OBA Field Trips
OBA offers trips led by experienced members and expert local guides. We look forward to sharing our love of birds with you.
Great Grays in the Blue Mountains
Saturday, May 28, 2022 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
La Grande area; meet at Spring Creek Campground
Register now to see Great Gray Owls — one of our state’s most elusive birds — near La Grande and explore Northeast Oregon.
In the morning we’ll be guided by a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service biologist into the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest where these magnificent raptors nest. Late May is the ideal time to see owlets about to fledge. Note: Ethical birding practices are a must to ensure this sensitive species is not disturbed. Plenty of other forest birds live nearby including woodpeckers, corvids and flycatchers. In the afternoon we’ll visit other top sites around La Grande, including Ladd Marsh, to look for Sandhill Cranes, Yellow-headed Blackbirds, American Avocets, Black-necked Stilts, and many species of waterfowl and raptors. Get set for an exciting day of birding in Union County!
Participants are responsible for their own round-trip transportation, lodging and meals. Arriving on Friday is recommended due to the early Saturday start. Carpooling is possible; contact the trip leader if you are willing to take a rider or need a ride. Camping is available at Spring Creek CG (four sites) and other nearby campgrounds. The closest motels are about 14 miles away in La Grande.
Pre-registration is required, and group size is limited to 10 participants plus leaders. There is no charge, but participants must be current OBA members (join here) and fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Registration is closed and waiting list is full.
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- Field Trips for OBA members led by expert birders at locations all around Oregon.
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