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Birds, Butterflies and Blooms of Malheur and Great Basin Country

Program Number: 4897RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/26/2013 - 7/2/2013;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Malheur Nat'l Wildlife Refuge, Oregon
Price starting at: $695.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Science & Nature; Birding Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 17; 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Fat; Low Salt    

Explore this unique part of the northern Great Basin in remote southeast Oregon, while studying its bounty of spectacular wildflowers and associated butterflies. Amid this beautiful landscape, enjoy the fertile marshlands of the Malheur refuge, meet fascinating inhabitants of this vast high desert and join expert-led discussions and identification reviews in classrooms and museums.




Highlights

• Experience life zones from desert basin to alpine tundra.
• During your adventure, discover regional riches of birdlife, geology and cultural history.
• Learn to understand climate, plant forms and animal communities as they adapt to the 5,000 feet of altitudinal change found within 50 miles of your base.



Activity Particulars

Short hikes over uneven terrain, possible extended periods of standing while wildlife-watching. Elevations of 4,200 feet.



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.



Coordinated by Malheur Field Station.




Malheur Nat'l Wildlife Refuge

Marshlands, desert basins and the magnificent Steens Mountain are just a few of the natural highlights of this refuge in the Great Basin of southeast Oregon, providing a variety of habitats for more than 400 species of birds and mammals.



Accommodations
Rustic, comfortable, private dormitory rooms with shared baths on field station campus within Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Participants perform light chores.
Meals and Lodgings
   Malheur Field Station
  Malheur Field Station, Harney County, Oregon 6 nights
 Malheur Field Station
Type: Field Station
  Description: The Malheur Field Station (MFS) is an education and research facility located on the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. For over thirty-five years MFS has served as a base for students, researchers, and visitors learning about and exploring this remote area rich in wildlife, rugged beauty, and cultural history. MFS originally was a Job Corps site, but in the early 1970's it was converted into a unique educational facility overseen by a consortium of colleges. Today it is run by The Great Basin Society, Inc., a not-for-profit educational organization. Highly qualified staff have lived on site for over twelve years.
  Contact info: 34848 Sodhouse Lane
Princeton, OR 97721 USA
phone: 541-493-2629
web: malheurfieldstation.org
  Room amenities: Comfortable, spacious with basic furnishings (reading lamps etc.). All rooms with windows.
  Facility amenities: Field Station facilities that will/may be used by program participants include the Road Scholar dormitory (solar-heated water system, air-conditioned), classrooms, a unique Bookshop (sundries, a wide range of books/fieldguides, local artwork), an audio-visual room (air-conditioned), a reference Library, Natural History museum, laundry facilities, and a wonderful dining hall (nutritious meals, air-conditioned),
  Smoking allowed: No
  Bathroom: Men's/women's spacious bathroom facilities possibly shared by up to 8 people.
  Additional nights prior: Variable: please contact MFS Contact the Malheur Field Station for details about our various accommodation options and their corresponding availability and cost.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Variable: please contact MFS Contact the Malheur Field Station for details about our various accommodation options and their corresponding availability and cost.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Malheur Field Station; Check-in time 3:00-5:00 pm. (Main office, Malcolm Hall) You will be staying at Malheur Field Station that night.
  End of Program:
Malheur Field Station; Depart after breakfast. You will be staying at Malheur Field Station the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
On site parking (free).
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Malheur Field Station, Harney County, Oregon
  Nearest city or town:  Burns, Oregon
  Nearest highway: Hwy 205 and/or Hwy 78
  Nearest airport:  Bend, Oregon
  From End of Program
  Location: Malheur Field Station, Harney County, Oregon
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

 

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required

   

Limited bus routes to Burns from surrounding cities and towns. Please check bus lines for current information or contact the Malheur Field Station for further advice (e.g. car-pool requests).

 
Driving Directions
  Burns, Oregon Take Route 78 east (signed to Winnemuca, NV) out of Burns. Shortly after leaving town, look for a right hand turn onto Highway 205 (signed to Frenchglen). Travel south on Highway 205 for just over 23 miles, then turn left (east) onto Sodhouse Lane. Proceed three miles and turn right (south) onto a gravel road at the MFS sign and mailbox. The Field Station is situated between two buttes about 1.3 miles down this road. Please drive slowly and watch out for children and wildlife.
Elevation Note: Elevations range from 4200' to 9000'.

Equipment Requirements: Bring your Binoculars!
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:
(Wednesday, June 26)
   
 Arrive To: Please plan to arrive at the Malheur Field Station after 3:00 pm. Check-in time 3:00-5:00 pm. (Main office, Malcolm Hall) Site orientation at 5:30 pm.
 Dinner: We will dine at the Malheur Field Station itself or sample local restaurant cuisine.
 Evening: Ice-breaker, General Introduction to Great Basin Country, and review of specific Program Itinerary. THE PROGRAM SCHEDULE, BEING DEPENDENT UPON THE WEATHER AND WILDLIFE ACTIVITY, WILL BE KEPT FLEXIBLE.
   
Accommodations: Malheur Field Station
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2:
(Thursday, June 27)
   
 Breakfast: Full or Continental breakfast options depending on daily activity schedule. Also prepare custom sack lunches during this time.
 Morning: Some days will offer pre-breakfast, optional activities such as botanizing/sunrise birding. Post-breakfast; promptly prepare for field trip; possiblities include exploring southern section of MNWR.
 Lunch: Lunch in the field somewhere wonderful.
 Dinner: We will dine at the Malheur Field Station itself or sample local restaurant cuisine.
 Evening: Evening activities include daily reviews, possible labwork (identification), and/or a lecture/presentation. Topics could include biology and ecology basics, conservation, identification or other customized program of current interest. Some evenings may include free time or an optional field trip.
   
Accommodations: Malheur Field Station
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3:
(Friday, June 28)
   
 Breakfast: Full or Continental breakfast options depending on daily activity schedule. Also prepare custom sack lunches during this time.
 Morning: Some days will offer pre-breakfast, optional activities such as botanizing/sunrise birding. Post-breakfast; promptly prepare for field trip; possiblities include exploring southern section of MNWR.
 Lunch: Lunch in the field somewhere interesting.
 Dinner: We will dine at the Malheur Field Station itself or sample local restaurant cuisine.
 Evening: Evening activities include daily reviews, possible labwork (identification), and/or a lecture/presentation. Topics could include biology and ecology basics, conservation, identification or other customized program of current interest. Some evenings may include free time or an optional short field trip.
   
Accommodations: Malheur Field Station
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4:
(Saturday, June 29)
   
 Breakfast: Full or Continental breakfast options depending on daily activity schedule. Also prepare custom sack lunches during this time.
 Morning: Some days will offer pre-breakfast, optional activities such as botanizing/sunrise birding. Post-breakfast; promptly prepare for field trip; possiblities include exploring southern section of MNWR.
 Lunch: Lunch in the field in the perfect spot.
 Dinner: We will dine at the Malheur Field Station itself or sample local restaurant cuisine.
 Evening: Evening activities include, daily review, possible labwork (identification), and/or a lecture/presentation. Topics could include biology and ecology basics, conservation, identification or other customized program of current interest. Some evenings may include free time or an optional short field trip.
   
Accommodations: Malheur Field Station
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5:
(Sunday, June 30)
   
 Breakfast: Full or continental breakfast options depending on daily activity schedule. Also prepare custom sack lunches during this time.
 Morning: Some days will offer pre-breakfast optional activity such as sunrise birding/botanizing/butterfly watching. Post-breakfast; promptly prepare for field trip as we explore the spectacular surrounding area.
 Lunch: Lunch in the field somewhere satisfying.
 Dinner: We will dine at the Malheur Field Station itself or sample local restaurant cuisine.
 Evening: Evening activities include, daily review, possible labwork (identification), and/or a lecture/presentation. Topics could include biology and ecology basics, conservation, identification or other customized program of current interest. Some evenings may include free time or an optional short field trip.
   
Accommodations: Malheur Field Station
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6:
(Monday, July 1)
   
 Breakfast: Full or continental breakfast options depending on daily activity schedule. Also prepare custom sack lunches during this time.
 Morning: Some days will offer pre-breakfast, optional activities such as botanizing/sunrise birding. Post-breakfast; promptly prepare for field trip; possiblities include exploring southern section of MNWR.
 Lunch: Lunch in the field somewhere memorable.
 Dinner: We will dine at the Malheur Field Station itself or sample local restaurant cuisine.
 Evening: Program summary including final review and tally.
   
Accommodations: Malheur Field Station
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7:
(Tuesday, July 2)
   
 Breakfast: Full or continental breakfast options depending on departure plan schedule; also prepare custom sack lunches during this time (optional).
 Morning: Prepare to depart. Program ends after breakfast.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Malheur Field Station, Harney County, Oregon Free time
This area is vast and wildly inspirational. We would be happy to provide participants suggestions regarding local outdoor recreational activities and/or educational opportunities in the sciences and arts for any of their free time before, during or after their Road Scholar adventure at the Malheur Field Station
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.

What’s included in this Road Scholar program?



Except for the occasional meal on some programs, Road Scholar programs are all-inclusive. That means there are no extra “options,” no passing the hat for tips and no surprises. From lectures and field trips to gratuities and accommodations – the price you pay up front is the price you pay.

Specifically, this program includes:


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