Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Trip
May 20-25 Saturday to Thursday Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Trip
This trip is limited to 12 people. The refuge lies in southeastern Oregon, about 30 miles south of Burns, at an elevation of 4,100 feet. Burns is about 500 miles from Bellevue. The refuge is 183,000 acres, composed of meadows, ponds, and extensive wetlands surrounded by sage uplands and basalt rim rock. It is a major resting, nesting, and feeding area on the Pacific Flyway and is on Roger Tory Peterson’s list of the ten best birding areas in the US. More than 320 species of birds and many species of mammals have been observed on the refuge. We will visit the main birding areas within the refuge, and 100-130 species can usually be seen.
We will take one day to drive to Burns (10-11 hours), spend 4 days birding while there, and one day to drive back. We would hope to carpool with 3-4 people per car. The driving costs per passenger will be $100 for the trip to and from Burns (1000 miles round trip). In addition, while in Burns, we would drive 120-130 miles each day, at a cost of $10/day.
We will be staying at the Silver Spur Motel in Burns. Motel costs would be about $57 a night for a two-bedroom, which includes a continental breakfast (two can share for $28.50 each per night). A single-bed room is $44 per night. Each room has a refrigerator, microwave and Wi-Fi.
We would have breakfast at the motel and fix a lunch to take along, then buy dinner at a restaurant. Each morning we will plan to leave by 7:30 a.m., bird all day and be back about 4-5 p.m. This is a high desert area, so plan on dressing in layers for temperatures ranging from freezing at night to 80° during the day. Rain can occur at any time.
Bring binoculars, rain gear, good hiking/walking shoes, insect repellant, sun block, and a spotting scope if you have one.
Contact Stan Wood if you are interested in going: 425-392-4557 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Stan will advise you on making motel reservations and arrange carpooling.