Ornithology in Marsh, Mountain and High Desert
Explore Malheur National Wildlife Refuge’s unparalleled birding diversity, learning about seasonal migrations, regional ecology and spotting a wealth of unique and rare birds.
Program No. 8503RJ
7 days
Starts at
7 days
6 nights
17 meals
6B 5L 6D
Malheur Field Station, Harney County, Oregon
Waking up ON the MNWR
Malheur Field Station, Harney County, Oregon
Getting to know each other better. Exploring the MNWR
Malheur Field Station, Harney County, Oregon
The amazing bird diversity!
Malheur Field Station, Harney County, Oregon
Exploring new habitats, adding to great field experiences
Malheur Field Station, Harney County, Oregon
A field trip that will compliment the previous outings!
Malheur Field Station, Harney County, Oregon
Acknowledging everyone's contribution!
Malheur Field Station, Harney County, Oregon
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Getting There
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At a Glance

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.
Activity Level
Moderately Challenging
Walking up to five miles daily; some rugged terrain. Extensive standing. All experience levels welcome. Elevations of 4,200-9,000 feet.
Small Group
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 ...

  • 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!

General Notes

All Road Scholar birding programs have a maximum participant-to-instructor ratio of 14:1 in the field. On this program, the ratio is 10:1. 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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Duncan Evered
Duncan Evered serves as Co-Director of the Malheur Field Station and has been sharing his expertise, wit-filled insights and passion about this vast, remote southeast Oregon landscape and its corresponding wildlife with Road Scholar participants for over 19 years. He is an academically-trained Ornithologist.
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Duncan Evered
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