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ASC Field Trips

Bring your binoculars and come with us! Birds are our common interest, and people at all levels of expertise join our field trips to the best local and regional birding spots. If you’re a beginner, we’ll help you find and identify birds; if you’re an experienced birdwatcher, you can lead us to a favorite place. We enjoy bats and other animals, too…and of course, people interested in plants are always welcome on our outings.

Weekend Field Trips

Explore Oregon from its Pacific Ocean shores to the lofty mountains on its eastern border. ASC schedules six weekend birding trips all across this marvelous state. “Weekend” consists of either three days - Friday through Sunday - or four days - Thursday through Sunday. Comfortable vans supply transportation. We stay in comfortable motels and lodges and eat at some excellent restaurants. All ASC members and prospective members can participate. The trips are led by an experienced crew of good birders who take pride in their abilities to help beginners. Expenses are shared by all participants. So pick up your 2015 calendars, and mark these dates:

  • March 27-29: Bandon to Port Orford.
    Head to the coast and south for two nights in Bandon by the sea. The timing of this trip hits blossoming manzanita, where we search for Allen's Hummingbirds at the northern edge of the summer range. Other targets are White-tailed Kite, Red-shouldered Hawk, and Black Phoebe.

  • April 24-26: Rogue Valley.
    April's traditional Klamath trip is replaced by our tour of the Rogue Valley and visit to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Klamath is dry, and this is the only weekend performance of the delightful musical Guys and Dolls. A hike on TNC's Upper Table Rock trail locates the three birds of the California chaparral - Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, California Towhee, and Oak Titmouse.

  • May 14-17: Malheur NWR.
    Our signature 4-day tour to Malheur goes early in May this year. This will catch the end of the shorebird migration and the heart of the songbird migration.

  • June 26-28: Summer Lake to Crater Lake.
    We make bird-filled stops at Greenwater Park, Davis Lake, and Fort Rock on the way to the Lodge at Summer Lake. An evening drive up Winter Ridge often finds Common Poorwills in the road. An early morning walk in the marsh seeks American Bittern and the elusive Yellow Rail. After breakfast we tour ODFW's Summer Lake Wildlife Area where we hope to find Snowy Plover among the host of breeding shorebirds and waterfowl. In the afternoon, we move to Chiloquin to hike the Wood River Wetland track. A visit to Crater Lake NP crowns the trip, with its Clark's Nutcrackers, Gray Jays, and possible Gray-crowned Rosy Finches.

  • August 12-16: Steens Mountain.
    This 4-day trip hits Chickahominy Reservoir, the Burns area, a taste of Malheur NWR on the first day. The second day is spent exploring the Steens Mtn loop road, where we expect wildflower displays, butterflies, a few birds, and hope for Black Rosy-Finches. Day 3 we cross to Hart Mountain Antelope Reserve and in to Lakeview. Among the day 4 stops is Cabin Lake, where water brings birds of the ponderosa pine forest and the high desert in for close observation.

  • September 4-6: Tillamook to Astoria.
    his year we will try the north coast to experience the southbound migration of shorebirds. The possibilities are huge-Stilt Sandpiper, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Ruff. along with hordes of the usual peeps. Transportation on these trips is in 12-person and/or 15-person vans rented from Enterprise. Expenses are shared. Participants will be provided with tour information a month prior to departure. Bird, mammal, herp, butterfly, and odonate checklists are provided.

There will be signup sheets for these trips at the Field Trip table at ASC general meetings starting in January. Or email Fred Ramsey at: flramsey5@comcast.net.Deposits of $50 per person per tour are requested. Make checks out to ASC and mail them to ASC at PO Box 148 in Corvallis, 97339. Notice the two gaps in this schedule: mid-May to late June and all of July. We may be able to schedule trips to visit other Oregon locations of your choice.

Second Saturday Field Trips

Our Saturday morning local field trip meets the second Saturday of each month from September through June at the Benton Center parking area, behind the Cannery Mall, 777 NW 9th, Corvallis. This field trip is geared towards beginning birders, birders new to Oregon's mid-valley area and persons looking for a pleasant outing. For more info, contact Bill Proebsting, proebstw@gmail.com , 541-752-0108. Check the Midvalley ListServ, www.midvalleybirding.org/pipermail birding, a couple of days before the field trip for updates. Weather may alter plans, so watch the forecast and dress appropriately. Trips return to Benton Center by noon.

  • January 10
  • February 14
  • March 14

Field trip coordinator is Bill Proebsting, proebstw@gmail.com , 541-752-0108

Bicycle Birding

May through September

Note: We will be meeting at a different location for every trip.

Trips are free. Bring a bicycle helmet, water and binoculars. We ride slowly, listen for birds and stop frequently. Trip lengths are less than 10 miles. For more information, contact Don Bouchon PH: 541-753-7689, bouchdon@peak.org"

All trips are on the 4th Sunday of each month. May - September, 9 a.m. - Noon

  • TBA

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PO Box 148
Corvallis, OR 97339
Email: Audubon.Corvallis@gmail.com