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Program #2254RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
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Elevation Note
Elevation 4800'

Itinerary for May 19 — May 24, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: Located in Lakeview (known as the "tallest" town in Oregon at an elevation of 4820 feet) in Oregon's Outback Country. Close to the airport, local businesses and many activities and attractions.

Contact info:
524 North St. Street
Lakeview, OR 97630 USA
phone: 541-947-2060
web: www.fremontinnlakeview.com

Room amenities: Non-smoking rooms, refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, cable TV, European style walk in showers with safety bars, clock radio, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, smoke detectors and electronic door locks.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and lounge on site, interior corridors, guest laundry, lighted parking area, wake up service, free local calls, wireless internet access, ice machine, patio open in summer.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Contact Coordinator for price
Coordinator can make reservation before and after the program.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, May 19 - Getting to Know You Orientation & light dinner.
Note: Checking into the Fremont Inn in Lakeview between 3-5pm. Then meet in the dining area for a light dinner.

Afternoon: Check into rooms at the Fremont Inn between 3 and 5pm. Relax or take a walk through town.

Dinner: 6:00 pm at Fremont Inn. Light Dinner Reception.

Evening: Orientation and program briefing, getting to know each other, then rest up for a busy week.

Lodging: Fremont Inn

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Located in Lakeview (known as the "tallest" town in Oregon at an elevation of 4820 feet) in Oregon's Outback Country. Close to the airport, local businesses and many activities and attractions.

Contact info:
524 North St. Street
Lakeview, OR 97630 USA
phone: 541-947-2060
web: www.fremontinnlakeview.com

Room amenities: Non-smoking rooms, refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, cable TV, European style walk in showers with safety bars, clock radio, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, smoke detectors and electronic door locks.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and lounge on site, interior corridors, guest laundry, lighted parking area, wake up service, free local calls, wireless internet access, ice machine, patio open in summer.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Contact Coordinator for price
Coordinator can make reservation before and after the program.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, May 20 - Modoc Refuge, raptors, and also Goose Lake State ...
Modoc Refuge, raptors, and also Goose Lake State Park are on the schedule, with walks down trails known for birding opportunities; then add in a stop to the local wild plum winery/distillery.

Note: We will leave at 6:30 am for the wildlife refuge and tours along the way.

Breakfast: 6am breakfast at the Inn.

Morning: Drive south on Highway 395 to the Modoc National Wildlife Refuge in Alturas for a tour of their wetlands projects with Refuge Biologist Cameron King. We will be looking for many species of waterfowl, shorebirds, sand hill cranes and others.

Lunch: We will bring a picnic lunch to the WLR Pavilion and enjoy a raptor demonstration by Eagle Peak Rescue’s Bill & Tina Hodge.

Afternoon: Heading back north, we will tour Stringer’s Wild Plum Winery & Distillery, and then travel to Goose Lake State Park for birding hosted by Park Ranger Tim Harris. Refreshments and more beautiful birds will be shared at the New Pine Creek Cabins with your hostess, Anita Spence. Time permitting, we'll travel east up Crane Creek Canyon for more birding opportunities, then return to the Inn for time on your own before dinner.

Dinner: Enjoy our meal at a local restaurant.

Evening: After dinner, we will listen to the prose of our own local “cowboy poet,” Leon Flick.

Lodging: Fremont Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Located in Lakeview (known as the "tallest" town in Oregon at an elevation of 4820 feet) in Oregon's Outback Country. Close to the airport, local businesses and many activities and attractions.

Contact info:
524 North St. Street
Lakeview, OR 97630 USA
phone: 541-947-2060
web: www.fremontinnlakeview.com

Room amenities: Non-smoking rooms, refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, cable TV, European style walk in showers with safety bars, clock radio, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, smoke detectors and electronic door locks.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and lounge on site, interior corridors, guest laundry, lighted parking area, wake up service, free local calls, wireless internet access, ice machine, patio open in summer.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Contact Coordinator for price
Coordinator can make reservation before and after the program.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, May 21 - Today we're heading west to areas where white hea...
Today we're heading west to areas where white headed woodpeckers have been spotted. This will be our last night in Lakeview as we will transfer our viewing experiences to the central and north county tomorrow. Transportation is provided.

Note: We will be in the woods and up in the mountains, so wear comfortable shoes.

Breakfast: Breakfast at 5:45am, bus/van leaves at 6:30am

Morning: First we'll head to the local settling ponds where waterfowl, shorebirds, gulls and others congregate in the mornings. We then travel towards Booth Park to seek a view of the white-headed woodpecker that resides there. Dave will take us on a short hike up into the terrain where we'll seek out other species such as the western bluebird, hairy woodpecker, and the northern flicker. We'll then head to Junipers Reservoir RV Resort where the camp host, Laura Benson, will tell us about the species that frequent this beautiful property and ranching operation. Roads permitting, we will drive around the reservoir on the ranch looking for hawks, eagles, geese, cranes, and other species typical of the mountain foothills.

Lunch: Returning to the RV campground, we will have lunch in their open-air visitor center.

Afternoon: The afternoon will be spent in several local areas: the Cox Creek burn offers sooty grouse & green-tailed towhee; Stock Drive is a habitat for black-bellied plover and long-billed curlew; Vernon Road may offer us a view of white-faced ibis & marbled godwit.

Dinner: Back to the Inn to relax a bit before another great meal.

Evening: This is our last evening in Lakeview. After dinner, we can have the option for a short evening stroll to look and listen for night birds, and then head back to the Inn to pack for our transfer to the Lodge at Summer Lake.

In Transit: You may leave your vehicles in Lakeview through Friday, or, if you prefer to leave for home from Summer Lake on Friday, you may drive behind the van with your gear tomorrow as we bird on the way to the Wildlife Management Area. Thanks to our hosts, KK and Joan, for a lovely stay at the Fremont!

Lodging: Fremont Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Contact info:
Hwy 31
Summer Lake, OR 97640 USA
phone: 541-943-3993
web: www.thelodgeatsummerlake.com

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights after: $75+
check in early or stay later

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Four: Wednesday, May 22 - Today we will transfer to accommodations at the L...
Today we will transfer to accommodations at the Lodge at Summer Lake. This morning we head north to Abert Lake where hundreds of birds stop to feed on the brine shrimp. Our destination then is the Summer Lake Wildlife Management Area to view and hear talks about nesting & migratory birds with Manager/Biologist Marty St. Louis and Assistant Josh Schmucker.

Note: We will be leaving at 6am to head north to the wildlife management area & lakes. We'll be doing some walking/hiking so bring comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk a bit.

Breakfast: 5:45 am we'll pick up breakfast-to-go at the Inn and pack your bags; Van leaves at 6:00 am.

Morning: Travel north to Chandler Park for a rest stop and prospective viewing of the red-naped sapsucker, Steller’s jay, brown creeper, and western tanager. We will then travel to Abert Lake, an alkaline body of water sustaining brine shrimp that provide an important feeding ground for migratory birds. Look to the east for a spectacular view of Abert Rim, one of the highest and longest fault scarps in North America. The US Department of the Interior-BLM has designated Abert Lake as an area of” critical environmental concern,” and the Oregon Audubon Society deems it an “important bird area.” On our way, we will make a stop in Paisley for a drive down “Lovers’ Lane,” which borders private ranch lands, looking for the rare bobolink and several resident sparrow species. Continuing northwest on Hwy 31, we will arrive at the Summer Lake Wildlife Management Area, a beautiful wetlands with a viewing blind off of Schoolhouse Lake. Here we will meet Wildlife Biologist and Area Manager, Marty St. Louis and Wildlife Tech Josh Schmucker who will spend the day guiding us through the rich habitat of the WMA.

Lunch: We will bring along sack lunches to eat along the way at one of the Area Campgrounds.

Afternoon: The nearby River Ranch Barn is the home to a pair of Great Horned Owls that have inhabited the barn and also roosted in the hay slide for many years. We will enjoy the Bird Viewing Loop, and view some of the 250 species of birds that frequent the Management Area. After our tour of Summer Lake, we will return to the Lodge to unpack and rest before dinner.

Dinner: Dinner will be served at the Summer Lake Lodge, Marty and Josh will join our group, and give us a talk about the history of the Management Area and the birds that frequent there.

Evening: Enjoy the quiet of the evening and calls of the night birds.

Lodging: The Lodge at Summer Lake

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Contact info:
Hwy 31
Summer Lake, OR 97640 USA
phone: 541-943-3993
web: www.thelodgeatsummerlake.com

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights after: $75+
check in early or stay later

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Five: Thursday, May 23 - An early and busy day today, we will enjoy a spec...
An early and busy day today, we will enjoy a special private tour of the Sycan Marsh Preserve looking for white-faced ibis and yellow rails.

Note: It gets breezy on the marsh so layer your clothes and bring a hat and sun screen. We may be hiking/walking on some uneven terrain. Comfy shoes are a must.

Breakfast: Breakfast at 5:30, departing from the Lodge at 6am, taking sack lunches with us.

Morning: Head to the Sycan Marsh Preserve to the beautiful Nature Conservancy Jim Castles Applied Research Station for a guided tour of the facility by Preserve Steward, Mark Hedrick. We will tour the preserve with Mark, an avid bird enthusiast and researcher. Many birds are present on the Marsh this time of year, including breeding greater sandhill cranes, black terns, white-faced ibis and yellow rails.

Lunch: We will enjoy a picnic lunch along the way when the time is right.

Afternoon: Mark will guide us along roads and trails as we head back toward the Research Station and will also share some of the secrets of Long Creek and Coyote Creek http://www.nature.org/photosmultimedia/oregon-sycan-marsh-preserve.xml http://www.nature.org/media/oregon/sycan_auto_tour.pdf

Dinner: Our 4:30 dinner reservations will provide a special treat as we will be enjoying a truly unique feast (an understatement!) at the renowned “Cowboy Dinner Tree” in Silver Lake, owned and operated by Angel & Jamie Roscoe. This promises to be a meal you will not forget!

Evening: Back to the Lodge to relax with evening beverages as we review the day’s sightings and think about our week’s adventures together.

Lodging: The Lodge at Summer Lake

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, May 24 - Sleep in or head out early. We hope you enjoyed ...
Sleep in or head out early. We hope you enjoyed your week on the Pacific Flyway. Safe travels!

Note: 7am, breakfast at the Lodge; Van leaves at 8:15 am.

Breakfast: Say good bye to all of your new friends

Morning: Program ends after breakfast. The van will be available to take you back to your cars if you do not depart for home from Summer Lake.

Meals Included: Breakfast


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Lakeview, OR
Chamber of Commerce541-947-6040
For additional information, visit: www.lakecountychamber.org

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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