Bird's-Eye View of the West
Start and End Dates:
5/4/2014 - 5/9/2014
Price starting at:
Price may vary based on date, departure city
Birding; Natural History
14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners
Join local experts along the Pacific Flyway for an unparalleled opportunity to observe migrant and resident waterfowl, nesting water birds and newly classified species in the picturesque Goose Lake Valley and Warner Wetlands, as well as the Modoc National Refuge and the Summer Lake Wildlife Management Area. Identify many of the more than 300 species of birds found in the vicinity, including Golden and Bald Eagles, two species of Sand Hill Cranes, hawks, harriers and even phalaropes.
• Experience the Modoc National Wildlife Refuge with a local birding leader, and hear about a rehabilitation program for injured raptors.
• Explore the Summer Lake Wildlife Area with a wildlife biologist for a close-up look at hundreds of species that reside there, including the Great Horned Owl.
• See a Master Gardner & habitat architect call in wild bluebirds, then take a break from birding at the unique Wild Plum Winery to taste several different varietals.
Walking up to one mile at a time on varied terrain.
Beginning birders 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.
Coordinated by Lake County Chamber.
Lakeview is an undiscovered gem, bordering both ponderosa forests and the high desert in south-central Oregon near the California/Nevada borders. This ranching community offers rich history, scenic vistas, wildlife and small town charms with starry nights and clean air.
Comfortable motel/lodge within walking distance to the downtown.
Meals and Lodgings
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.
524 North St. Street
Lakeview, OR 97630 USA
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.
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.
Additional nights prior:
Contact Coordinator for price Coordinator can make reservation before and after the program.
Check in time:
Additional nights after:
Contact Coordinator for price Coordinator can make reservation before and after the program.
Check out time:
Start of Program:
Check in between 3-5 pm. 6 pm Light Dinner Reception and Discussion You will be staying at
End of Program:
Program ends after dinner on last full day. Check out by 11:00am. You will be staying at
the night before.
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. None.
Plenty of free parking for both cars and RV;s
To Start of Program
Nearest city or town:
Lakeview, OR 97630
Klamath Falls, OR
From End of Program
Additional transportation information same as above
3 hours driving time
4 hours driving time
None - Car Required
3.5 hours driving time
From Winnemucca, travel west on Hwy 140 until the junction at Highway 395. On your left you will see Fremont Inn.
From Bend, travel south on State Hwy 97 to the Reno/Lakeview cutoff. Turn left onto State Hwy 31 and travel south on Hwy 31 through Silver Lake, Summer Lake and Paisley. 22 miles south, when you get to Valley Falls, Highway 31 empties into US 395. Continue south on 395 to Lakeview. As you enter the city limits and just before the intersection, you will see Fremont Inn on your left.
From Alturas, California, travel north on US Hwy 395 to Lakeview. You will see Jerry's Restaurant & Safeway on your right. Continue to the intersection of Hwys 140 & 395. Turn right onto 395; you will see Fremont Inn on your right.
From Medford, travel east on Highway 140 to Lakeview, and turn left onto US395 North. Fremont Inn will be on your right.
Binoculars, camera & scope recommended. Sunscreen, mosquito repellant, comfortable hiking shoes (waterproof if possible). Evenings get cool and we will have some optional evening hikes so layer with appropriate outer clothing. Extra socks and pair of shoes in case we're into some muddy areas trying to get close to those birds. You may want to include swim suits for soaking/swimming in a local hot springs pool. There are stores in town where you can purchase socks and shoes if needed. Bring a journal to jot down birds and where we saw them.
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.
Getting to Know You!/Orientation/Putting our heads together.....and a light dinner
(Sunday, May 4)
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.
Check into rooms between 3 and 5PM. Relax, walk through town then head to the Lake County Chamber.
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
Orientation and program briefing, getting to know each other, then back to motel to rest up for a busy week.
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.
(Monday, May 5)
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 at the Inn, then the van/bus leaves at 6am.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Breakfast at 6am at the Inn then board the bus/van for birding opportunities south of town.
(Tuesday, May 6)
Modoc National Wildlife Refuge Staff provide a lively private tour of the refuge facilities, and a chance to scope their tern island. At the state border, Goose Lake State Park is on the birding trail, a walk down trails known for birding opportunities. Add in a side trip to the local wild plum winery/distillery, and a tour of lovely cabins owned by a Master Gardner who can actually call in the bluebirds!
6am breakfast at the Inn.
Drive south on Highway 395 to the Modoc National Wildlife Refuge in Alturas for a private tour of their wetlands projects with Refuge Manager Steve Clay. We will be looking for many species of waterfowl, shorebirds, sandhill cranes, to name a few.
We will bring a picnic lunch to the WLR Pavilion and enjoy a raptor demonstration by Eagle Peak Rescue’s Bill & Tina Hodge.
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.
Enjoy our meal at a local restaurant.
After dinner, we will hear the sweet sounds of longtime local singing group, the "Sagebrush Echoes" who will perform some old favorites, show tunes, and Irish lullabies. We'll also work on our birding sheets each evening before, during or after dinner.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today we're heading west to areas where white headed woodpeckers have been spotted. The day includes light hiking, lunch outdoors, and an afternoon to walk the town to preview the vox swifts' evening roost.
(Wednesday, May 7)
Today's hike in the woods and up in the mountains require comfortable shoes. Lunch will be in the open-air club house of a lovely RV Resort tastefully situated on the edge of an 8,000 acre cattle and timber ranch, home to many species of raptors, songbirds, and waterfowl. After the tour, we will return to Lakeview for a quiet afternoon to tour our local museums, do some shopping, or just rest before dinner.
Breakfast at 5:45am, bus/van leaves at 6:30am.
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.
Returning to the RV campground, we will have lunch in their open-air visitor center.
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.
Back to the Inn for some down time before another great meal.
Optional evening stroll to look for night birds.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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.
(Thursday, May 8)
Our travels will take us east and north EARLY today, to the Hart Mountain wildlife refuge 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
We'll have dessert and wine back at the Inn and go over our week's adventures.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Sleep in or depart early, breakfast will be ready for you.
(Friday, May 9)
We hope you enjoyed your week on the Pacific Flyway! Safe travels!
Say good bye to all of your new friends
Program ends after breakfast.
Free Time Opportunities
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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.
Suggested Reading List
National Audubon Society - The Sibley Guide to Birds
Author: David Allen Sibley
Description: David Allen Sibley, America's most gifted contemporary painter of birds, is the author and illustrator of this comprehensive guide. His beautifully detailed illustrationsmore than 6,600 in alland descriptions of 810 species and 350 regional populations will enrich every birder's experience.
Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America
Author: Roger Tory Peterson, Lee Allen Peterson
Description: A historic collaboration among renowned birding experts and artists to preserve and enhance the Peterson legacy, this new book combines the Peterson Field Guide to Eastern Birds and Peterson Field Guide to Western Birds into one volume.
National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America
Author: Jon L. Dunn, Jonathan Alderfer
Description: This is the ultimate, indispensable bird field guidecomprehensive, authoritative, portable, sturdy, and easier than ever to use.
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