SET-TIME EXPERIENCES

Part of a great festival weekend is spending time in our community with locals and fellow birders alike. Some activities just require set stop and go times!

Check out these in-person experiences. Some require pre-registration, online. 

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DIAMOND CRATERS GEOLOGY TOUR

Thursday, April 21, 1 to 5 p.m.  |  Sunday, April 24, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.  |  $60

Calamity Butte Guide Service

Join Calamity Butte Guide Service owner and leader, Jeff Schmidt, on a guided tour of Diamond Craters Outstanding Natural Area in southeast Oregon. Participants will drive themselves on this caravan-style tour, with several stops along the way to see and hear about the geologic history and special features of this unique area. There are excellent opportunities for bird watching- especially raptors. This tour is family-friendly with many opportunities to get out of the vehicle and explore! Directions to the meet up location are provided in your registration confirmation.

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WHEN, WHERE & HOW TO BIRD HARNEY COUNTY 

Thursday, April 21, 2022  |  2 to 3 p.m.  |  $20  

Harney County Community Center - 484 N Broadway, Burns

Presenter: Dan Streiffert, Photographer and Friends of Malheur Refuge member

Birding the vast expanse of Harney County's 10,000+ sq. miles can be daunting. Which birds are where? and when? Dan Streiffert has been birding and photographing in Harney County for 12+ years. This presentation showcases his approach to taking advantage of particular birding 'routes' that cover the diverse landscape and discovers the array of birds and other wildlife available. Dan will share tips and tricks for seeing particular species at different times of the day or throughout the year. 

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KIDS' NATURE FUN FAIR

Thursday, April 21, 6 to 7 p.m. |  FREE

Harney County Community Center - 484 N Broadway, Burns

Head to the Harney County Community Center and participate in a community-sponsored nature fun fair. Symmetry Care, Department of Human Services, Burns Paiute Tribe Prevention, Harney County Kids Club and Hines Middle School Leadership Class, among others, will have stations set up with different activities and crafts for kids and families to enjoy!

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MOVIE IN THE PARK - "THE BIG YEAR"

Thursday, April 21, 7 p.m.  |  FREE

Washington Park (or at adjacent Gino's Gym if the weather says so!)

This family-friendly outdoor activity is the perfect way to kick off your festival weekend! Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and any other amenities to keep you comfortable for 89 minutes of fun with stars Jack Black, Owen Wilson and Steve Martin. "The Big Year" is a fictional comedy following two bird enthusiasts who try to defeat the cocky, cutthroat world record holder in a year-long bird-spotting competition. We hope to have a handful of food vendors on site!

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HARNEY COUNTY CATTLEWOMEN'S WORKING RANCH TOUR

Friday, April 22, 7:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.  |  $55

Visit a working cattle ranch with members of the Harney County Cattlewomen as your hosts. You get to meet the ranch owners – multi-generational, family ranchers – who will explain ranch management techniques that are sustainable and support wildlife, especially migratory birds, in the Harney Basin. Family friendly. Enjoy a light beef brunch (included with the tour), provided by the cattlewomen. Directions to the meet up location are provided in your registration confirmation.

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GOLDEN EAGLE NEST VIEWING & DISCUSSION

Friday, April 22, 1 to 3 p.m.  |  $40

Rick Vetter, retired U.S. FWS and U.S. Forest Service  Biologist, leads this fascinating discussion about Golden Eagles: the largest fastest, nimblest raptor in North America and most widely distributed eagle in the world. Participants will drive themselves, meet in the field, observe a large nest (hopefully with nesting birds!) and share conversation with Rick. Bring binoculars or scopes, and something to sit on if you'd like! Directions to the meet up location are provided in your registration confirmation.

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DOUBLE 0 LLAMA BIRDING & PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR 

Friday, April 22 / Saturday, April 23, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.  |  $100

Swallows swoop over the fields while songbirds call from the willows and waterfowl cackle on the ponds. Owls try to sleep amid the din, while raptors soar over the high cliffs. The Double-O ranch is a busy part of the Malheur National Wildlife refuge. As many as forty species may be seen in the area during the bird festival - great for photography! This hands-on llama event puts you in the middle of it all. When you join us for our day-long tour, you will have the opportunity to choose a llama companion who will carry your field gear and help you spot the wildlife. You may assist with saddling and are encouraged to lead your llama during the tour. The route follows level tracks and trails that are otherwise closed to the public. Hiking distance varies depending on the interests of the group, but generally is from three to five miles. Camera gear, scopes and collapsible tripods can be accommodated, but should be well protected against possible jostling. Small folding chairs can also be along. Travel distance from Burns to the birding site is about forty miles and is a birding opportunity in its own right. Bring snacks, lunch and drinks. Directions to the meet up location are provided in your registration confirmation.

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CRANE CARAVAN

Saturday, April 23 - Sunday, April 24, 8 to 10 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. each day |  $25

Discover the world of Sandhill Cranes with biologist Gary Ivey of the International Crane Foundation. This tour will focus on finding sandhill cranes and learning about their biology and 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. You will be driving yourself, and only six vehicles will be permitted per tour. Carpooling is encouraged. Bring water and snacks and plan for a few stops where you'll be getting out of your vehicle to gather, observe, etc. Directions to the meet up location are provided in your registration confirmation.

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BIRD JAZZ: FAMILY ART IN APRIL

Saturday, April 23, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  |  First bird free! $1 to $3 per bird thereafter

Frontier Art Center - 405 N Broadway, Burns

Join artists and families at Harney County's Frontier Art Center for their third annual "Bird Jazz" event, celebrating migratory birds and our local spot on the Pacific Flyway! Everyone is welcome to stop by and decorate pre-made ceramic birds (fish and bunnies, too!) with paint, glitter glue, feathers, sequins, ribbons and more! For more information: marsh2236@gmail.com. Event sponsored by the Harney County Arts & Crafts Association.

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KIDS' BIRDHOUSE BUILDING WORKSHOP

Saturday, April 23, 12 p.m. until supplies run out  |  FREE

Serendipity Books & Gifts - 458 N Broadway, Burns

Bring the kids and join the Harney County Lions Club for a birdhouse building workshop and nature fun fair! For birdhouse building, all materials are pre-cut and provided by the Lions Club at no expense. Volunteers will be on hand to help with construction, though adults are encouraged to get hands on and help their littles.  There are approximately 75-100 kits available and they usually go quickly!

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SPARKBIRD MINI-CONCERT, LIVE & IN-PERSON

Saturday, April 23, 4 p.m.  |  FREE; donations accepted.

Steens Mountain Brewery, east lawn - 353 W Monroe, Burns

Sparkbird is the project of non-binary queer singer-songwriter Stephan Nance. Their music has been featured by the National Audubon Society, Birding Magazine, Homoground, and Rock the Pigeon. Since 2017, Sparkbird has performed globally, with three tours of Japan and others in the UK, Poland, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Russia, and Italy. Their shows regularly warm the hearts of Sofar Sounds audiences across the U.S. You do not want to miss this incredible musician and the free opportunity to warm your soul with Nance's poetic piano pop!

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LLAMA RANCH VISIT ON THE WILD GOOSE MEADOWS

Sunday, April 24, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.  |  $50

Our female and baby llamas live on a ranch located in the meadow lands three miles north of Burns, where birds and llamas mix in a tremendous spring delight. Curlews, ibises, and cranes, fly low over head, while Canada geese nest on the haystack. Snow geese by the thousands gather in the fields. Amid the excitement, we present a three-hour tour during which you will have the opportunity to groom llamas, lead them through obstacles and go for a walk with them. If the babies have arrived, you will meet them personally and have a chance to pet and hold them. The activities provide great photographic opportunities. During the tour we will also 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, and taking lengthy wilderness pack trips. The tour provides an excellent opportunity to answer your questions at length. Directions to the meet up location are provided in your registration confirmation.

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URBAN BIRDING ON FOOT - FAMILY FRIENDLY!

Sunday, April 24, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. | FREE  

High Desert Partnership - 235 Hwy 20 N, Hines

Watching birds in urban areas is far easier than you may have imagined. Birds are everywhere, even in the middle of town! The knack is learning how to notice and eventually recognize those that share our urban lives. Join Portland Audubon’s Eastern Oregon Field Coordinator, ornithologist, and microbrew lover, Teresa ‘Bird’ Wicks on this walking tour of east Hines and the Harney County Wildlife Parkway. Rare birds often show up at feeders in this neighborhood, and the Wildlife Parkway is a great place to find Northern Goshawks, Prairie Falcons, waterfowl, and other later wintering/early migrating passerines. This leisurely tour is a nice way to stretch your legs without having to drive out of town. The walk will be an easy three to four miles (round-trip). Meet at the High Desert Partnership Office in front of Valley Golf Club by 8:50 a.m.