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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.
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Elevation Note
Elevation 4800'

Itinerary for May 5 — May 10, 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 05 - Getting to Know You!/Orientation/Putting our head...
Getting to Know You!/Orientation/Putting our heads together.....and a light dinner

Note: Check into the Fremont Inn between 3-5pm. Then it's a short walk/drive to the Chamber office on the corner of E Street & 2nd street, across from Jerry's Restaurant & Washington Federal Bank.

Afternoon: Check into rooms between 3 and 5PM. Relax, walk through town then head to the Lake County Chamber.

Dinner: 6 PM Light Dinner Reception and Discussion/getting to know each other at the Lake County Chamber 126 North E St. (From Lakeview Lodge ~ go right (south) on G St. then left on 2nd Street and 2 blocks up to the Chamber (corner of 2nd & E Streets - brick building) 541.947.6040

Evening: Orientation and program briefing, getting to know each other, then back to motel to 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 06 - Head north to Summer Lake Wildlife Management Ar...
Head north to Summer Lake Wildlife Management Area for nesting & migratory waterfowl and Abert Lake where hundreds of birds stop to feed on the brine shrimp.

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 up to a mile at a time.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the Inn, then the van/bus leaves at 6am.

Morning: Today we will be led today by Craig Foster, District Biologist for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Craig will accompany us 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 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.” Continuing northwest on Hwy 31, we will arrive at the Summer Lake Wildlife Management Area, a beautiful wetlands area with a viewing blind off of Schoolhouse Lake. The nearby River Ranch Barn is the home to a pair of Great Horned Owls that have inhabited the barn for many years. We will take the Bird Loop, and view some of the 250 species of waterfowl that frequent the Management Area

Lunch: We’ll return to the Summer Lake Lodge for lunch, and Craig will give us a talk about the Management Area and the birds we have seen.

Afternoon: After lunch we will head back south and 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.

Dinner: Returning to Lakeview by 5:30, after a brief rest at the Inn, we will walk to a local restaurant for dinner, and have a talk from a representative of Ducks Unlimited. We'll also work on our birding sheets each evening before, during or after dinner.

Evening: Walk back to the Inn or stroll the backstreets for a chance to see/hear some of our night birds. Our tour leader, Dave Wenzel, will take interested folks to watch the Vaux’s swift going to roost.

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 07 - Goose Lake State Park is on the birding trail, a ...
Goose Lake State Park is on the birding trail, a walk down trails known for birding opportunities and add in a side trip to the local wild plum winery/distillery.

Note: Breakfast at 6am at the Inn then board the bus/van for birding opportunities south of town.

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 Manager Steve Clay. We will be looking for many species of waterfowl, shorebirds, sandhill 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. 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. We'll also work on our birding sheets each evening before, during or after dinner.

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 Four: Wednesday, May 08 - Today we're heading west to areas where white hea...
Today we're heading west to areas where white headed woodpeckers have been spotted.

Note: Today we'll 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 un 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 for some down time before another great meal.

Evening: Optional evening stroll to look for night birds.

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 Five: Thursday, May 09 - Heading east and north today! Up to the Hart Moun...
Heading east and north today! Up to the Hart Mountain wildlife refuge EARLY for a chance to catch sight of sage grouse, Warner wetlands, with stops along the way. Also a chance to view some petroglyphs in the area.

Note: We'll be taking in not only birds but antelope and possibly some big horn sheep and other wildlife; we've got coyotes, cougar, mustangs, who knows what will come our way on our travels.

Breakfast: Bus leaves at 5AM this morning. We'll pack breakfast of granola bars and fruit and juice, grab your coffee before you leave-- the chance for viewing sage grouse is best early in the morning.

Morning: We travel for Plush and the Hart Mountain National Wildlife Refuge, with a pit-stop at Warner Wetlands (which we will study on our return to Plush before lunch.) We'll be looking for sage grouse, hummingbirds, sage thrasher, vespen sparrow, etc. We'll have a Wildlife Biologist and Hart Refuge Manager, Jeff Mackay, on hand for information at the top, in view of the breath-taking Steens Mountains. Then we’ll travel down the mountain back to the Warner Wetlands where we will have a brief discussion of wetland management from Vern Stofleth of the BLM and tour the Warner Wetlands.

Lunch: Lunch will be at Hart Mountain Store in Plush where we'll dine on burgers and fries. Beer and wine can be purchased at this time.

Afternoon: We'll begin our trip back to Lakeview via Adel with a stop on the side of the road to see the rookery on Pelican Island. Then, we will travel to the Greaser Petroglyphs on the east side. Here we will view old glacial lake terraces and water birds along the way. Heading back to Lakeview, we will spend our last evening together.

Dinner: Back to the Inn for a rest and to gather your bathing suits. Our last dinner will be at Hunters Hot Springs. Here we’ll see the only geyser in the Pacific Northwest and many birds in the adjoining ponds enjoying the warm waters of the mineral springs.

Evening: We'll have dessert and wine back at the Inn and go over our week's adventures.

Lodging: Fremont Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, May 10 - Sleep in or head out early, breakfast will be rea...
Note: We hope you enjoyed your week on the Pacific Flyway! Safe travels!

Breakfast: Say good bye to all of your new friends

Morning: Program ends after breakfast.

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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5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
9 Expert-led lectures
15 Field trips
3 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances

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