We will spend 2 and a half days exploring habitats (including the beautiful Metolius River) in this Central Oregon Birding hotspot. We’ll see many species common to this area including White-headed Woodpecker, Pygmy Nuthatch, Pinyon Jay and search for some less common species including Calliope Hummingbird, Veery and Waterthrush.

Our leader will be Jimmy Billstine.  Jimmy led a coastal bird field trip for UVAS in and around Bandon in November of 2021. He lives in Tillamook and teaches Sophomore and AP English at Neah-Kay-Nie High School. He first fell in love with the birds and landscapes of Douglas County when he lived and taught in Myrtle creek and Riddle. His favorite birds are owls, and his favorite Douglas County birding memory is having a momma Great-horned Owl chase him a mile and a half through the snow at Diamond Lake back to his car at 2 am with a broken flashlight. Jimmy has also led birding trips for the Rogue Valley and Lincoln City Audubon Societies, as well as the Oregon Birding Association. He is also the compiler of the Tillamook Bay Christmas Bird Count

Birders of all levels are welcome and will be accommodated. Total number of participants will be no more than 15.  Participants must be vaccinated for Covid 19 (please bring your vaccination card or have a photo of your card on your phone) and should have a mask with them to use if needed. You will be responsible for your own lodging and meals. For purposes of choosing your lodging, the daily meet-up will be in the Black Butte area.  More specific details on meetup place and time will be given to all closer to the dates above. We will figure out carpooling at our morning meet-ups.

This field trip is made possible by a donation in memory of Anna Slemmer, who was an environmentalist and ardent supporter of Umpqua Valley Audubon Society. 

Contact Mark Hamm via email at mark@hammdentistry.com to sign up or ask more questions.