill Crane migration near Othello with Stefan Schlick and Randy Hill.

Lower Columbia Basin

March 28-31, 2019

 

 

Enjoy Sandhill Crane migration near Othello with Stefan Schlick and Randy Hill! The Othello area is one of the main stopover sites for Sandhill Cranes along the Pacific Flyway. Up to 35,000 birds stop here to refuel. The birds usually offer easy viewing in the early evening or at their day roosts.

Sandhill Crane by Rodney Campbell
Sandhill Crane by Rodney Campbell

 Around Othello, we will have a good chance to see Burrowing Owl, Long-billed Curlew and Tricolored Blackbird. A day-trip to the Sage Grouse lek at Leahy Junction will take us through the Lower and Upper Grand Coulee where we will look for White-throated Swift, Prairie Falcon, Golden Eagle along the cliffs and waterfowl on the several lakes of varying salinity. With luck we will get to see Sage Grouse as well. Loggerhead Shrike, Sagebrush and Vesper Sparrow and Sage Thrasher will be our targets in the shrub-steppe on Saddle Mountain. Finally, we will work the various wetlands in the area for American Avocet, Black-necked Stilt and a variety of breeding waterfowl. 


Leaders: Stefan Schlick and Randy Hill
Fee: $795 members / $995 non-members
Deposit: $400 to secure your space
Group Size: Limited to 14 participants
What is included: Ground transportation, double-occupancy lodging, entrance fees for planned activities, all meals except dinners, and the services of your leaders.



Loggerhead
Loggerhead Shrike by Hayley Crews
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