Basin and Range Birding: Wood River to Summer Lake CANCELLED

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Instructors: Kevin Spencer, M.A. and Dave Haupt, B.S.
Dates: Thursday-Sunday, June 18-21, 2020
Location: Meet at Wood River Wetlands for course intro and late afternoon birding.
Tuition: $210
Naturalist Certificate Credits: 16 hrs.



Cancelled due to Covid-19. Please stay tuned for future programming.

This year we’ll visit a variety of southeastern Oregon bird habitats emphasizing wetlands. Hot springs, forest, rimrock and sagebrush steppe along the way will provide windows into bird behavior, especially feeding and breeding. Our basin-and-range journey begins at the Wood River near Fort Klamath, then we’ll move east to the Klamath Marsh and set up camp at Headquarters Thursday evening.

After dinner, we’ll scout for Yellow Rails and listen for owls, possibly including Flammulated. Friday we’ll bird the Refuge, then drive to alkali Summer Lake in eastern Lake County, home of the Sum­mer Lake Wildlife Refuge, where we will spend the afternoon birding and observing Snowy Plover breeding areas. Friday evening, we’ll set up camp in the area, then on Saturday bird the Lower Chewaucan River and Fremont Point, where woodpeckers and other forest breeders predominate.

Sunday morning, we’ll drive out into the desert and look for Black-throated Sparrows, Sagebrush Sparrows and other birds of the sagebrush sea before wrapping up the trip at mid day. Non-campers will be provided with lodging options, including cabins or rooms at the Lodge at Summer Lake.