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Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

A weeklong trip to one of Roger Tory Peterson's top 10 U.S. birding destinations

  • Birding Trip
When May 21, 2012 time_format to
May 26, 2012 time_format
Event Location Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
Contact Name Hugh Jennings
Contact Email
Contact Phone (425) 746-6351
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Those who have never been to Malheur will have first priority for the 12 spaces available on this trip. Leader Hugh Jennings must make room reservations in March to ensure availability for May.

The refuge lies in southeastern Oregon, about 30 miles south of Burns, at an elevation of 4,100 feet. Malheur is a major resting, nesting, and feeding area on the Pacific Flyway and is on Roger Tory Peterson's list of the 10 best birding areas in the United States. We will visit the main birding areas within the refuge, and we usually see 100 to 130 species.

Burns is about 500 miles from Bellevue. We will take one day (May 21) to drive to Burns (10 to 11 hours), spend four days birding while there, and take one day (May 26) to drive back. We will carpool, with 3 or 4 people per car. Carpool cost per passenger will be $100 to and from Burns. In addition, we will drive 120 to 130 miles each day, at a carpool cost of $10 a day.

Motel costs will be about $54 plus tax for two people sharing a two-bed room (about $30 per person). (One person in a room is about $43 plus tax, and two persons in one bed about $49 plus tax.) Rates include continental breakfast; rooms have refrigerator and microwave. We will have breakfast at the motel and fix a lunch to take along, then buy dinner at a restaurant.

We will leave each morning by 7 or 7:30 a.m., bird all day, and be back about 4 or 5 p.m. We will bird a separate area on each day. This is high desert, so plan on dressing in layers for temperatures ranging from freezing at night to 80 degrees during the day. Have binoculars, rain gear, good hiking/walking shoes, insect repellant, sun block, and a spotting scope if you have one. After I know who is going I will make reservations. Then we can have a meeting to go over more details, answer questions, and make arrangements for carpooling. Anyone interested in going, email Hugh Jennings:



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