These events are open to the general public. Participants must accept total responsibility for themselves and their possessions. To enhance the birding experience for all, we encourage participants to read and follow the birding Code of Ethics adopted by the American Birding Association. We meet and try to car pool as fitting.
Come out and enjoy birding with us. Don’t be shy, it is a fun learning experience for all. For more field trip information, inquire at the program meeting, or contact any of the chapter officers.
CURRENT FIELD TRIPS:
Follow Palouse Audubon Society of Facebook where there is occasionally a trip planned by a member or an impromptu outing with fellow birders.
PAS Birding Trip to Sisters/Bend Oregon for Woodpeckers and More
The Palouse Audubon Society is organizing a multi-day trip to the Bend/Sisters Oregon area for two full days of birding, focusing on woodpeckers and other regional specialties. The trip will be from June 7 to June 10, with the 7th and 10th travel days, and all-day birding trips on the 8th and 9th led by Steve Shunk, an expert and established birding guide. (Steve Shunk is the author of the book Peterson Reference Guide to Woodpeckers of North America, and operates the Paradise Birding Guide
Company, paradisebirding.com, with birding tours in the Americas, Asia, and Europe.)
Sunday, June 7. 9:00 am – Leave the Palouse and drive to Bend, Oregon. Distance about 380 miles (about 6.5 hours driving time). Car pooling to be arranged, as desired. (Possible brief stops along the way at birding hot spots.)
Hotel in Bend for 3 nights.
Monday, June 8. Birding with Steve Shunk, focusing primarily on woodpeckers in the Bend/Sisters area.
Tuesday, June 9. Birding with Steve Shunk, focusing on any area woodpecker species not seen the previous day, and on other regional specialties.
Wednesday, June 10. Travel day for return home (again, with possible birding stops along the way).
Accommodations. We will stay at a moderately priced hotel in the Bend area (to be arranged). Cost: Guide fee, plus local transportation (if needed for a larger group) expected to be roughly $125/person, depending on the number of participants. Hotel and meals extra, as is a nominal contribution for fuel costs for the vehicles used to travel. Hotel cost in Bend anticipated to be roughly $150/night double accommodation. (Sharing of a room to be arranged by individual participants.)
The trip is being organized on a first come, first reserved basis, with a $50 reservation fee (non-refundable, unless a replacement participant can be found) required to assure a reservation.
Target birds include the following woodpeckers.
Pileated Woodpecker (Possible)
Three-toed Woodpecker (Possible, but rare)
Tom Fischer went birding with Steve for one day in June 2018, and they saw all of the above except the Pileated and Three-toed Woodpeckers. The views of the woodpeckers were exceptional, as each species was seen at a nesting site, with plenty of opportunities for photos.