Join us for a weekend of birding in northern Malheur County during our Birding Blitz from Saturday, June 13 to Sunday, June 14.
Despite its name, Malheur County remains less birded compared to neighboring Harney County. Malheur County is on the Oregon-Idaho border, and is Oregon’s only county in Mountain time-zone. This county is rather poorly explored outside of a few locations. Expect high desert species and the possibility of surprises in isolated riparian zones. We might find nesting Gray Catbirds, perhaps a Yellow-billed Cuckoo, or the mother load of Black-throated Sparrows. Who knows?
Itinerary and Registration
The north Malheur County Birding Blitz headquarters will be in Vale or Ontario, Oregon. We will finalize meeting location information a few weeks in advance. We will meet each morning or preceding evening to assign areas, coordinate efforts, and exchange information.
On the mornings of Saturday, June 13 and Sunday, June 14 we will break into groups and count birds in and near assigned Hotspot Squares. Spend the rest of the day chasing rarities or exploring interesting looking habitats.
This will be a free event! However, participants will be responsible for their own accommodations and meals. We recommend booking accommodations at nearby lodging and camping around Vale or Ontario as early as possible.
Would you like to join us? Please help us plan by registering in advance.
Please specify if you would like to meet Friday evening and/or if you have preferred birding areas or teams. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us. We look forward to seeing you there!