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ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding, and rewarding, programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Bill from Walnut Creek, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/08/15 - 09/14/15
I highly recommend this program. Duncan and Lyla are both highly knowledgable about not only ornithology, but also about geology, natural history and the cultural history of Harney County. We learned a lot from them. The accommodations were basic, but very, very clean. The food was simple, but very, very good. I am looking forward to attending other Road Scholar programs at Malheur.

William from Pleasant Hill, CA Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 09/08/15 - 09/14/15
The ornithology class at the Malheur Station is a truly remarkable experience. The variety of environments visited and explored, plus the ongoing movement of the fall migration, enable everyone to view a wide diversity of birds. Duncan’s encyclopedic ornithological knowledge, blended with his lengthy experience working at Malheur Station and the surrounding area, enable him to provide the participants with an exceptionally rich natural history experience. You can add to your life list, learn about field marks (and their history), the relationships between birds and their environments, migratory behaviors, how to look at birds as individuals, and the rewarding experience of slowing down and just watching birds to enjoy and understand what they bring to this world. Other topics explored and discussed include how to understand and use viewing optics (with a variety of scopes available for use), the fascinating and beautiful geological features of the area, some of the botanical features of the area, the human impact on the local environment, and if the milkshakes enjoyed at the Fields Store are the best you’ve ever had. A great deal of the enjoyment of the class was the interaction with fellow birders as they shared their experiences and offered suggestions for other places to visit and bird – and discussed how they worked out what birds we were viewing. Bonus experiences included hearing coyotes sing at night, viewing the magnificent Milky Way in a dark, dark sky, and looking down at a Bighorn Sheep in a canyon on Steens Mountain. I plan on going back in May or June to see what the Spring Migration offers.

Susan from Portland, OR Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 09/08/15 - 09/14/15
Whether you are looking for 'serious birding' or an incredibly educational adventure in a spectacular physical environment, this program works. The instructors, Duncan and Lyla, provide excellent factual information in highly entertaining ways, while the birds and landscape do the rest.

Albert from Albany, OR Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/05/14 - 09/11/14
What a fabulous program. Just back from the Fall 2014 Session during which I joined 8 serious birders. Yes we did see dozens of birds in desert, marsh and forest habitats. But what made the experience truly extraordinary was how Duncan Evered put it all into a coherent overall context. He has a tremendous fund of knowledge not only about Natural History and Ornithology but also local geology, archeology, botany and politics which provided a "Big Picture" understanding of what we were seeing. Yes the accomodations are somewhat rustic and yes it's in the middle of nowhere but this is the kind of Road Scholar program that Road Scholar is all about.

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