Birding in Summer Lake May 21-23


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Cost: $275 (lodging not included)
Dates: May 21-23
Instructor: Pepper Trail

This guided tour will highlight the spectacular abundance and diversity of birds in the Summer Lake Wildlife Area. From Sandhill Cranes to Black-necked Stilts, Wilson's Phalaropes to Sage Thrashers, this high desert oasis hosts some of Oregon's most beautiful and fascinating birds. We will also visit near-by areas like Lake Abert, and learn about the geology and archaeology of Oregon's Great Basin. All levels of experience are welcome, and diverse physical abilities may be able to be accommodated.

This workshop starts Friday evening with a socially distanced, communal dinner and presentation. Dinner will also be provided Saturday evening. All other meals are on your own. A workshop syllabus will be shared with participants 3 weeks before workshop start date.

Cabin rental packages for this workshops available here.

Recommended equipment to bring:
• hat
• sunscreen
• insect repellent
• water bottle(s)
• binoculars
• favorite bird field guide or app
• spotting scope and tripod if you have them
• hiking poles if you use them (needed only for short hikes to view petroglyphs)
• light hiking shoes
• clothes for layering (can be hot in the day, cold at night)

Instructor Bio:
Dr. Pepper Trail is well known in Oregon birding circles and is a sought-after birding guide on tours worldwide. A board member of Playa, he has a special love for the Summer Lake region. He's been called the Sherlock Holmes of bird crime for his work in wildlife forensics, and has been featured in articles in Audubon and National Geographic. He's also an accomplished poet and a gifted and enthusiastic teacher for birders at all levels of experience.

COVID Safety:
PLAYA is doing all it can to keep its guests and staff safe with COVID. PLAYA is naturally spacious which easily allows guests to follow 6’ distancing guide-lines. Sanitation procedures will be strictly followed and programming will be conducted outdoors as much as possible. Masks will be required for any in-door programming with 6’ distances between participants. Some indoor spaces on campus may be closed to visitors.

* Please note, PLAYA does not have a restaurant or store to purchase additional meals. There are small convenience stores and restaurants in Summer Lake 11 miles north and in Paisley 17 miles south