Join Mike Houck, Ron Carley, and other notorious birders for the ultimate gonzo Birdathon. This year the Turkeys head north to Washington State. Begin in Walla Walla with stops at McNary NWR, Potholes State Park, and Yakima Canyon, overnight in Ellensburg. Head west Saturday through the beautiful White Pass area and end at Ocean Shores. Sunday, finish the coast and end at Ridgefield NWR. Transportation and lodging provided. A minimum of $700 in pledges is required.
Trip Date(s): Friday-Sunday, May 18–20, 2018
Meeting Time: Ron Carley will email schedule details, itinerary, and preparation information to all team members. Estimated Return Time: Ron Carley will email schedule details, itinerary, and preparation information to all team members.
Trip Rating and Physical Activity: Intense: Our goal is to see the maximum number of species as possible, adding them to our overall count and quickly moving on.
Walking Distance: < 2 miles per day; Trip Duration: 3 Days; Greatest Elevation Gain: minimal elevation gain, <150 ft.; Sun Exposure: 75% or more; Walking and Trail Conditions: Average: Walking 1 mile+, moderate grade, occasional steep sections or stairs. Up to 150 ft. Appropriate for participants with average walking ability. Trails may have rocks, roots or other hazards.. Intense Pace/ Average Walking.
Your Leader Biography:
About your Leader, Mike Houck:
Mike has been the Audubon Society of Portland's Urban Naturalist since 1982. He received a B.S. in Zoology from Iowa State University and an MST from Portland State University (1972).
He is also Executive Director of the Urban Greenspaces Institute, which was founded in 1999. Mike co-edited “Wild in the City, A Guide to Portland's Natural Areas” (OHS Press, 2000); “Wild in the City, Exploring The Intertwine” (OSU Press, 2011); and the international “Routledge Handbook of Urban Ecology” (Routledge, 2015). He was a co-founder of the Coalition for a Livable Future (1994) and The Intertwine Alliance.