This festival would not be possible without the tremendous effort and steady support of our committed partners and sponsors. It takes many, many months each year to plan and execute an event of this size and not one of us could do it without the other.


Please take the time to recognize our supporters (click their logos to learn more) and celebrate their part in the Harney County Migratory Bird Festival! 


The BLM was established in 1946, but its roots go back to the years after America’s independence, when the young nation began acquiring additional lands.  At first, these lands were used to encourage homesteading and westward migration.  The General Land Office was created in 1812 to support this national goal.  Over time, values and attitudes regarding public lands shifted, and President Harry S. Truman, by means of a government reorganization, merged the GLO and another agency, the U.S. Grazing Service, creating the BLM. The Bureau of Land Management's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.


Friends of Malheur Refuge was founded in 1999 to promote the conservation and appreciation of natural and cultural resources at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in southeast Oregon. From our office at Refuge Headquarters, we proudly assist Refuge staff with interpretive programs, habitat restoration, visitor services and other Refuge projects. In addition to partnering with the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service in supporting the Refuge, we work toward continued recognition of the environmental, spiritual and economic value of our nation’s public lands, lands that belong to all of us.


Audubon Society of Portland is devoted to the conservation of Oregon's last remaining wild places. We promote the understanding, enjoyment, and protection of native birds, other wildlife and their habitats. Our work includes conservation, education, wildlife rehabilitation, sanctuaries, volunteerism, and birding. 


High Desert Partnership brings together citizens, agencies and diverse public interest groups in Harney County Oregon to enhance our communities using a collaborative process. Through the support of High Desert Partnership, collaborative groups are finding common ground on issues and are moving forward with solutions. It can be said that High Desert Partnership is the gas that keeps collaborative efforts creating and sustaining healthy ecosystems, a vibrant community and a strong economy. One ecological collaborative High Desert Partnership supports that is working to restore migratory bird habitat is the Harney Basin Wetland Initiative, learn about it below.


Malheur National Wildlife Refuge was established on August 18, 1908, by President Theodore Roosevelt as the Lake Malheur Reservation. Roosevelt set aside unclaimed government lands encompassed by Malheur, Mud and Harney Lakes “as a preserve and breeding ground for native birds.” People and wildlife have been drawn to the resources of this oasis of wetlands in the high desert of Oregon for thousands of years. With over 320 bird species, Malheur is a mecca for birdwatchers.


The Harney County Chamber of Commerce brings value to its members by promoting economic well being through leadership and advocacy for business, industry, education and tourism.


Ducks Unlimited is the world's leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation. DU got its start in 1937 during the Dust Bowl when North America's drought-plagued waterfowl populations had plunged to unprecedented lows. Determined not to sit idly by as the continent's waterfowl dwindled beyond recovery, a small group of sportsmen joined together to form an organization that became known as Ducks Unlimited. Its mission: habitat conservation.


Like all National Forests, the Malheur belongs to all Americans and is managed under the multiple-use principle "for the greatest good of the greatest number in the long run." The diverse and beautiful scenery of the forest includes high desert grasslands, sage and juniper, pine, fir and other tree species, and the hidden gems of alpine lakes and meadows. To reach our mission of caring for the land and serving the people, we rely on our many partners, volunteers, contractors, tribes, and advisory committees to help us.  We all share a common goal to take care of our public lands as well as support our local communities.


The Harney Basin Wetlands Initiative is a group of local ranchers, agencies, and conservation groups that are collaborating to find solutions for the ecological challenges that face land management in the Harney Basin. The land and water of Harney Basin has continental significance for migratory birds and is one of the foundations for traditional agricultural economies in Harney County. Those collaborating within the Harney Basin Wetland Initiative are working toward a future in which Malheur Lake is restored and providing birds the food and rest they need to continue their journeys. Ranch lands surrounding Malheur Refuge turn into wet meadows every spring providing productive irrigation and expanded bird habitat. The economy is fed by working ranches that help make Harney Basin a bird watching mecca. 


SAGE DesignWorks is a local Burns business that produces excellent painted murals, vinyl vehicle wraps, and any kind of sign or sticker you can imagine. Made up of a husband and wife team: one local and one an import from Minnesota. The two met in Montana at Architecture school and have been establishing their artistic and design skills as well as developing professional designer/artist relationships ever since.


Tory grew up in Burns and has been in the design industry since graduating from MSU in 2013 with and undergrad in Environmental Design and Jeff went to school for Architecture, as well as Religious Studies, and has been working in the graphics industry for 6 years. Jeff also has 5 years of recreational guiding experience in Montana.


They prioritize recreation in their lives and also spend a lot of time throughout eastern Oregon obtaining beautiful rocks, searching for cool historical locations, and driving ridiculous distances on less than desirable roads. Their overall goal in Harney County is to combine their artistic and design skills to bolster the recreational industry and help develop the recreational opportunities available. Stop by their business’ location inside Spark Collaborative Studios at 341 N Broadway and see what they have to offer!  


The Burns Times-Herald, established in 1887, has served Harney County since the earliest days of its settlement. The publication covers Harney County, a frontier community newspaper. The focus of the newspaper is community life, events, activities and people. The Burns Times-Herald is published weekly on Wednesdays. Supplements to the newspaper include Destination Harney County, a visitor’s guide to recreation, services, and businesses in the local area.

The Burns Times-Herald truly “Covers Harney County Like the Sagebrush.”


Paradise Birding prides itself on offering tours that appeal to birders from all walks of life and with a wide range of skills and abilities. Several things set us apart from other companies: small groups, two U.S. guides per tour, multiple nights at each location, excellent food, more than just birds, conservation commitment, and innovative itineraries.  Owner/Operator Stephen A. Shunk was raised with a deep love and respect for nature, and he went on to study Meteorology and Environmental Studies at San Jose State University. Steve began birding in the Bay Area in 1989, and he started teaching birding classes in 1992. After moving to central Oregon in 1997, he founded the Paradise Birding tour company. Now an accomplished professional naturalist, Steve leads birding and natural history tours throughout the Americas, as well as destinations in Asia and Europe.


Greetings from the Oregon Outback. Here in the rugged desert of Harney County we breed and train Classic Ccara Llamas for work and performance.Our breeding program is dedicated to producing intelligent, friendly, hardworking llamas with the conformation and spunk of an athlete. Our animals have the endurance to put in a full day on the trail, the elegance to win in the show ring, and the temperament to be a trusted companion. As part of our effort to produce excellent well-rounded workers, we train them to pack, pull carts, guard livestock and enjoy human companionship.


HCCW is a group of individuals who promote beef and the ranching way of life, while enhancing educational opportunities.  We provide 5 students scholarships of $500 each year and 2 $600 scholarships to teachers interested in attending Summer Ag Institute in LaGrande, OR for a week in June.  Our annual Cattlewomen’s Scholarship Breakfast, held during the Harney Co. Fair and donations help us provide these scholarships.  HCCW provides free beef certificates, a western bib and beef nutritional information to every newborn born at Harney District Hospital.  We also support our K-12 students by presenting beef and ranching information in various classrooms and assisting them in preparing a beef dish.  We then provide free beef certificates to each classroom we visit.


Here at the historical Frenchglen Hotel we are committed to being sure that your stay here is a comfortable and enjoyable one.  The Hotel is a quiet wayside in a busy and hectic world.  We have a number of brochures at the Hotel to help you plan your days and our friendly staff is extremely knowledgeable about the area.


This family-owned nanobrewery is tucked away in picturesque southeast Oregon.  All beer is brewed small batch with over eight varieties of regional heirloom hops (some grown onsite the brewery’s hop yard). Each beer is inspired by a must-visit Harney County landmark or event. The focus is on all-grain brewing recipes with only whole-leaf hops.

**Steens Mountain Brewing will host "Are You A Bird Nerd?" Trivia Night on Wednesday, April 15!**


Claire Isabel McGill Luce was an accomplished businesswoman and philanthropist born in Andrews, Harney County, Oregon. Best known as the wife of Time Magazine publisher Henry Luce, III, she worked her way up the corporate ranks from humble beginnings. In 1969, Luce heard that a new library was being planned for Burns and determined to preserve the history of the county she loved. It was Luce's goal to encourage the local community not only to appreciate its rich history but to preserve it for future generations. Her vision culminated in the addition of the Claire McGill Luce Western History Room to the Harney County Library in 2006. 

**Karen Nitz, Archivist for the Western History Room, will lead two walking tours in downtown Burns during the 2020 Migratory Bird Festival. Thank you Karen!**


Lions serve. It’s that simple, and it has been since we first began in 1917. Our clubs are places where individuals join together to give their valuable time and effort to improving their communities, and the world. Our Mission: To empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs. Our Vision: To be the global leader in community and humanitarian service.

**The Lions Club of Harney County provides all materials and hands-on support for the kid's Birdhouse Building Workshop!**


Emery & Sons Construction is an industry leader for underground utilities and site-work of all scopes and sizes. From subdivisions to pump stations to major infrastructure projects, we have earned an outstanding reputation for successful projects from start to finish.  A complete commitment to serve our clients has helped build our company into one of the most versatile underground contractors in the industry.

**Emery & Sons generously donates a multi-passenger van for guided tours during the Migratory Bird Festival.**


The Wadatika (literally wada-seed-eaters) band of Paiutes lived in southern and central Oregon whose reservation is in Harney County, Oregon. The Burns Paiute Tribe (BPT) is, Oregon’s smallest with Tribal enrollment at 420 members and has been a federally recognized Tribe since 1972.  The BPT have been present in the northern Great Basin of Oregon for thousands of years before the formation of the Cascade Mountains. In 1935, a 771-acre parcel was purchased by the Tribe through a loan by the federal government which is now known as the BPT reservation. Approximately 150 Tribal members live on the reservation itself, with another two hundred living in the adjacent town of Burns, Or.


Today tribal members continue to hunt and gather traditional food such as roots, camas, bitterroot and biscuit root. Willows and Tule are gathered for making baskets, cradleboards and duck decoys. The hunting of elk, deer, groundhog, jackrabbit and fish are continued supplement of food for the community. The Tribe host’s an annual pow-wow to celebrate their culture, history and identity. The Tribal Government include 10 departments and several committees. The departments ensure essential services to the community and promote tribal policy when dealing with federal and state entities.


The Aspens Living Center, proudly serving older and disabled adults in Harney County since 1996, is among the first rural, non-profit, assisted living community of its kind. Harney Pioneer Homes, Inc., a local non-profit organization with a governing board of directors composed of long standing members of Burns, Hines, and surrounding communities, are committed to serve, passionate about the local community and its local citizens, and dedicated to upholding a well regarded reputation for customer satisfaction. It is for this reason that The Aspens really is in a league of it's own. Our compassionate, respectful and loving care staff is at the core of our resident and family satisfaction and is our signature service.


Your mental health and wellness is our priority. You don’t have be diagnosed with serious mental illness to benefit from therapy. You may have had experiences that keep you from enjoying or engaging life. You may have problems that are causing you significant stress. It can help to talk with someone who is trained to help you identify your coping strengths and abilities during times when you may not see them yourself.

Symmetry Care Inc. is focused on providing balanced, effective and compassionate treatment strategies that empower you to overcome these challengers, better manage your mental health, and remove addiction barriers.


Our services are designed to work with you in a partnership of wellness; we will collaborate with you, and any family members or others you have chosen, to develop a plan to address and resolve your concerns. Additionally, we will communicate with your health care provider, according to your preferences, to best support coordination of all of healthcare needs so that your physical and mental healing and wellness are addressed together.


For over 40 years Big R has been committed to bringing RANCH, FARM & HOME SUPPLIES to rural communities in the west. Stop by, and you'll see why we believe in what we do and sell everyday at Big R!!

**Big R has generously donated drinking water and jerky for every registered 2020 Migratory Bird Festival participant. Thank you Big R!!**


Best Western Rory & Ryan Inns Hines is the perfect lodging choice for your trip to Oregon. With numerous amenities for guests such as 24 hour front desk, hot tub or spa, laundry, you will wake up at Best Western Rory Ryan Inns Hines feeling invigorated every day for your time in Hines.

**Best Western has generously donated guest rooms for several Harney County Migratory Bird Festival tour guides and visiting staff. THANK YOU BEST WESTERN!**

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More businesses/organizations:

Harney County Business Community  |  Roaring Springs Ranch  |  Harney County School District #3  

Unaffiliated volunteers:

Joan Suther  |  Rick Vetter  |  Rick Hall  |  Jim Soupier  |  Karen Jacobs  |  Dick Smith  |  Dave Vickstrom  |  Scott Thomas  |  Louisa Evers  |  Gary Ivey  |  Kurt Beaubien  |  Kyle Johnson  |