Posted by: atowhee | November 17, 2019

TALKING MALHEUR, DEC. 10

SALEM AUDUBON SOCIETY: Birder’s Night – Tuesday, December 10, 2019 – 6:30 PM

 Note Change of Venue, This Program Only:

Magnolia Room, 3rd Floor, Broadway Coffee House, 1300 Broadway St NE, Salem;

Parking lots along 5th Street next to Coffee House and across Gaines Street

 “Malheur:  Its Birds, Its Nature, and Its Future”

Oregonians are extremely fortunate to have Malheur National Wildlife Refuge with its wealth of wildlife in our state.  At December Birder’s Night, we will explore the variable habitats of Malheur, its annual cycle of birds, and some of its conservation challenges from carp to climate change.  The area has a rich variety of birds—resident, annual breeders, migrants and vagrants.  Many of the species found in Malheur, from Wilson’s Phalarope to Bobolink, are rare or non-existent west of the Cascades.

We have an ideal guide for our evening’s venture to the SE corner of the state:  Harry Fuller has lived in Oregon since 2007.  He came to us from San Francisco and London, where he managed TV and Internet newsrooms.  He has been leading bird trips and teaching birding classes since the 1990’s.  Currently he leads birding trips for the Malheur Field Station and the Klamath Bird Observatory and provides private guiding service.

Harry has written three natural history books: “Great Gray Owl in California, Oregon and Washington”, “San Francisco’s Natural History, Sand Dunes to Streetcars”, and the ever-useful “Freeway Birding, San Francisco to Seattle”.  Newly published this year by Oregon State University Press is an anthology of essays about Malheur and the Steens, “Edge of Awe: Experiences of the Malheur-Steens Country”. Fuller contributed the chapter on Common Nighthawks at Malheur. You can follow Harry online at:  atowhee.blog.

Birder’s Night is a monthly program presented by Salem Audubon Society at 6:30 pm on the second Tuesday of each month from September through May.  Meetings are free and open to the public, although Salem Audubon always appreciates donations to support its conservation, education and stewardship programs.  For more information contact the Audubon office at (503) 588-7340.

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MALHEUR FIELD TRIPS IN 2020
all sponsored  by the Field Station, fees partially tax deductible

May 23(Sat)-May 28(Th)
This trip will give us a chance to see the results of on-going spring migration.  Many nesting species will have just returned.  Males will be singing and there will be territorial displays.  There may be the young of early nesting species like Ferruginous Hawk, Bald Eagle, Great Horned Owl, Sora.  There is always a chance of vagrants such as Catbird, eastern warblers, Orchard Oriole.  Some species that nest in the region will be passing through and may include Lewis’s Woodpecker, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Olive-sided Flycatcher.

Arrive for dinner on the 23rd, depart after breakfast on the 28th.  All meals and accommodations provided by Malheur Field Station.

June 13(Sat)-June 18(Th)
This trip will give us a chance to see most of the nesting species of Harney County.  Common Nighthawks and American White Pelicans will be in the air.  Both Eastern and Western Kingbirds will be on territory.  Bobolinks should be seen along with water-related birds such as Trumpeter Swan, Black Tern and Wilson’s Phalarope.

Some birds we expect to see on both spring trips include Mountain Bluebird, Sagebrush Sparrow, Brewer’s Sparrow, Horned Lark, Franklin’s Gull, Short-eared and Burrowing Owl, Swainson’s and Ferruginous Hawk, Golden Eagle, numerous harriers, Marsh, Canyon and Rock Wrens, Loggerhead Shrike, Sage Thrasher, Yellow-headed Blackbird, White-faced Ibis in large numbers, Long-billed Curlew, Willet I breeding plumage, Eared Grebe in breeding plumage.  Nesting ducks could include Blue-winged Teal and Canvasback.

Arrive on June 13th in time for dinner, leave after breakfast on the 18th.  All meals and accommodations provided by Field Station.

Sept. 12(Sat)-Sept. 18(Fri)
This trip will allow us to spend a full day in the Steens where we will go to the peak at just under 10,000 feet elevation.  In the late summer we may get access to areas closed during breeding season.  There may be migrating raptors passing through the valley and mountains.  While many insectivorous birds will be gone there will also be songbirds on migration including huge numbers of White-crowned Sparrows and their cousins from several species.

Arrive for dinner on the 12th, depart after breakfast on the 18th.  All meals and accommodations provided by Field Station.

Mammals possible on trips include: Belding’s ground squirrel, pronghorn, wild horses, mink, river otter, long-tailed weasel, badger, coyote, mule deer, yellow-bellied marmot, kit fox, Nuttall’s cottontail, black-tailed jackrabbit, bats, California ground squirrel. 

To get more information or sign up for these trips, call the Malheur Field Station at (541) 493-2629.


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