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Spring Arrival Weekend – Sold Out

April 26 - April 28

Spring Arrival | Birding in Summer Lake, Oregon

Join PLAYA, Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA), and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife on April 26 – 28th, Friday to Sunday, to celebrate the spring arrival of the migration to the Oregon Outback! Expert birder and longtime ONDA member Craig Miller will also be leading a guided birding session with the equally formidable Marilyn Miller. PLAYA’s long-time neighbor and wildlife management expert Marty St. Louis (aka “The Duck Commander” of the Summer Lake Wildlife Area) will also be offering a talk and tour. As a bonus, PLAYA’s very own Facilities Manager, bird and GIS/GPS expert Mark Hedrick, will present on tech use for birding and PLAYA’s participation in Audubon’s Climate Watch. The cost of the weekend includes:

  • Lodging for two nights at PLAYA in one of our cabins
  • Healthy, fresh, mostly organic dinner Saturday night
  • Basic kitchen in your private cabin
  • Presentation Friday evening by Marty St. Louis on preserve management related to non-hunted wildlife
  • Tour of Summer Lake Wildlife Area Saturday morning with Marty St. Louis and Mark Hedrick
  • Birding tour with Craig and Marilyn Miller in the Fremont National Forest or Chewaucan Marsh (limited to 10 people)
  • Salon/ workshop with Mark Hedrick on using technology for birding including Audubon’s Climate Watch
  • Van transportation during birding tours
  • Access to the Commons Building, which includes a chef’s kitchen, reference and artists’ library, yoga room projector and screens, grand fireplace inside, and outdoor fire pit

Itinerary: Friday

  • 1 to 3 p.m. — check-In
  • Dinner on your own
  • 7 p.m. — Marty St. Louis presentation


  • Breakfast on your own
  • 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. — Marty and Mark tour of Summer Lake Wildlife Area
  • Lunch on your own
  • Afternoon — Open birding
  • Dinner together at Commons
  • 7 p.m. — Mark talk on tech for birders and Audubon climate watch
  • Breakfast on your own
  • a.m. time TBD — Craig and Marilyn Miller forest birding or at Chewaucan Marsh
  • noon — check-out


  • Single occupancy — $375
  • Double occupancy — $550

Please register by following this link. Please note that this event is limited to 10 people and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Upon registration you will receive a “Know Before You Go” document, confirm of your payment, and PLAYA’s liability waiver for your signature. More Information on the presenters here: Marty St. Louis

Cancellation Policy
If you need to make a registration cancellation, please call 541.943.3983 or email trina@playasummerlake.org
– Canceling a registration 21+ days prior to workshop = 100% refund less a $ 35 administrative fee
–  Canceling a registration 14-20 days before workshop = 50% refund less a $35 administrative fee
– There is no refund for registration cancelations made less than 14 days before the first day of the workshop.
– Refunds will be issued by check or Paypal
– Playa may cancel a workshop 14 days before the start date if enrollment is too low or if requested by the instructor. We will notify you, and you will receive a 100% refund.


April 26
April 28
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