Dan van den Broek and Mark Greenfield will guide you on a three day, two night trip to NE Oregon, including LaGrande, Enterprise and Zumwalt Prairie. Our focus is on quality, not quantity, but we expect to see 120-140 species. Transportation and lodging provided. A minimum of $600 in pledges is required. Target birds include Swainson's Hawk, Horned Lark Gray Catbird, Veery, Grasshopper Sparrow, and Mountain Quail. Transportation and lodging (double occupancy) are provided. A minimum of $600 in pledges is required.
Trip Date(s): Friday-Sunday, June 1-3, 2018
Meeting Time: 7 a.m. unless informed otherwise. Estimated Return Time: 6 p.m.
Trip Rating and Physical Activity: Relaxed: We stop to enjoy the habitat and take time to enjoy good looks at common, as well as rare birds with the objective of everyone getting a chance to see the bird.
Walking Distance: 3-5 miles daily; Trip Duration: This is a three day, two night "Gonzo" trip ; Greatest Elevation Gain: Typically low to moderate elevation gain, not to exceed a few hundred feet per day; Sun Exposure: 50% or more; Walking and Trail Conditions: Strenuous: Extensive walking, moderately steep gradient. 150 to 750 ft. elevation change. Appropriate for participants in good physical condition with strong hiking skills. Trails may be rough or nonexistent in places.
Maximum Number of Participants: 10
Your Leader Biography:
About your Leader, Dan van den Broek:
Dan started birding at a young age when he began to notice birds around a 10-acre woodland next to his parents' house. His enthusiasm for birds led him to the Audubon Society of Portland and his first bird walk along the railroad tracks of the Springwater Corridor, where he saw his first Great Horned Owl. Inspired by the leadership at Portland Audubon and Oregon Birding Association, Dan began searching for a career where he could enjoy birds and the outdoors. Dan has surveyed endangered Golden-cheeked Warblers and Black-capped Vireos in Texas and has spent time at Point Reyes Bird Observatory, Redwoods Sciences Lab, Klamath Bird Observatory, Costa Rica Bird Observatory, and Avifauna Northwest. Dan now leads international trips and when he isn't birding he might be botanizing, identifying dragonflies and butterflies, or plotting how to natures cape, plant edibles and attract birds and pollinators to his garden.
About your Leader, Mark Greenfield:
Mark has been an Audubon volunteer since the early 1980s, following his first Birdathon trip (with his mom) to Davis Lake in the Oregon Cascades. Mark has participated in about 30 Birdathons, including the very first "Gonzo" trips with Mike Houck and James Davis back in the 1980s. Mark served on the Portland Audubon Board of Directors from about 1983 to 1991, including a stint as Board President, and he rejoined the Board in 2015. Together with Patty Newland and Dan van den Broek, Mark hatched the idea for a Lagerhead Shrikes Birdathon team in 2012. Mark represented Portland Audubon in developing the Willamette Valley Birding Trail and In 2016 he assisted Dan van den Broek in leading an Audubon birding trip to North Carolina. He serves as Chair of Audubon's Development and Membership Committee and frequently hosts the annual Legacy Circle event. Mark travels the world to see birds and he birds on a daily basis from his home on Sauvie Island.