Great Basin Natural History Sept. 16-19


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Cost: $400
Dates: September 16-19, 2021
Instructor: Pepper Trail and Daniele McKay

Discover and explore the extraordinary geology, flora, and fauna of the Summer Lake region with ornithologist Pepper Trail and geologist Daniele McKay. In this 3-night experience, enjoy evening presentations by both experts and field trips in the valley for hands-on exploration and immersion into the natural history of Oregon’s Great Basin. Areas visited will include the Summer Lake Wildlife Management Area, Winter Rim, and Lake Abert, highlighting the region’s remarkable biodiversity, active faulting and volcanism, and record of past climate change. 

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

Click HERE to view available cabin rental packages for this workshop.

Recommended equipment to bring:
• hat
• sunscreen
• insect repellent
• water bottle(s)
• binoculars
• hiking poles if you use them
• hiking shoes
• clothes for layering (can be hot in the day, cold at night)

Instructor Bio:
Dr. Daniele McKay is an adjunct instructor in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Oregon. She lives in Bend, Oregon and teaches online geology courses throughout the academic year, and field courses in central Oregon during the summer. Her research background is in physical volcanology with a focus on recent mafic eruptions in the central Oregon Cascades. She is also interested in how societies prepare for and respond to natural disasters, especially volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. She has worked with Deschutes County, the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, Oregon Partnership for Disaster Resilience, and the Red Cross on natural hazard preparedness and mitigation in central Oregon.

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 guidelines. Sanitation procedures will be strictly followed and programming will be conducted outdoors as much as possible. Masks will be required for any indoor 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 is a small convenience store and restaurant in Summer Lake 11 miles north and in Paisley 17 miles south