July is an excellent time to look for breeding birds at higher elevations, like Mountain Bluebirds, Sandhill Cranes, Lazuli Buntings, various Warblers, and even… possibly… Great Gray Owls. On July 6th from 9am to 2pm, Harry Fuller will lead a small bird watching trip in and around the Howard Prairie and Hyatt Lake area. For more information about Harry, our world renowned trip leader, see below. Please join us for this safety-first outing; we will spend the morning seeking connection and rejuvenation from the wonder and beauty of our shared birds.
For health and safety reasons we will practice personal distancing and other COVID-19 precautions during this trip. The trip will be limited to six cars and we ask that drivers only transport passengers from within their immediate families and/or “social bubbles.” Please bring hand sanitizer and a mask to wear when social distancing is not possible. We will not bring scopes for sharing during this trip. Thank you for keeping these and other best practices for avoiding the spread of COVID-19 in mind during this trip. To learn more about KBO’s safety-first response to the Coronavisus Pandemic please click here.
Logistics: Each birder is asked to bring their own supplies — a vehicle with a full gas tank, binoculars, a camera, and plenty of water and lunch/snacks. The rendezvous site will be announced soon. This trip is a fundraiser for Klamath Bird Observatory with a suggested donation of $30 per person (checks made payable to Klamath Bird Observatory). To sign up, contact Shannon Rio at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-840-4655.
Harry Fuller has lived in Oregon since 2007. Before retirement he managed TV and Internet newsrooms in San Francisco and London. Harry has written three natural history books, including Great Gray Owl in California, Oregon and Washington, and San Francisco’s Natural History, Sand Dunes to Streetcars. In 2019, Oregon State University Press published Edge of Awe, an anthology of essays about the Malheur-Steens country. Fuller contributed the chapter on Common Nighthawks at Malheur.
He has been leading bird trips and teaching birding classes since the 1990s. Currently he leads trips for the Malheur Field Station and the Klamath Bird Observatory and provides private guiding service. He is consulting with KS Wild to protect BLM-managed Great Gray Owl breeding habitat in Jackson County. You can find his birding journal online at atowhee.blog.