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Ornithology in Marsh, Mountain and High Desert

Program Number: 8503RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/4/2013 - 9/10/2013; 5/6/2015 - 5/12/2015; 5/16/2015 - 5/22/2015; 6/6/2015 - 6/12/2015; 9/8/2015 - 9/14/2015;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Malheur Nat'l Wildlife Refuge, Oregon
Price starting at: $719.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Birding Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 17; 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Fat; Low Salt    

The ecologically rich wetlands and undisturbed terrain of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge are a birder’s paradise. Here you can find an amazing concentration of ibis, pelicans, cranes, shorebirds, herons and waterfowl. In spring, the foothills, pine forests and deserts are filled with the songs of landbirds including colorful Lazuli Buntings, Bullock’s Orioles and Western Tanagers. In fall, the autumn migrations are in full swing with 140-plus species passing through.




Highlights

• Search for Oregon’s majestic birdlife and take part in expert-led interpretation and discussion during five full days in the field.
• Lively evening presentations delve deeper into bird anatomy, ecology, conservation and behavior.
• Chances for seeing rare vagrants here are high!



Activity Particulars

Walking up to five miles per day; some rough terrain. Extensive standing. Elevations of 4,200 feet. All experience levels welcome.



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. On this program the ratio is 10:1.



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 forty 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 and universities. Today it is run by The Great Basin Society, Inc., a nonprofit educational organization. Highly qualified staff have lived on site for over fourteen years.
  Contact info: 34848 Sodhouse Lane
Princeton, OR 97721 USA
phone: 541-493-2629
web: malheurfieldstation.org
  Room amenities: Comfortable with basic furnishings (reading lamps, air-conditioned, 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, 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;Breakfast Served at 7:30am- 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 service available to Burns (approx. 30 miles N of site) from the surrounding cities and towns. Please contact Bus lines for current options or contact the Malheur Field Station for further information (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) at the corner store 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, September 4)
   
 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 Bird Watching and 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, September 5)
   
 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. Other days we will opt for an earlier breakfast and depart site for daily field trip. Post-breakfast: promptly prepare for field trip; Possibilities include exploring the Northern 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 a daily review and a lecture/presentation. Topics could include Bird Biology, Ecology, 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 3:
(Friday, September 6)
   
 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. Post-breakfast: promptly prepare for field trip; possibilities include exploring middle 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 a daily review and a lecture/presentation. Topics could include Bird Biology, Ecology, 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, September 7)
   
 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. Post-breakfast: promptly prepare for field trip; possibilities 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 a daily review and a lecture/presentation. Topics could include Bird Biology, Ecology, 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, September 8)
   
 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. Post-breakfast: promptly prepare for field trip; possibities include exploring 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 a daily review and a lecture/presentation. Topics could include Bird Biology, Ecology, 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, September 9)
   
 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. Post-breakfast: promptly prepare for field trip; possibilities include exploring the spectacular surrounding area north of site.
 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, September 10)
   
 Breakfast: Full or Continental breakfast options depending on activity 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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