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Yosemite: Birding in Paradise

Program Number: 14610RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/2/2013 - 6/6/2013;
Duration: 4 nights
Location: Oakhurst, California
Price starting at: $799.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Birding; National Parks Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 12; 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt    

A local ornithologist leads this quest to view the native and migrating species amid the splendor of Yosemite's lesser-known south rim. Habitat in the national park includes a lodgepole pine forest — home to Williamson's Sapsuckers, Black-backed Woodpeckers and Hammond's Flycatchers — as well as Henness Ridge, a little-known birding spot, and additional bird-spotting habitat that includes orchards, oak forests, creeks, rivers and meadows.




Highlights

• Experience forays into local meadows that are home to Great Grey Owls, Calliope Hummingbirds, Blue Grouse, Mountain Chickadee and Townsend's Solitaire.
• Attend an evening presentation of live owls and a Red-tailed Hawk that has been rescued from the wild.
• Walk the Merced River trails to spot American Dippers, Harlequin Ducks and more.



Activity Particulars

Elevations up to 7,000 feet. Walking up to 4 miles a day over uneven terrain. Exact trails and species observed vary due to weather conditions.



So you can get the most out of your experience, all of our birding programs have a maximum participant-to-instructor ratio of 14:1.




Date Specific Information

6-2-2013

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Coordinated by Evergreen Conference Center Oakhurst.




Oakhurst

With Yosemite National Park and the expansive Sierra Nevada just out the backdoor, Oakhurst is an active community and gateway to the region’s many natural splendors, including fine hiking trails and native wildlife.



Accommodations
Clean, comfortable, rustic conference center on 162 forested acres, walking trails on-site. Rooms are without televisions or telephones (both available in main lodge).
Meals and Lodgings
   Evergreen Conference Center, Oakhurst (ECCO)
  Oakhurst, CA 4 nights
 Evergreen Conference Center, Oakhurst (ECCO)
Type: Conference Center
  Description: Program begins with registration 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Monday. Please do not plan to arrive before 2:00 PM or later than 6:00 PM. (Sleeping rooms may not be available until 4:00 PM.) You are asked to check out of your sleeping rooms by 9:00 a.m. on Friday; however program ends after lunch.
  Contact info: 43803 Highway 41
Oakhurst, CA 93644 USA
phone: 559-683-8162
web: www.conferencecenter.org
  Room amenities: All rooms have private baths.
  Facility amenities: In keeping with our tranquil retreat setting, you are not disturbed by the distraction of televisions or telephones in sleeping rooms. Satellite TV is available in the main lodge, as well as a recreation room with ping pong/game tables. Walking/hiking trails on-site and nearby, including a self-interpretive nature trail on ECCO's grounds Our "Fourth Green" recreation complex features volleyball, basketball and soccer/football fields, plus a horseshoe pitch.. The towns of Oakhurst, Bass Lake, North Fork and Mariposa feature a number of fine arts galleries and museums. Bass Lake offers swimming/boating opportunities 5 miles from ECCO.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior:  Unfortunately we are unable to offer early arrivals or extended stayovers beyond the scope of our published program times. We are happy to provide names and telephone numbers of local motels which may be able to meet your needs.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after:  Unfortunately we are unable to offer early arrivals or extended stayovers beyond the scope of our published program times. We are happy to provide names and telephone numbers of local motels which may be able to meet your needs.
  Check out time: 9:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check in 3PM (but not earlier than 2 PM nor later than 6:00 PM, please!) Staff is not available to assist you before or after those times. Program Orientation Begins at 5PM You will be staying at Evergreen Conference Center, Oakhurst (ECCO) that night.
  End of Program:
Hotel check-out is at 9:00AM - Lunch is at 11:30AM - Program ending at noon- after lunch. You will be staying at Evergreen Conference Center, Oakhurst (ECCO) the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Participants must sign and return Health, Supplemental Information and Liability Waiver forms no later than 3 weeks prior to beginning of program.
  Parking availability:
All rooms have ground floor entry with parking adjacent.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Oakhurst, CA
  Nearest city or town:  Fresno
  Nearest highway: Hwy 41
  Nearest airport:  Fresno Yosemite International
  From End of Program
  Location: Oakhurst, CA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Fresno, CA

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
ECCO
phone: 559-683-8162
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$75.00 - subject to change until reservation is confirmed
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

   

Advance reservations/payment is required for ECCO shuttle. Reserve by calling Bruce at 559/683-8162. We recommend that participants consider renting a vehicle whenever possible. ECCO shuttle can accommodate a maximum of 4 passengers. Service is offered on beginning/ending days of program only. ECCO can recommend other local shuttle services - call 559/683-8162; ask for Bruce.

 
Driving Directions
  Eastern Sierras via Tioga Road THIS ROAD IS SEASONAL AND CLOSES FROM OCT/NOV TO MAY/JUNE. BE SURE TO CHECK ROAD CONDITIONS BEFORE CHOOSING THIS ROUTE. From Hwy 395 take Hwy 120 westbound. You will travel through some of the most beautiful parts of Yosemite, dropping down into Yosemite Valley. Watch the signs for Hwy 41 southbound. Take Hwy 41 southbound toward Oakhurst. (It will be 1 to 1-1/2 hours’ driving time from Yosemite Valley.) After exiting the park’s south gate, travel approximately 12 miles. ECCO will be on the left, after the turn to Cedar Valley Road. Watch carefully because the signs are a little hard to see from this direction. Keep an eye out for the Christ Church sign, since we share a parking lot with them. Once you’ve turned into the Christ Church parking lot, follow the signs one mile back to ECCO.
  Northern California Take Hwy 99 south to Merced. Exit on Hwy 140 eastbound, toward Mariposa/Yosemite. Stay on Hwy 140 until you come to the intersection of Hwy 49 (approximately 50 miles). Turn right on Hwy 49. Turn left on Hwy 41 in Oakhurst. Continue north, toward Yosemite, approximately 4 miles. ECCO will be on the right-hand side of the road and is the first driveway after the big Sierra Sky Ranch neon sign. (We share the driveway with Christ Church.) Follow the signs one mile back to the conference center.
  San Francisco International Airport Take Hwy 101 south toward San Jose. Exit on Hwy 152 westbound toward Gilroy. Stay on Hwy 152 until it merges with Hwy 99 southbound. In Madera, exit on Gateway Avenue. Take Gateway south to traffic light. Turn left and then make an immediate right onto Cleveland Avenue. Stay on Cleveland Avenue until you get to Hwy 145. Turn left. Go about 20 miles to Hwy 41. Turn left. Although you will stay on Hwy 41, your first landmark will be the traffic signal at Hwy 41 and Hwy 49. Continue north, toward Yosemite, approximately 4 miles. ECCO will be on the right-hand side of the road and is the first driveway after the big Sierra Sky Ranch neon sign. (We share the driveway with Christ Church.) Follow the signs one mile back to the conference center.
  Southern California Take Interstate 5 north to Hwy 99. Take Hwy 99 north to Fresno. In Fresno take Hwy 41 north toward Yosemite. You will go up into the Sierra foothills and then drop down into the valley where Oakhurst is located. Although you will stay on Hwy 41, your first landmark will be the traffic signal at Hwy 41 and Hwy 49. Continue north, toward Yosemite, approximately 4 miles. ECCO will be on the right-hand side of the road and is the first driveway after the big Sierra Sky Ranch neon sign. (We share the driveway with Christ Church.) Follow the signs one mile back to the conference center.
Elevation Note: ECCO is at 3,100 feet.

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Check in between 3 and 5pm. Social Hour at 5pm and Dinner at 6pm.
(Sunday, June 2)
   
 Arrive To: Arrival and registration from 3-5 PM (Please do not arrive before 2 PM as staff will not be available to assist you until that time.)
 Afternoon: 5 PM - Get-acquainted social hour, which will include wine, sparkling cider and hors d'oeuvre.
 Dinner: 6 PM - Dinner in Lyles Hall. (Note: Dinner is not available after 6:20 p.m.)
 Evening: 7 PM - Introductions, orientation and discussion of the week's birding adventures.
   
Accommodations: Evergreen Conference Center, Oakhurst (ECCO)
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: We will begin our exploration of Yosemite with a visit to Yosemite Valley (road and trail conditions permitting; alternate destination if not)
(Monday, June 3)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in Lyles Hall
 Morning: Bus departs for field trip. Destination will depend on weather and road conditions.
 Lunch: Lunch on the trail
 Afternoon: Continue field trip
 Dinner: Dinner in Lyles Hall
 Evening: Evening program
   
Accommodations: Evergreen Conference Center, Oakhurst (ECCO)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Today we will visit Mariposa Grove, Wawona and the Wawona Loop (road and trail conditions permitting; alternate destination if not)
(Tuesday, June 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in Lyles Hall
 Morning: Bus departs for field trip. Destination depends on weather & road conditions.
 Lunch: Lunch on the trail
 Afternoon: Continue field trip
 Dinner: Dinner in Lyles Hall
 Evening: Evening program
   
Accommodations: Evergreen Conference Center, Oakhurst (ECCO)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Today we will visit Henness Ridge, Glacier Point, McGurk Meadow (road and trail conditions permitting; alternate destination if not)
(Wednesday, June 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in Lyles Hall
 Morning: Bus departs. Field trip destination depends on weather & road conditions.
 Lunch: Lunch on the trail
 Afternoon: Continue field trip
 Dinner: Banquet dinner in Lyles Hall followed by presentation of graduation certificates
 Evening: Evening program
   
Accommodations: Evergreen Conference Center, Oakhurst (ECCO)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: A short hike from Lewis Creek back to Evergreen Conference Center, Oakhurst.
(Thursday, June 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in Lyles Hall
 Morning: Begin walking field trip from ECCO to Lewis Creek trailhead. NOTE: Please check out of your rooms after breakfast and return your keys, badge holders and evaluations to the host desk so our housekeeping staff may begin preparing for the arrival of our next group.
 Lunch: Lunch in Lyles Hall and farewell
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


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