BIRD CRAWL

IN PERSON, FLEXIBLE TIMING, IN THE FIELD

Think ‘pub crawl,’ but with a vehicle (not walking) and birds (not beer…you're driving!). Meet up
with biologists, scientists, wildlife spotters or subject matter experts in the field! We’ve
strategically selected several locations throughout Harney County where you can drive to
yourself and join a specialist who will help with birding in that area, share information and
guidance, and support a great birding experience in the field. Free; no registration required!

**Take along your festival passport + get it stamped at eight different locations = get a
2022 Harney County Bird Festival commemorative pint glass!  


 

***The SCHEDULE for when specialists will be available at these locations is printed in the BIRD CRAWL passport.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 22
HEAD SOUTH TO MALHEUR NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE & SURROUNDING AREAS
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PAGE SPRINGS CAMPGROUND - Wrens, robins, quail, flicker, kingfisher, 

From the center stoplight in Burns at Parr Lumber, take State Highway 78 southeast for approximately 2 miles. Turn right onto State Highway 205 and travel south for 60 miles to Frenchglen, Oregon. Just past Frenchglen, turn left onto the Steens Mountain Loop Road. Follow the Loop Road for approximately 3 miles before turning into Page Springs Campground to the right, just across the Donner und Blitzen River.

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BENSON POND - Great horned owls, swallows, tundra and trumpeter swans

From the center stoplight in Burns at Parr Lumber, take State Highway 78 southeast for approximately 2 miles. Turn right onto State Highway 205 and travel south for 47.1 miles. Turn left on Krumbo Reservoir Rd, then take the first right onto Center Patrol Road. Follow for approximately 1 mile to Benson Pond. Turn left; pond will be on your right. 

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MALHEUR REFUGE HEADQUARTERS - Great horned owls, Red Tail hawks

From the center stoplight in Burns at Parr Lumber take State Highway 78 southeast for approximately 2 miles. Turn right onto State Highway 205 and travel south for 23.9 miles to The Narrows, Oregon. Turn left onto Narrows-Princeton Rd/Sodhouse Ln. Follow for approximately 6 miles before turning left at Center Patrol Rd and into Headquarters. 

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P RANCH - Bullock's Oriole, Willows Flycatcher, Cedar Waxwing, Western Tanager, vultures

From the center stoplight in Burns at Parr Lumber, take State Highway 78 southeast for approximately 2 miles. Turn right onto State Highway 205 and travel south for 60 miles to Frenchglen, Oregon. Just past Frenchglen, turn left onto the Steens Mountain Loop Road. Follow the Loop Road for approximately 2.5 miles, then turn left onto Center Patrol Road. The P Ranch is just ahead, on your left. 

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BUENA VISTA OVERLOOK -  Wrens, swallows, sparrows, Bullocks Oriole, Western Kingbird

From the center stoplight in Burns at Parr Lumber, take State Highway 78 southeast for approximately 2 miles. Turn right onto State Highway 205 and travel south for approximately 38.7 miles, then turn left onto the gravel toward Buena Vista Station. Take the first right and follow the road around the hill and to the top of the knob to park and walk a very short distance to the overlook. 

SATURDAY, APRIL 23
STAY CENTRAL/NORTH - SILVIES FLOOD PLAIN, AROUND TOWN & SURROUNDING AREAS
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FOLEY DRIVE / WEST LOOP ROAD - Shorebirds, waterfowl, gulls, sparrows, raptors, crows

From the center stoplight in Burns at Parr Lumber, take Broadway Avenue north for approximately 0.5 mile, then turn left onto Foley Drive. Follow Foley Dr (which eventually becomes Foley Rd) for 3.33 miles. Your destination is at the house on the left, across Foley Rd from Lone Pine Rd. 

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HARNEY COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS / WASTE WATER PONDS - Waterfowl, gulls, raptors, swallows

From the center stoplight in Burns at Parr Lumber, take Broadway Avenue south for 0.16 miles. Turn a slight right onto Railroad Avenue and travel approximately 0.39 miles, then turn left onto Egan Avenue. Drive 1.28 miles on Egan Ave (which turns into Egan Rd, which turns into Hotchkiss Ln) and then turn right into the Harney County Fairgrounds. Drive to the far west side of the fairgrounds to access the waste water ponds.

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IDLEWILD CAMPGROUND - Woodpeckers, sapsuckers, corvids, jays, nuthatches, chickadees

From the center stoplight in Burns, take Broadway Avenue/Hwy 20 E for 2.8 miles to the junction with US Highway 395. Turn left onto US Hwy 395 and head north for approximately 14.6 miles to the junction with Forest Road 2820. Turn right, and continue on Forest Road 2820 for 0.8 miles to the junction with Idlewild Campground Road.  Follow Idlewild Road for approximately 1 mile to the campground.

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EASTERN OREGON AG RESEARCH CENTER - Sandhill cranes, avocets, ravens, crows, waterfowl

From the center stoplight in Burns at Parr Lumber, take State Highway 78 southeast for approximately 2 miles. Turn right onto State Highway 205 and travel south for approximately 4.95 miles, then turn right into the Ag Research Center. 

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CRYSTAL CRANE HOT SPRINGS - Coots, grebes, eagles, sparrows, ducks

From the center stoplight in Burns at Parr Lumber, take State Highway 78 southeast for approximately 25.4 miles. Turn left into the hot springs compound.