Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

June 3-7, 1998

A little rain, some sun, warm and cloudy with hardly any bugs was the weather pattern of our five-day trip to Malheur and beyond. All told, 100 bird species were seen. Thursday and Friday were spent birding, seeing and listening to the sights and sounds of Malheur, Diamond Craters and the Round Barn. Evening dinners Were enjoyed at the French Glen Hotel. Saturday we left Malheur, had lunch in Fields, did some local birding and had a good soak in Boggs hot springs (measured at 112° F) and saw three Golden Eagles along the way from Fields to Paisley. Due to recent heavy rains the road north from Fields to the Alvord hot springs was too muddy for travel. Another item of interest, for those traveling in this corner of the state, is that the business facilities at Denio Junction have closed, so the only place for gas is at Fields. We stopped briefly at the Sheldon Wildlife Refuge, viewed the pelican rookery at Pelican Lake, north of Adel, had dinner in Paisley and camped Saturday night along the Chewaucan River. Sunday morning we toured the Summer Lake Refuge with an excellent sighting of a family of Great Homed Owls (two adults and three fledglings), had lunch at Fort Rock and returned to Eugene in the late afternoon. Enjoying this adventure were Barb Elsen, Jane Hackett, Sylvia Harvey, Joe Lowry, Sig Otto (who elected to spend a few extra days exploring on his own), Ardys Ringsdorf, Denise Sevigny and trip leader Glenn Meares.

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