May Fieldtrip-Jasper Mt and Phipps Meadow

western bluebird

Western Bluebird by Jim Parrish

Two great field trips are in the works within the next month. Both involve visiting privately held
wildlife sanctuaries; here are the details so far:
Jasper Mountain Reserve, May 18th . This newly created 330 acre sanctuary is about 30
miles away at the top of Jasper Mountain. There are miles of trails, beautiful views, meadows
and ponds. The owners have waived the $10 entrance fee, and are excited to share their
reserve with Audubon for a birding trip.

Time: Saturday, May 18th, meet at Harper Joy parking lot at Whitman college at 8am.  It will take about an hour to get up there.  When you return is up to you.  We’ll encourage carpooling but there is lots of parking.
Trails: See the trail map below.  Feel free to print it out. We’ll stay on the flatter trails, hoping to find many birds as well as wildflowers.  Mike Denny and Harmut Stetcher, the owner, will guide us.
What to Bring: Warm clothes, we’re at about 4,000 ft, as well as water, a lunch or snack. And of course binoculars and a camera.
Thanks for signing up.  This is a great opportunity to see a special place.

Questions?  Please contact Sue Parrish
wallawallanana@gmail.com or text 509-540-2189.

 

Phipps Meadow, May 31-June 1. This reserve is located about 180 miles away in the John
Day area of Oregon and consists of 220 acres of meadows and pine forests with over 70 bird
species. It is owned by the Blue Mountain Land Trust, and they have asked for Audubon’s
expert help to count and ID the bird species. This trip would involve about a 3 hr drive
traveling to the area Friday, May 31, and then spending the night camping or lodging in John
Day. The nx day involves a pre-sunrise wakeup, starting the count at sunrise, counting for 4
hours or so, and then tallying the species before heading home.
If you are interested in either of these trips please notify Sue Parrish at
wallawallanana@gmail.com or text 509-540-2189.

The Blue Mountain Land Trust is sponsoring this event, so you must sign up at this link:
https://bmlt.org/events/phippsmeadow-birdcount
There will be campsites reserved at Bates State Park, about a three hour drive from here in the John Day area. Dinner and breakfast will be provided. On June 1st, counting sessions run from 5:15 -8, then breakfast, and second count from 8:45-10. Afterwards you are on your own to continue exploring the area or head home.

 

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