This festival would not be possible without the tremendous effort and steady support of our committed partners. 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 2023 supporters and celebrate their part in the Harney County Migratory Bird Festival!
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
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 NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
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
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
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.
HARNEY COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
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.
U.S. FWS, MALHEUR NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
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.
LIONS CLUB OF HARNEY COUNTY
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!**
HARNEY COUNTY CATTLEWOMEN
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.
LONE PINE GUEST RANCH
Lone Pine Guest Ranch is a Bed & Breakfast with clean, quiet and beautifully furnished rooms. Each unit includes a private bath, kitchenette with refrigerator, sink coffee maker and dishes. Enjoy your own fireplace and private decks. The view of the Steens Mountain and all surrounding mountains are breathtaking. We are proud that we are probably one of the only places that hosts nightly and daily breathtaking views of the Steens Mountains. Views, privacy, cozy rooms and unsurpassed beauty with quick access to downtown Burns. Lone Pine Guest Ranch provides hay rides, bird watching, star gazing and incredible sunset views. The Silvies River and Five Mile Dam area with the surrounding Harney Valley make for a panoramic view.
EAST CASCADES AUDUBON SOCIETY
East Cascades Audubon Society is a local organization, specializing in Central Oregon ornithology. We gather local data and both sponsor and participate in projects that help protect local bird populations.
Worthy Environmental was established as the Worthy Garden Club in 2013; a small organization offering education in sustainable gardening and native plant landscaping, and uniquely, an opportunity to learn about the cosmos in the only professional observatory within Bend's city limits. Since our inception, we have grown to include a small-scale regenerative farm and an active conservation program completing on-the-ground restoration and conservation of natural areas throughout the west. We also work closely with and support the academic and science community completing primary research into the importance of mature and old-growth forests around the world. These essential programs have expanded the scope and impact of Worthy Environmental well beyond the original vision.
Our mission remains the same: to cultivate a community of environmental stewards. But our methods, scope, and impacts continue to evolve and expand. We're excited about the work we do, and look forward to what the future brings for us and for the issues we're most passionate about.
Matt Obradovich (BLM), Rick Hall (BLM, retired), Rick Vetter (U.S. Forest Service, retired), Joan Suther (BLM/U.S. Forest Service, retired), Stephenie Bonson (BLM), Jim Soupir, Karen Jacobs, Roy Sutcliffe (U.S. Forest Service), April and Erik Brown, Julian Hwa, Camelia Zollars (Portland Audubon), Larry and Cheryl Hill (Friends of Malheur Refuge), Alexa Martinez (FWS), Lauren Alfrey (U.S. Forest Service), Dan Streiffert (Friends of Malheur Refuge), Chris Colson (Ducks Unlimited), Tory Schmidt (Sage Designworks), Karen Nitz (Harney County Library, Western History Room), Candace and Jack Hansen (Roaring Springs Ranch), Gary Luhm, Laurel Mundy, (Laurel Mundy Illustration), Alan Contreras.
SUNRIVER NATURE CENTER & OBSERVATORY
Our mission is to inspire present and future generations to cherish and understand our natural world. The Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory will be every person’s gateway to an expanding world of information in the natural sciences. By focusing on education, research, and conservation, we will be recognized as Central Oregon’s foremost authority on the natural sciences. We are committed to the pursuit of excellence. We believe the quality of the personal relationships shared by visitors, volunteers, and staff is imperative to our success as a viable organization. We adhere to the highest professional standards and value teamwork, communication, trust and respect. Our volunteers and staff are a team that value dedication, quality, honesty, integrity, responsibility, and creativity. We value and respect individual effort and personal growth, but it is as a team that progress is made and goals are met.
SYMMETRY CARE, INC.
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.
CALAMITY BUTTE GUIDE SERVICES
Calamity Butte Guide Service specializes in unique tours in remote areas of Southeast Oregon. Calamity guides hikes, geology tours, and overland trips- all of which focus on scenery, wildlife, geology, history, and land use. They also lead Plein Air art tours using multiple media including watercolor, acrylic, and ink. Most tours are custom built to the client’s individual needs and interests.
HARNEY COUNTY LIBRARY
Honor the Past. Embrace the Future. Learn about the fascinating history of Harney County in the Western Room or through our online resources. Interview family members for oral history in the recording room or listen to one of the more than 500 interviews already recorded. Check out books, movies, audiobooks, magazines, cake pans, games, hotspots, laptops, and more. Use our digital resources to stream movies, download books and audios or learn a new language. Computers are available for public use and the free Wi-Fi is always on. There is a notary public on staff; the service is free. Check out free seeds from our seed library in the spring. Come to one of our interesting, educational, entertaining programs for all ages. The library provides free access to information, a place for dialogue, and a comfortable public space. Everyone is welcome.
BURNS LLAMA TRAILBLAZERS
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.
BIG R STORES
Big R, founded in 1962 in the small towns of La Junta and Lamar, CO, began as a small family owned and operated business. From its inception Big R has strived to be the dominant farm, ranch, and home retail chain for each of the markets it makes home. Big R is the top merchant for your home, farm, and ranch. We supply pet, clothing, footwear, sporting goods, hardware, automotive and more. let Big R be the place to help you out. We're here for you!
LEUPOLD & STEVENS
Leupold & Stevens, Inc. is an American manufacturer of telescopic sights, red dot sights, binoculars, rangefinders, spotting scopes, and eyewear located in Beaverton, Oregon, United States. The company, started in 1907, is on its fifth generation of family ownership
BG MICHAEL IMAGES
Brandon McMullen is a Photographer located in the High Desert of rural Oregon. After 15 + years of pouring my passions into coaching high school basketball I made a shift in my life to more fully invest, explore, learn, and embrace my borderline obsessive enjoyment in this craft. I hope you enjoy my growing portfolio spanning multiple genres including: natural and urban Landscape, Sports/Action, and Portrait. My aim with all of my photography is to create a small space in time that is engaging in a way which keeps the viewer coming back to it over and over again.
Since 1940, the iconic Tower has been the center of downtown Bend. Fully renovated in 2004, the Art Deco Moderne venue remains Central Oregon’s premier stage. The Tower is a hub for culture, connections, and artistic experiences. It is “Bend’s Living Room.” Hundreds of nonprofit and community organizations use our stage each year. And the next generation of theatre-goers enjoy LessonPLAN programs that engage their minds and hearts.
STEENS VIEW CABIN
Come enjoy our brand new log cabin nestled in the trees overlooking the town of Frenchglen and enjoy stunning views of Steens Mountain and the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. If you are looking for lodging in Frenchglen come stay in the cabin! We spent over 2 years planning and building this cabin to be the perfect place to vacation while enjoying the Steens Mountain area. The large windows provide magnificent views, while the western red cedar walls and natural pine ceilings will give you that cozy cabin feel. The hillside overlooking Frenchglen provides a panoramic view of the Malheur Refuge, Blitzen Valley, and Steens Mountain. Relax on the covered porch and listen to sandhilll cranes and coyotes serenade you in the distance. This is the perfect new option for lodging in Frenchglen!
RURAL ROOTS RANCH
We all want delicious, fresh, nourishing food to feed our families. It shouldn’t be a struggle. Here on the high desert of rural southeastern Oregon, our concerns are no different! With the help of our six kids, from our toddler to our teenagers, we raise pastured pork, poultry, eggs and grass-finished beef. Become part of our farm family! Let us share with you the same mouth-watering, nutritious meat that our family enjoys. Our critters live happy lives outdoors, grazing our pastures and soaking up the sunshine as nature intended. To make it convenient for you, we deliver to your door or pick-up your order at one of our drop sites near you.
Doverspike Beef is a multi-generational family cattle operation in the high desert of Eastern Oregon. We have a long standing tradition of raising superior cattle that start with premium genetics and are humanely raised with the utmost care so that you can know where your beef comes from. Doverspike Beef is always grass-fed, grain-finished, and dry-aged resulting in outstanding flavor and marbling in every bite.
AMERICA'S BEST VALUE INN
Americas Best Value Inn Burns offers the most value for your money when staying for business, pleasure, or just passing through. We offer clean spacious rooms and free Wi-Fi throughout the property. Our hotel features a heated indoor pool and a hot tub. All guest rooms include microwave, mini-fridge, coffeemaker, hairdryer, 32 inch flat panel cable TV, HBO, ESPN, iron, ironing board, table with chairs, and alarm clock radio. Take advantage of our extremely comfortable beds and relax while saving money year-round with our Kids Stay Free Policy (11 and under in parent's room). For your convenience our hotel is a 100 percent smoke free property. Sorry, no pets allowed.