Trail & Award
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:
- April 24-26: Rogue Valley. April's traditional
Klamath trip is replaced by our tour of the Rogue Valley and visit to the
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
- September 11-13: 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: email@example.com.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, firstname.lastname@example.org , 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.
- April 11: Basket Slough NWR
- May 9: Finley NWR
Field trip coordinator is Bill Proebsting, email@example.com , 541-752-0108
May through September
Bring a bicycle helmet, water and binoculars. We ride slowly, listen for birds and stop frequently. Trip lengths are less than 10 miles.
To ensure an optimal birding experience for all participants, this year we will be requiring registrations and limiting each trip to 12 participants. There will be waiting lists in case of cancellations. Registered participants will be notified a few days prior to each event and those on the waiting list will be notified if they may attend. There is no deadline for registration, but register early for any or all trips to ensure your spot.
To Register contact Don Boucher - email is preferred!
PH: 541-753-7689, firstname.lastname@example.org.
You’ll receive meeting locations and instructions upon registration.
- May 31: E.E Wilson Wildlife Area. (Parking permits required from ODF&W)
- June 28: Willamette Park/Kendall Natural Area—Corvallis
- July 26: Downtown Corvallis to Sunset Park and back
- Aug 30: Albany Bike Trails and Talking Water Gardens
- Sept. 27: Benton County Fairgrounds, Bald Hill Park and Campus Way Covered Bridge—Corvallis
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