Tours take place Thursday evening through Sunday and depart from the Burns High School.

Tour Guides make every effort to provide a quality experience.

 

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Pre-registration is REQUIRED for all tours. 

  • Please arrive early as tours depart at the scheduled time.
  • There may be long stretches between rest stops. 
  • Be sure to dress in layers and wear comfortable shoes that will keep your feet warm and dry.
  • Participants with limited mobility should contact the Harney County Chamber of Commerce prior to booking tours. 
  • Many of the tours travel to remote areas; we suggest that participants bring snacks or lunch, and water. 
  • Participants must be 10 years or older to participate in the tours unless otherwise noted in the description. 
  • Private vehicles are not allowed to follow tour vehicles.  

Self-Guided Tour Map (pdf)

 

Thursday Tours Friday Tours Saturday Tours Sunday Tours

Birding intensity of tours is as follows:
Basic – Basic bird watching skills, photo opportunities and learn about the area
Intermediate – Ability to sight and identify birds on your own is a plus
Advanced – Fast paced bird watching

 

Thursday Tours

 

Skill Level - Intermediate


Short eared owl flying New Tour - Owl Prowl on Malheur Refuge: SOLD OUT - ADD YOUR NAME TO THE WAITING LIST DURING REGISTRATION This tour for 10 lucky bird watchers will fill fast! This overnight trip with refuge      volunteer and guide Elzi Volk on Malheur National Wildlife Refuge will search for elusive owls at a number of locations. The  evening begins with dinner at the Narrows Café before travelling through the Blitzen Valley in search of owls. You’ll overnight  in a bunkhouse at Refuge Headquarters which has five 2 person rooms. Breakfast is a cold breakfast bar at the bunkhouse.  We provide the guide, transportation on the refuge, dinner and breakfast. 

 Additional information: Rooms are double occupancy – single participants will share a room; each room has twin beds; you  will need to bring bed linens or a sleeping bag, towels, pillow and toiletry items; dinner will be a set menu with choice of entrees; check-in Thursday from 4:00 to 5:00 pm; check out by 9:00 am; enjoy bird watching at refuge headquarters before and after the tour; a map and additional information will be available after registration. Participants are responsible for transportation to and from Refuge Headquarters located 35 miles south of Burns. 

Thursday – 5:00 pm to Friday morning. Fee: $80

Friday Tours

Skill Level - Basic

New Tour - eBird Workshop/Tour:SOLD OUT - ADD YOUR NAME TO THE WAITING LIST DURING REGISTRATION Whether you are an expert birder or a novice, you no doubt have gotten wind of something called eBird. Launched in 2002 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society, web-based eBird has become a massive database, with millions of individual bird sightings logged each month.

Much more than just a listing program (and a remarkably flexible one at that!), eBird provides incredible accessibility tools for laypersons and professional scientists alike. Join birder extraordinaire Merle Greenway as he demonstrates what you can do for eBird and what it can do for you. 
Merle will also introduce you to three birding apps which are very useful in the field: Hotspots, BirdsEye, and BirdLog. With a smartphone or tablet you can navigate to local eBird hotspots, find nearby birds of interest, and quickly record your sightings as they occur.

Finally, we’ll travel to some local hotspots to try out our newfound skills. Your approach to birding will never be quite the same!
The Festival will be using eBird this year to record all species observations.

Friday – 9:00 to 12:00; 3 hours. Price $40

Harney Basin Rock Art: :SOLD OUT - ADD YOUR NAME TO THE WAITING LIST DURING REGISTRATION Join local archaeologists for a rock art tour that focuses on the center of the basin and explore different types of rock art made in ancient times by the first people to live in southeastern Oregon.  Visit pictograph sites where the rocks were painted in different color pigments and have survived for millennia.  Petroglyph sites, where the designs were made by grinding or pecking the boulders with hammer stones, will be viewed as well.  The tour will be a loop from near Harney Lake to Diamond and then back to Burns through New Princeton and Crane.  There will be a short stop to visit the Round Barn Visitor Center and, if time permits, a brief look at the historic Peter French Round Barn.  Bring rain gear, wear sturdy shoes or boots, bring water and snacks and you will be back at Bird Central in time for afternoon activities.

Friday – 8:00 to 12:00, 4 hours.    Price $60

New Tour - Hey What’s that Bird? (Birding for Beginners)SOLD OUT - ADD YOUR NAME TO THE WAITING LIST DURING REGISTRATION New to bird watching, want to hone your novice birding skills or just interested in exploring bird watching as a hobby? Well we have the tour for you! Ducks Unlimited Biologist Chris Colson will guide you through bird identification, identifying suitable habitat for common bird species and offer insight into the world of bird watching.

Friday: 12:30 to 5:30; 5 hours. Price $50

Llamas and bird watchers walk down road on tourLlamas in Flight at the Double-O: Graced with plenty of water and marsh the Double-O Unit of Malheur Refuge is a popular landing zone. Habitat includes willow thickets, open water, tules, sedges and cattails, brush covered dunes and open fields. Jim Dastyck, wildlife biologist and birder will accompany the tour to add his expertise in identifying the more than thirty species we often see. These include pelicans, sandhill cranes, swallows, cinnamon teal, harriers, great horned owls, bold marsh wrens and even sora. This tour follows a level single-lane gravel track that is otherwise closed to the public. Hiking distance varies depending on the interests of the group, but generally is from three to five miles. This is a hands-on llama event. Each participant selects a llama to be their companion for the day and to carry whatever field gear the participant wishes to bring. Participants are encouraged to lead their llama and may participate in saddling if they choose. Except for the lunch location, the site is open and can be windy and cold. Suggested gear includes a hearty lunch, reference books and plenty of warm clothes. Camera gear, scopes and collapsible tripods can be accommodated, but should be well protected against possible jostling. Small folding chairs can also be packed along. Travel distance to the birding site is about forty miles and is a birding opportunity in its own right. Bring snacks, lunch and water.

Friday - 8:00 to 4:00, 8 hours. Price $80.   

Paradise Birding—Birding the Silvies Flood Plain:SOLD OUT - ADD YOUR NAME TO THE WAITING LIST DURING REGISTRATION Join us for a half-day birding tour of the Silvies River flood plain, where the snowmelt from the Blue Mountains provides expansive waterbird habitat before it reaches Malheur Lake. This region is characterized by miles of privately owned grasslands and open pasture, with some sagebrush uplands scattered throughout. The start of irrigation season means these fields are filled with water which draws an abundance of waterbirds. We will search for more than eight species of raptors and up to 20 different waterfowl, including thousands of Snow and Ross's geese. We can also expect early arriving shorebirds and songbirds, plus large flocks of Sandhill Cranes. We offer patient and enthusiastic bird identification training. We will discuss natural history and habitat conservation for birds inhabiting the Harney Basin. Everyone gets a window seat on this tour for maximum viewing and comfort!

Friday - 12:00 to 5:00; 5 hours. Price $75

Sage Grouse "Strutting" Early Bird:SOLD OUT - ADD YOUR NAME TO THE WAITING LIST DURING REGISTRATION Join biologists Rod Klus and Autumn Larking from the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife for dawn viewing of the sage grouse mating rituals on their lek. This is your opportunity to view these elusive birds in their natural habitat as they greet the beginning of spring with their competitive struts and calls. Bring water and snacks. This tour is weather dependent. If sage grouse are not present at the lek in early April this tour may be cancelled. Refunds will be issued if the tour cancels.

Early Friday - 5:30 to 9:30 am; 4 hours. Price $50.


Skill Level – Intermediate

 

cinnamon teal drakeBirding British Style: One of our most popular tours! Join Oxford-trained ornithologist Duncan Evered for an insightful 8-hour field trip where we will make our subject the bird--its behavior, ecology, migrations, digestion and, well, you get the picture. Not just the name of the bird! Having lived and worked at the Malheur Field Station for nearly two decades, this Brit offers a unique perspective on the local birds and a pythonesque take on "The Meaning of Birding." With a bit of luck, we'll learn that identifying birds need not be the end of the pursuit, but rather the beginning of a wonderfully fulfilling experience. Participants must at least pretend to like Elgar’s music and, after signing the liability waiver, everyone will sample Marmite done right. Come hone your observational skills while having a jolly good time! Bring binoculars, lunch and water, and the walk of your choice…

Friday - 8:00 to 4:00; 8 hours. Price $80

Birding the Hot Spots:SOLD OUT - ADD YOUR NAME TO THE WAITING LIST DURING REGISTRATION If you’re new to the area or just want someone else to do the driving - this is the tour for you! Join local wildlife biologists for a personalized tour of Harney Basin birding hot spots. They will answer all of your birding questions and provide insight into the habitat needs of many of our spring migratory birds. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to quiz an expert and discover the best birding spots in the Basin.

Friday – 1:00 to 4:00; 3 hours; Price $40

Birds of Prey: Come soar with the eagles and search for raptors! View Bald Eagles exiting roosts, then drive along agriculture fields observing eagles and raptors hunting for prey. If weather and road conditions permit, the trip may extend into the Malheur National Forest to search for forest raptors. Bring snacks or lunch, and water.

Friday - 6:00 to 1:00, 7 hours; Price $80

Blue Mountain Forest Birds: SOLD OUT - ADD YOUR NAME TO THE WAITING LIST DURING REGISTRATIONJoin Paradise Birding for a trip into the Ponderosa Pine forest north of town. Your time in the forest will feature views of resident woodpeckers and other forest birds of the Blue Mountains. Our primary goal will be to find Black-backed Woodpecker in the burned forest, but we will also search for Hairy, Downy, and White-headed Woodpecker, plus Northern Flicker and sapsuckers. While we are woodpeckering, we will enjoy many other resident birds of the local forests, including nuthatches, chickadees, finches, jays and more. Forest raptors may include Northern Pygmy-Owl or Northern Goshawk. We will plan multiple stops in varied forest habitats for maximum species diversity. Dress warmly for the mountain weather. Your guide will offer patient and enthusiastic bird identification training, while discussing natural history and habitat conservation for birds in these mountain habitats. Everyone gets a window seat on this tour for maximum viewing and comfort!

Friday - 12:00 to 5:00, 5 hours. Price $75

White-faced ibis and snowy egret feeding in pond New Tour - Boca Lake Hiking: SOLD OUT - ADD YOUR NAME TO THE WAITING LIST DURING REGISTRATION Enjoy a leisurely 5-mile birding hike to one of the hidden gems of Malheur Refuge! Candace Larson, field biologist with the Portland Audubon Society, will guide you through this beautiful sub-basin of the Blitzen Valley, exploring the wetlands and surrounding habitats of the 600-acre Boca Lake. We can expect an abundance of waterbirds and plenty of upland species as we walk the road that circumnavigates the lake. Note that this area is normally closed to the public. Be prepared to be out of the vehicle for up to 6 hours; waterproof footwear and outerwear are recommended. Bring water and a bag lunch.

Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm; 8 hours. Price $90


Skill Level – Advanced

 

Extreme Birding The goal of these tours is to view over 100 plus bird species (and other wildlife) across the Harney Basin from the majestic old growth ponderosa pines on the Malheur National Forest to the spring fed ponds on Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.  Travel plans include visiting ponderosa pine (both burned and unburned sites), western juniper, sagebrush, agricultural fields, hot springs, wetlands, rim rock cliffs, sewage ponds, Silvies and Blitzen River floodplains, Page Springs and backyard hot spots on Friday. The Saturday tour will visit the highlights of Friday’s tour, which covers most areas. Everyone gets a window seat on this tour with plenty of birding stops with short walks! Local wildlife biologists Rick Vetter and Howard Richburg will serve as your tour guides for this jam packed day of birding, including discussions on habitat management and threats to native birds.  Bring binoculars, snacks, drinks and lunch.  We supply high quality spotting scopes and can help you with, photography, digi-scoping and IPAD birding apps.

Friday - 6:00 to 7:00; 13 hours. Price $130 

Southern Harney County and the Alvord Desert Lakes:SOLD OUT - ADD YOUR NAME TO THE WAITING LIST DURING REGISTRATION Spend the day with Tim Blount (harneyburder.com) exploring lakes and all that is between them on the east side of the Steens Mountain Escarpment. Tim will introduce you to the unique desert habitat of these seldom visited lakes and the surrounding area. You’ll see some of Oregon’s unique desert bird species while viewing waterfowl, a variety of birds and other wildlife. Over 90 species have been identified on this all-encompassing tour. Spotting scopes will be available or you can bring your own as you spend time at each of these lakes searching for wildlife. Bring snacks, drinks and lunch. 

Friday - 6:00 to 5:00; 11 hours.  Price $100 


Saturday Tours

 

Skill Level - Basic

 

New Tour - Catlow Valley Sage-Grouse Tour:

This tour is a unique opportunity to learn about sage-grouse in Harney County.  Your tour begins with a Fridasage-grouse pair on a harney county leky night stay at the Drovers Inn  in Frenchglen and a 6:30 pm family style dinner at the historic Frenchglen Hotel.  The tour will depart Saturday morning at 4:00 am from the Inn and will travel 1 ½ hours to a sage-grouse lek on the Ranch. A box breakfast will be provided for the drive to the lek. Tour participants will have 2 hours out of the vehicle to set up spotting scopes and camera tripods. Over 20 male sage-grouse will be “strutting” at the lek. This is an amazing opportunity to see and hear these unique birds in their natural setting.

Roaring Springs Ranch Biologist Andrew Shields will guide you on the tour and will share the results of sage-grouse research being conducted to learn more about these unique birds on the ranch. Roaring Springs Ranch in the Catlow Valley is part of the Harney County Candidate Conservation Agreement with Assurances; under the agreement landowners voluntarily agree to manage their lands to remove or reduce threats to sage-grouse. In return, landowners receive assurances against additional regulatory requirements should that species ever be listed under the Endangered Species Act.

The tour concludes at 10:00 am back at the Inn with plenty of time to join an afternoon tour or for bird watching in the Blitzen Valley on Malheur Refuge.

Tour participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from Frenchglen (60 miles south of Burns) for this tour. Tour fee includes overnight accommodations, dinner, breakfast and a portion of the fee will be donated to support ongoing sage-grouse research at the ranch.

Friday 6:30 pm to 10:00 am Saturday; 6 hours.  Price $210

Harney County Cattlewomen’s Working Ranch: Travel to a working cattle ranch with members of the Harney County Cattlewomen as your hosts.  You will be introduced to the ranch owners -- multi-generation, family ranchers.  They will explain ranch management techniques that are sustainable and support wildlife, especially migratory birds, in the Harney Basin.  Local range scientists from the Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center will provide a presentation on the work they are conducting and the benefits it provides to wildlife. CofPrice, water and cookies are provided at the ranch.

A beef tri-tip lunch (BBQ tri-tip, salad, cowboy beans, bread and beverage) is put on by the HC Cattlewomen at the EOARC and is included with the tour.

Saturday -- 7:30 to 2:30; 7 hours. Price $35

Llamas in Flight at the Double-O: Graced with plenty of water and marsh the Double-O Unit of Malheur Refuge is a popular landing zone. Habitat includes willow thickets, open water, tules, sedges and cattails, brush covered dunes and open fields. Jim Dastyck, wildlife biologist and birder will accompany the tour to add his expertise in identifying the more than thirty species we often see. These include pelicans, sandhill cranes, swallows, cinnamon teal, harriers, great horned owls, bold marsh wrens and even sora. This tour follows a level single-lane gravel track that is otherwise closed to the public. Hiking distance varies depending on the interests of the group, but generally is from three to five miles. This is a hands-on llama event. Each participant selects a llama to be their companion for the day and to carry whatever field gear the participant wishes to bring. Participants are encouraged to lead their llama and may participate in saddling if they choose. Except for the lunch location, the site is open and can be windy and cold. Suggested gear includes a hearty lunch, reference books and plenty of warm clothes. Camera gear, scopes and collapsible tripods can be accommodated, but should be well protected against possible jostling. Small folding chairs can also be packed along. Travel distance to the birding site is about forty miles and is a birding opportunity in its own right. Bring snacks, lunch and water.

Saturday - 8:00 to 4:00, 8 hours. Price $80

Paradise Birding—Birding the Silvies Flood Plain:SOLD OUT - ADD YOUR NAME TO THE WAITING LIST DURING REGISTRATION Join us for a half-day birding tour of the Silvies River flood plain, where the snowmelt from the Blue Mountains provides expansive waterbird habitat before it reaches Malheur Lake. This region is characterized by miles of privately owned grasslands and open pasture, with some sagebrush uplands scattered throughout. The start of irrigation season means these fields are filled with water which draws an abundance of waterbirds. We will search for more than eight species of raptors and up to 20 different waterfowl, including thousands of Snow and Ross's geese. We can also expect early arriving shorebirds and songbirds, plus large flocks of Sandhill Cranes. We offer patient and enthusiastic bird identification training. We will discuss natural history and habitat conservation for birds inhabiting the Harney Basin. Everyone gets a window seat on this tour for maximum viewing and comfort!

Saturday - 7:00 to 12:00 & 12:30 to 5:00 ; 5 hours. Price $75

flying sandhill crane Sandhill Crane Discovery: Discover the world of Sandhill Cranes with crane biologist Gary Ivey of the International    Crane Foundation. This tour will focus on finding sandhill cranes and learning about their biology and their  migration.  Gary is a Research Associate at the Foundation and works on research, monitoring, environmental  education, and  habitat conservation projects for the sake of crane conservation. For more information about  cranes around the world  visit www.savingcranes.org  Bring water and snacks.

 

Saturday - 8:00 to 10:00 MORNING TOUR IS SOLD OUT - ADD YOUR NAME TO THE WAITING LIST DURING REGISTRATION; and 

   2:00 to 4:00, 2 hours. 

   Price $30

 

Skill Level – Intermediate

 

Birding British Style:SOLD OUT - ADD YOUR NAME TO THE WAITING LIST DURING REGISTRATION One of our most popular tours! Join Oxford-trained ornithologist Duncan Evered for an insightful 8-hour field trip where we will make our subject the bird--its behavior, ecology, migrations, digestion and, well, you get the picture. Not just the name of the bird! Having lived and worked at the Malheur Field Station for nearly two decades, this Brit offers a unique perspective on the local birds and a pythonesque take on "The Meaning of Birding." With a bit of luck, we'll learn that identifying birds need not be the end of the pursuit, but rather the beginning of a wonderfully fulfilling experience. Participants must at least pretend to like Elgar’s music and, after signing the liability waiver, everyone will sample Marmite done right. Come hone your observational skills while having a jolly good time! Bring binoculars, lunch and water, and the walk of your choice…

Saturday - 8:00 to 4:00; 8 hours. Price $80

Birding the Hot Spots: SOLD OUT - ADD YOUR NAME TO THE WAITING LIST DURING REGISTRATION If you’re new to the area or just want someone else to do the driving - this is the tour for you! Join local wildlife biologists for a personalized tour of Harney Basin birding hot spots. They will answer all of your birding questions and provide insight into the habitat needs of many of our spring migratory birds. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to quiz an expert and discover the best birding spots in the Basin.

Saturday – 9:00 to 12:00; 3 hours; Price $40

Blue Mountain Forest Birds:  Join Paradise Birding for a trip into the Ponderosa Pine forest north of town. Your time in the forest will feature views of resident woodpeckers and other forest birds of the Blue Mountains. Our primary goal will be to find Black-backed Woodpecker in the burned forest, but we will also search for Hairy, Downy, and White-headed Woodpecker, plus Northern Flicker and sapsuckers. While we are woodpeckering, we will enjoy many other resident birds of the local forests, including nuthatches, chickadees, finches, jays and more. Forest raptors may include Northern Pygmy-Owl or Northern Goshawk. We will plan multiple stops in varied forest habitats for maximum species diversity. Dress warmly for the mountain weather. Your guide will offer patient and enthusiastic bird identification training, while discussing natural history and habitat conservation for birds in these mountain habitats. Everyone gets a window seat on this tour for maximum viewing and comfort!

Saturday - 7:00 to 12:00

Saturday - 12:30 to 5:00; SOLD OUT - ADD YOUR NAME TO THE WAITING LIST DURING REGISTRATION 

5 hours. Price $75

New Tour - Journey Behind the Gates:SOLD OUT - ADD YOUR NAME TO THE WAITING LIST DURING REGISTRATION Join Malheur Refuge Biologist Faye Healey and ornithologist Brandon Six for a day full of bird watching in the Blitzen Valley on Malheur Refuge. You’ll journey into areas closed to public access to see a wide variety of bird species, visit Boca Lake one of the most productive wetlands on the refuge and visit the heron and cormorant rookery at the historic Sod House Ranch.

Saturday: 6:00 to 3:00; 9 hours. Price $100

White geese feeding in a grazed field


Skill Level – Advanced

 

Extreme Birding The goal of these tours is to view over 100 plus bird species (and other wildlife) across the Harney Basin from the majestic old growth ponderosa pines on the Malheur National Forest to the spring fed ponds on Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.  Travel plans include visiting ponderosa pine (both burned and unburned sites), western juniper, sagebrush, agricultural fields, hot springs, wetlands, rim rock cliffs, sewage ponds, Silvies and Blitzen River floodplains, Page Springs and backyard hot spots on Friday. The Saturday tour will visit the highlights of Friday’s tour, which covers most areas. Everyone gets a window seat on this tour with plenty of birding stops with short walks! Local wildlife biologists Rick Vetter and Howard Richburg will serve as your tour guides for this jam packed day of birding, including discussions on habitat management and threats to native birds.  Bring binoculars, snacks, drinks and lunch.  We supply high quality spotting scopes and can help you with, photography, digi-scoping and IPAD birding apps.

Saturday - 6:00 to 4:00; 10 hours. Price $100     

Southern Harney County and the Alvord Desert Lakes:SOLD OUT - ADD YOUR NAME TO THE WAITING LIST DURING REGISTRATION Spend the day with Tim Blount (www.harneybirder.com) exploring lakes and all that is between them on the east side of the Steens Mountain Escarpment. Tim will introduce you to the unique desert habitat of these seldom visited lakes and the surrounding area. You’ll see some of Oregon’s unique desert bird species while viewing waterfowl, a variety of birds and other wildlife. Over 90 species have been identified on this all-encompassing tour. Spotting scopes will be available or you can bring your own as you spend time at each of these lakes searching for wildlife. Bring snacks, drinks and lunch. 

Saturday - 6:00 to 5:00; 11 hours.  Price $100 


Sunday Tours

 

Skill Level - Basic

Llama ranch tour participants meet a baby llama

Llama Ranching Amid the Flocks: Our Mama Llama ranch is located in the flat meadowland just three miles north of Burns. Canada geese neston the slough. Snow geese by the thousands gather on the hay field. Curlews, ibises and cranes grace the fields nearby. It’s a wonderful place to mix llamas and birds. This three hour tour focuses on the llamas. It is our opportunity to present you with a complete background on the care, history, breeding and uses of these fascinating animals. Collectively we have nearly sixty years of experience that covers all manner of llama activities, ranging from leading a 4H club, to training llamas to pull carts or take lengthy wilderness pack trips. This ranch visit is also a hands-on experience. You will have the opportunity to practice grooming and training techniques with a llama in hand. If you wish and as time permits, we will take a short hike through the fields. The three-hour tour provides an excellent opportunity to answer your questions at length.

Sunday - 9:00 to 12:00; 3 hours. Price $30.

Paradise Birding—Birding the Silvies Flood Plain: Join us for a half-day birding tour of the Silvies River flood plain, where the snowmelt from the Blue Mountains provides expansive waterbird habitat before it reaches Malheur Lake. This region is characterized by miles of privately owned grasslands and open pasture, with some sagebrush uplands scattered throughout. The start of irrigation season means these fields are filled with water which draws an abundance of waterbirds. We will search for more than eight species of raptors and up to 20 different waterfowl, including thousands of Snow and Ross's geese. We can also expect early arriving shorebirds and songbirds, plus large flocks of Sandhill Cranes. We offer patient and enthusiastic bird identification training. We will discuss natural history and habitat conservation for birds inhabiting the Harney Basin. Everyone gets a window seat on this tour for maximum viewing and comfort!

Sunday - 7:00 to 12:00; 5 hours. Price $75

Pair of sandhill cranes in a field Sandhill Crane Discovery: Discover the world of Sandhill Cranes with crane biologist Gary Ivey of the International Crane  Foundation. This tour will focus on finding sandhill cranes and learning about their biology and their migration. Gary is a  Research Associate at the Foundation and works on research, monitoring, environmental education, and habitat  conservation projects for the sake of crane conservation. For more information about cranes around the world  visit www.savingcranes.org  Bring water and snacks.

 Sunday – 8:00 to 10:00, 2 hours, Price $30

 

 

Skill Level – Intermediate

Birding British Style: One of our most popular tours! Join Oxford-trained ornithologist Duncan Evered for an insightful 8-hour field trip where we will make our subject the bird--its behavior, ecology, migrations, digestion and, well, you get the picture. Not just the name of the bird! Having lived and worked at the Malheur Field Station for nearly two decades, this Brit offers a unique perspective on the local birds and a pythonesque take on "The Meaning of Birding." With a bit of luck, we'll learn that identifying birds need not be the end of the pursuit, but rather the beginning of a wonderfully fulfilling experience. Participants must at least pretend to like Elgar’s music and, after signing the liability waiver, everyone will sample Marmite done right. Come hone your observational skills while having a jolly good time! Bring binoculars, lunch and water, and the walk of your choice…

Sunday - 8:00 to 4:00; 8 hours. Price $80

Birding the Hot Spots: SOLD OUT - ADD YOUR NAME TO THE WAITING LIST DURING REGISTRATION If you’re new to the area or just want someone else to do the driving - this is the tour for you! Join local wildlife biologists for a personalized tour of Harney Basin birding hot spots. They will answer all of your birding questions and provide insight into the habitat needs of many of our spring migratory birds. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to quiz an expert and discover the best birding spots in the Basin.

Sunday – 8:00 to 11:00; 3 hours; Price $40

Birds of Prey: Come soar with the eagles and search for raptors! View Bald Eagles exiting roosts, then drive along agriculture fields observing eagles and raptors hunting for prey. If weather and road conditions permit, the trip may extend into the Malheur National Forest to search for forest raptors. Bring snacks or lunch, and water.

Sunday - 6:00 to 1:00, 7 hours; Price $80

Blue Mountain Forest Birds: Join Paradise Birding for a trip into the Ponderosa Pine forest north of town. Your time in the forest will feature views of resident woodpeckers and other forest birds of the Blue Mountains. Our primary goal will be to find Black-backed Woodpecker in the burned forest, but we will also search for Hairy, Downy, and White-headed Woodpecker, plus Northern Flicker and sapsuckers. While we are woodpeckering, we will enjoy many other resident birds of the local forests, including nuthatches, chickadees, finches, jays and more. Forest raptors may include Northern Pygmy-Owl or Northern Goshawk. We will plan multiple stops in varied forest habitats for maximum species diversity. Dress warmly for the mountain weather. Your guide will offer patient and enthusiastic bird identification training for birders of all skill and ability levels, while discussing natural history and habitat conservation for birds in these mountain habitats. Everyone gets a window seat on this tour for maximum viewing and comfort!

Sunday  - 7:00 to 12:00; 5 hours. Price $75

Ruddy duck drake in breeding plummageNew Tour - Hike the Wild Double-O: Unique unto itself, the “Wilds” of the Double-O unit at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge are a blend of playas, dunes, meadows, lakes and ponds. Join naturalist Elzi Volk on this adventurous hike to the Stinking Lake Research Natural Area. This 2.5 mile hike will include off-trail hiking over uneven ground. Be the first to explore where natural features are preserved for scientific purposes and natural processes are allowed to dominate. Hiking boots are a must. If weather does not allow a hiking trip, the tour will migrate to a driving tour. Bring water, snacks and lunch.

Sunday – 8:00 to 2:00; 6 hours. Price $70

Willows, Cattails and Meadows - Oh My: Ever wonder why birds use some areas more than others? What entices birds to rest and nest at different locations? Ducks Unlimited Field Biologist and expert bird watcher Chris Colson specializes in restoring habitat for birds in the Pacific Northwest. You will learn how to detect the best habitat viewing locations for your favorite birds; understand which plants birds prefer during various seasons of the year; and gain insight into the life-cycle of many birds using the Harney Basin. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to bird watch with an expert! Bring water, snacks and lunch.

Sunday - 7:00 to 12:00; 5 Hours. Price $60