Long-eared Owl at Malheur NWR by Harry Fuller (c) 2016
By all accounts and in every way, the just-returned Malheur in Fall birding expedition was a resounding success! Bird guide author, wildlife photographer, and birding extraordinaire Harry Fuller led bird explorers 15 strong into the wilds of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Steens Mountain (Cooperative Management and Protection Area), and the surrounding area. Over four days and nights, based at the Malheur Field Station, the wide and wild western landscape revealed inspiring views, fantastic bird sightings (including the elusive Long-eared Owl), and a heartening natural history lesson none of us were too young or too old to embrace. Our group moved gently through the good days and nights with care and appreciation for each other and the birds.
Malheur landscape by Kirk Gooding (c) 2016
When asked what we and others could do to support the Malheur Field Station and the nonprofit Great Basin Society (which manages it), Co-Director Duncan Evered answered quite clearly: love the land, enjoy its beauty, and take pleasure in the birds. AND WE DID!
See more of what we saw at Harry Fuller’s blog