A Bird’s-Eye View
We’re taking our binoculars to one of Oregon’s treasured wildlife refuges to watch the state’s most fickle residents take flight.
The Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Eastern Oregon was one of the first refuges established in the United States and remains one of the most treasured. More than 65,000 visitors come to the refuge annually, drawn to the region’s interesting history, natural beauty, solitude and renowned diversity of wildlife — namely birds. Spring is prime time at Malheur, when 130 of the 320-plus bird species spotted on the refuge typically appear, either to nest or to rest and refuel before migrating north. A trip to Malheur is a family-friendly way to celebrate the beauty of spring in the high desert.
about author Kim Cooper Findling
Kim Cooper Findling grew up on the Oregon Coast and became a Central Oregon girl in the mid-90s, taking in the sunny skies and never looking back (except a few wistful glances at the ocean). She is the editor of “Cascade Journal” and the author of “Day Trips From Portland: Getaway Ideas for the Local Traveler” and “Chance of Sun: An Oregon Memoir.” Catch her around the state sampling microbrews, hiking river trails, revisiting the ocean, taking silly pictures with her iPhone and hanging out with her family.
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