Birding and Natural History of Central Oregon's High Lava Plains
Explore the natural wonders of Central Oregon, learning about the region’s unique geological features and spotting native and migrating birds on daily excursions with Audubon experts.
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Program No. 14709RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Home to more than 200 breeding bird species, this beautiful region of central Oregon offers a fascinating range of habitats, from forest to desert to wetlands. Observe a range of birds, potentially including White-headed Woodpecker, Ferruginous Hawk, Barrow's Goldeneye, Townsend's Warbler and others. Volcanic features abound with landforms such as lava flows and cinder cones, as well as the Three Sisters and Broken Top, young volcanoes of the Cascades.
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Embark on a circular route around the Cascade Mountains to study the area's natural history and native Western bird species.
  • Daily excursions with Audubon instructors target varied habitats for sightings of songbirds, shorebirds, waterfowl, hummingbirds and raptors.
  • Visit the Lava Lands Visitor Center and the High Desert Museum.

General Notes

All Road Scholar birding programs have a maximum participant-to-instructor ratio of 14:1 in the field. We adhere to the American Birding Association’s Code of Ethics. Learn more at http://www.aba.org/about/ethics.html Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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Ivan Phillipsen
Ivan Phillipsen earned a master’s in biology from Cal State San Bernardino and a Ph.D. in zoology from Oregon State University. He pursued his life-long passion for reptiles and amphibians in graduate school, doing research on the population genetics of several frog species. In the last few years, aquatic insects have been the focus of his professional research.
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