Our Kitchenettes are named Owl East, Owl West and Pelican. All three units have Central Air and Heat.

Kitchenette Upgrades - 2019

Our Kitchenettes are named Owl East, Owl West and Pelican. All three units have Central Air and Heat. The Owls have 3 bedrooms each and can sleep six in each unit, with shared living, dining, kitchen and bath. Owl East and West are kept open year around and are available all winter.

Visitors can rent any of our kitchenettes exclusively. Pelican has six bedrooms and sleeps ten with shared living, dining, kitchen and bath. All units are fully furnished with cookware, dishes, silverware, stove, fridge, microwave, coffee pot and are centrally located near each other and Greasewood our Recreation/Social Hall as well as Malcolm Hall.

We’ve worked on the kitchenettes starting with plumbing issues underneath the buildings. Painting, carpeting, upgrading furniture, toilets and fixtures.

Here are photos concerning some of the work done through 2019.

Owl East
Repairing the steps
Living room before
Living room after full upgrade
Owl E bathtub before
Toilet before
After
Owl West
Upgrade in process
Living room after upgrade
After upgrade
Bedroom 1
Bedroom 2
Bedroom 3
Pelican
Major toilet repair in process
Fully upgraded
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Our Thanks to Steve Arndt, one of Oregon’s Ghost Town experts, who volunteered his time to be the Guest Speaker at the MFS Board and Membership meeting on September 14, 2019.

Guest Speaker - 2019 MFS Member's Meeting

Our Thanks to Steve Arndt, one of Oregon’s Ghost Town experts, who volunteered his time to be the Guest Speaker at the MFS Board and Membership meeting on September 14, 2019.

photo: Diane Arndt

He presented a very interesting slide show featuring ghost town photographs taken by his wife Diane–the photographer for all of his books.

Steve has authored 14 travel guide books. “Oregon – Uncommon Facts and Unique Information” is his newest book, released late last year. He wrote his first book, “Roads Less Traveled in Northwest Oregon” in 2003.

A noted speaker, Steve has given over 100 talks to groups wanting to know more about the Backroads of Oregon, its Ghost Towns, and it’s lesser known facts. He has been seen on Grant’s Getaways, OPB, and was featured in the OSU Ghost Town production entitled “Unabandoned.” He is scheduled months in advance

and continues to add presentations to his repertoire.

For more information please visit
https://www.roadslesstraveledoregon.com/

May 23 - May 28, 2020 - Join Harry Fuller for a chance to see the results of the on-going spring migration.

Birding - Spring 2020

DATE:  TBA – Join Harry Fuller for 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.

FIVE NIGHTS. Arrive for dinner on day one, depart after breakfast on the 6. All meals and dorm accommodations provided by Field Station.

Full cost: $900 or $850 if you have RV.
$100 reservation deposit with full payment due by April 8th.

 

Harry Fuller has lived in Oregon since 2007. He has been leading birding trips and teaching bird classes since the 1980’s He annually leads birding trips for Klamath Bird Observatory, Road Scholar and Golden Gate Autubon.

author of: San Francisco’s Natural History: Sand Dunes to Streetcars:
https://ecowise.wordpress.com/2017/04/20/sfnh/
author of Great Gray Owls of CA-OR-WA:
 https://ecowise.wordpress.com/2015/05/08/the-great-gray-owl-book/
author of Freeway Birding: freewaybirding.com
birding website: http://www.towhee.net
my birding blog: atowhee.wordpress.com

In May, 2019 Mark Miller and David Hibbs from Corvallis joined 10 friends for four days of birding and some volunteer work.

Help From Corvalis

In May, 2019 Mark Miller and David Hibbs from Corvallis joined 10 friends for four days of birding and some volunteer work–installing screens repaired by recent volunteer Stan Tomich, and sorting LOTS of recycling.

Before Sorting

When we are busy we accumulate a lot of recycling that needs further sorting.

After Sorting

It is a job that is easy to procrastinate. We truly appreciated the timely help from this group.

June 13 - June 18, 2020 - Join Harry Fuller for a chance to see most of the nesting species of Harney County.

Birding - Late Spring 2020

June 13 – June 18, 2020 – Join Harry Fuller for 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.

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

Full cost: $900 or $850 if you have RV.
$100 reservation deposit with full payment due by April 29th.

 

Harry Fuller has lived in Oregon since 2007. He has been leading birding trips and teaching bird classes since the 1980’s He annually leads birding trips for Klamath Bird Observatory, Road Scholar and Golden Gate Autubon.

author of: San Francisco’s Natural History: Sand Dunes to Streetcars:
https://ecowise.wordpress.com/2017/04/20/sfnh/
author of Great Gray Owls of CA-OR-WA:
https://ecowise.wordpress.com/2015/05/08/the-great-gray-owl-book/
author of Freeway Birding: freewaybirding.com
birding website: http://www.towhee.net
my birding blog: atowhee.wordpress.com

In July, 2017, thanks to grants from The Collins Foundation and the Oregon Community Foundation, new windows and siding were installed

Malcom Hall Renovations 2017 - 2019

In July, 2017, thanks to grants from The Collins Foundation and the Oregon Community Foundation, new windows and siding were installed to improve the energy efficiency and aesthetics of our main office and classroom facility. That was just the beginning.

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The load of materials that started it all
Back of Malcom Hall with fresh paint
The main hallway before...
After paint, carpet and new lights
Looking the other way
The lab getting new lighting and ceiling repair
The lab done and ready to use
Entomology class using the lab
Locating water leak
Found and ready to repair
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"Septic problems" is the dreaded phrase country folks least want to hear and we have had our fair share.

Septic Problems - 2019

It was Peak Season and the septic system for the small trailers was not functioning. People were everywhere, nothing like a real-time test! We brought in two porta potties and had to shuffle people around in different units to keep the ‘flow’ going on station. Our guests were wonderful and patient!

This, of course, is not a new problem but an old one that has not been addressed and fixed until now. It took two men working many days to get it functional and still it has a small leak that we have to look at after the season for small trailers is over.

We will be ready for the 2020 season with Egret, Flicker and Grebe, and possibly Dipper, surely things will flow much more smoothly! 😊

Optimistic start with a snake - worth a try
Lots of digging and filling
Fixing collateral damage
Yuk.... !
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This project seems to be never ending; we started the cleanup in 2018 and it continues to this day. Getting rid of junk and garbage costs time and money

Maintenance Yard Cleanup

This project seems to be never ending; we started the cleanup in 2018 and it continues to this day. Getting rid of junk and garbage costs time and money but is the responsible thing to do. Some of the stuff that was making it hard to even turn a vehicle around in the yard was the classic “I might make use of that someday” type things but most of it was just pure and simple rodent habitat.

One of two old FEMA trailers heading down the road
Another load on the way to the dump
Some unusable vehicles being hauled away
Some unusable vehicles being hauled away
Another load on the way to the dump
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Luckily, we were able to sell some of needless things like two FEMA trailers and that trailer load of old vehicles–not for much but better than paying for their removal. There’s more to go and it will stay on our radar.

Sept. 12 - Sept. 18 - Join Harry Fuller for a full day in the Steens where we will go to the peak at just under 10,000 feet elevation.

Birding - Fall 2020

Sept. 12 – Sept. 18 – Join Harry Fuller for 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.

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

Full cost: $1000 or $950 if you have RV.
$100 reservation deposit with full payment due by July 29th.

 

Harry Fuller has lived in Oregon since 2007. He has been leading birding trips and teaching bird classes since the 1980’s He annually leads birding trips for Klamath Bird Observatory, Road Scholar and Golden Gate Autubon.

author of: San Francisco’s Natural History: Sand Dunes to Streetcars:
https://ecowise.wordpress.com/2017/04/20/sfnh/
author of Great Gray Owls of CA-OR-WA:
https://ecowise.wordpress.com/2015/05/08/the-great-gray-owl-book/
author of Freeway Birding: freewaybirding.com
birding website: http://www.towhee.net
my birding blog: atowhee.wordpress.com

September 25-30, 2019-Ever wonder how the landscape of Harney County came to be?

Geology of the Northern Great Basin

September 25-30, 2019-Ever wonder how the landscape of Harney County came to be? Check out the schedule for Geology of the Northern Great Basin hosted by Michael Cummings.

Michael is a retired Professor of Geology from Portland State University and has a long history with Malheur Field Station. He has been leading university and general-interest geology trips in Northern Great Basin for decades.

September 25
The six-night class begins after settling into your lodging and having dinner with Michael Cummings, PhD. After dinner, there’s an introductory session on geology of the northern Great Basin.

September 26
Interpreting across scale: Hike to top of South Coyote Butte for Interpreting across time: How does the landscape change through time?
Evening session: How do we integrate time, scale, and process when we interpret the evolution of a landscape?

September 27
Visit the Northern fringe of the Harney basin. Welded tuffs: welding zones, structure, sources, interpreting accreted terrains – the old rocks.
Evening session: Hydrogeology of the Harney basin – an ongoing study.

September 28
South of the Field Station: Interpreting volcanic contributions to sedimentary environments and Hydrogeology of the Blitzen River.
Evening session: Integrating time, scale, and process in modern landscapes

September 29
Long day! Explore the areas surrounding Steens Mountain; Fault block mountains, Crustal extension and geothermal systems including the Alvord Desert and Catlow Valley.
No evening session

September 30
Exploring Steen Mountain – Steens Basalt and the Columbia River Basalt Group.
Evening session: Miocene evolution of the Columbia River Basalt Group and associated rhyolites.

October 1
Breakfast and departure.