BIRDING WITH HARRY FULLER - SEPTEMBER 2023

Join Harry Fuller for a week of birding the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and Steens Mountain. Participants will be guided around the field station to identify local birds and learn from presentations and discussions with local guides and enthusiasts.

  • DATES: September 8 - September 13
  • MEALS: Breakfast served at 7 am, sack lunch provided, dinner at 6 pm

Led by Harry Fuller

Fall migration is always interesting in Harney County. Harry has lived in Oregon since 2011. 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 Audubon.


Harry Fuller author of:
San Francisco’s Natural History: Sand Dunes to Streetcars
Great Gray Owls of CA-OR-WA
Freeway Birding
Birding website: http://www.towhee.net
Harry's birding blog: atowhee.wordpress.com


Program Schedule

SEPTEMBER 8, FRIDAY

  • Arrive at MFS, gather for a meet and greet
  • Introduction and dinner
  • After dinner enjoy a sunset walk around the MFS looking for owls, nighthawks, et al.

SEPTEMBER 9, SATURDAY

  • After breakfast we will visit the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters to look for migrants and any vagrants. From there we will bird along Sodhouse Lane, the Narrows and along Hwy 205 north of the refuge.
  • Return to MFS for a sack lunch and presentation in the classroom.

SEPTEMBER 10, SUNDAY

  • Before breakfast there will be an optional visit to the refuge headquarters
  • After breakfast we will head south on Hwy 205, visiting Buena Vista, Krumbo Lake and Benson Pond.

SEPTEMBER 11, MONDAY

  • After breakfast, leave MFS and head south on Hwy 205
  • We will bird the basalt cliffs along the road, stop at P Ranch and then Page Springs for lunch.
  • After lunch we will continue our search for Bobolink or head up into the lower reaches of the Steen Loop. If we can gain access we will also bird Boca Lake. This will depend on Teresa Wick’s availability.

SEPTEMBER 12, TUESDAY

  • After breakfast, bird our way north on Hwy 205 to Hwy 78. Then to Hwy 20 south to Chickahominy Reservoir, stopping at Sage Hen Rest Area for lunch. Back to MFS for dinner.

SEPTEMBER 13, WEDNESDAY

  • After breakfast, depart to bird the Steen Mountain Loop, starting at the south entrance.
  • Sack lunch while out in the field, dinner back at MFS dining hall.

SEPTEMBER 14, THURSDAY

  • Breakfast, pack and depart. End of 6 night program!

BIRDING WITH HARRY FULLER - MAY 2023

Join Harry Fuller for a week of birding the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and Steens Mountain. Participants will be guided around the field station to identify local birds and learn from presentations and discussions with local guides and enthusiasts.

  • DATES: May 15 - May 20
  • MEALS: Breakfast served at 7 am, sack lunch provided, dinner at 6 pm

Led by Harry Fuller

Fall migration is always interesting in Harney County. Harry has lived in Oregon since 2011. 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 Audubon.


Harry Fuller author of:
San Francisco’s Natural History: Sand Dunes to Streetcars
Great Gray Owls of CA-OR-WA
Freeway Birding
Birding website: http://www.towhee.net
Harry's birding blog: atowhee.wordpress.com


Program Schedule

MAY 15, MONDAY

  • Arrive at MFS, gather for a meet and greet
  • Introduction and dinner
  • After dinner enjoy a sunset walk around the MFS looking for owls, nighthawks, et al.

MAY 16, TUESDAY

  • After breakfast we will visit the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters to look for migrants and any vagrants. From there we will bird along Sodhouse Lane, the Narrows and along Hwy 205 north of the refuge.
  • Return to MFS for a sack lunch and presentation in the classroom.

MAY 17, WEDNESDAY

  • Before breakfast there will be an optional visit to the refuge headquarters
  • After breakfast we will head south on Hwy 205, visiting Buena Vista, Krumbo Lake and Benson Pond.

MAY 18, THURSDAY

  • After breakfast, leave MFS and head south on Hwy 205
  • We will bird the basalt cliffs along the road, stop at P Ranch and then Page Springs for lunch.
  • After lunch we will continue our search for Bobolink or head up into the lower reaches of the Steen Loop. If we can gain access we will also bird Boca Lake. This will depend on Teresa Wick’s availability.

MAY 19, FRIDAY

  • After breakfast, bird our way north on Hwy 205 to Hwy 78. Then to Hwy 20 south to Chickahominy Reservoir, stopping at Sage Hen Rest Area for lunch. Back to MFS for dinner.

MAY 20, SATRUDAY

  • After breakfast, depart to bird the Steen Mountain Loop, starting at the south entrance.
  • Sack lunch while out in the field, dinner back at MFS dining hall.

MAY 21, SUNDAY

  • Breakfast, pack and depart. End of 6 night program!

CASUAL BIRDING AND GENTLE YOGA – JUNE 2023

Join us for a 4-night program exploring the mindfulness and connection of bird watching and yoga at the field station, led by Shannon Rio.

Program, meals and lodging included in price of $750 per person. 

    • DATES: June 11 – June 15
    • MEALS: Breakfast served at 8 am, dinner served at 6 pm.

LED BY SHANNON RIO

This workshop is for the person who wants to learn birdwatching and to deepen birdwatching skills. 

Both yoga and birding share the practice of mindfulness.  They invite the process of becoming still and using the senses to notice what is around us.  It is from this place, that curiosity and awareness brings us to watching and listening to the birds (and other sounds in nature).  I like to ask myself:  what is that bird saying? Or what is that bird doing?  Before long I find myself connected to the landscape, the birds and mammals and all that nature offers to me.  THAT is birding.

Doing gentle yoga is connecting with the breath to do simple movements.  In this practice there is a moving meditation portion of the class that uses music to enhance flowing easy-to-do postures.

The schedule will allow for a morning yoga class (optional), outings to explore the Malheur Refuge and evening presentations to both learn about birds and generally have fun.


 

 

Shannon Rio is Board President of the Klamath Bird Observatory because of its work to preserve birds and wild places in nature. She is a wildlife educator with a goal to connect people (and herself) with nature so that they will want to protect what they love. She teaches classes in various settings and also teaches yoga, works as a nurse practitioner, is devoted to family and friends and community and loves learning anything about the natural world through hiking and birding and sitting quietly observing the wonder of it all.

Program Schedule

JUNE 11 SUNDAY

    • 12-4 pm: Arrival

    • 4-5 pm: Introductions and gentle yoga

    • 6 pm:  Dinner

    • 7-8:30 pm:  Evening presentation, gathering

JUNE 12 MONDAY

    • 7-7:30 am: Gentle yoga

    • 8 am: Breakfast

    • 9 am – 5:30 pm: Daily outing:  Visit Buena Vista overlook, to Diamond, to the Round Barn (where there is a store) and Diamond Craters.  Picnic mid-afternoon.

    • 6 pm: Dinner

    • 7-8:15 pm: Evening presentation: BEAUTIFUL BIRDS, BEAUTIFUL WORDS, celebrating poetry and birding.  Reviewing the bird list for the day, gathering

JUNE 13 TUESDAY

    • 7-7:30 am: Gentle yoga

    • 8 am: Breakfast

    • 9 am – 5 pm: Daily outing: Visit to Malheur Refuge Headquarters, visit Princeton Rim, drive to Crane Hot Springs for optional soak and to visit the birding ponds and have lunch.  Back on Ruh Red Road and to visit the Narrows.

    • 6 pm: Dinner, reviewing bird list for the day, gathering

JUNE 14 WEDNESDAY

    • 7-7:30 am: Gentle yoga

    • 8 am: Breakfast

    • 9 am – 5 pm: Daily outing: Central Patrol Road from Krumbo road to P Ranch.  Picnic at Page Springs.  Visit burg of Frenchglen including the store. 

    • 6 pm: Dinner, reviewing bird list for the day, gathering

JUNE 15 THURSDAY

    • 7-7:30 am: Gentle yoga

    • 8 am: Breakfast, depart

** Daily plans subject to change depending upon weather, mosquitos, whims of the group and location of where the birds are.

Malheur Field Station