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 the Author: Kim Cooper Findling

Kim Cooper Findling grew up on the Oregon Coast but became a Central Oregon girl in the mid-90s, taking in the sunny skies and never looking back (expect a few wistful glances at the ocean). She is the editor of “Central Oregon Magazine” 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, taking silly pictures with her iPhone, and camping with her husband and two daughters in the family tent trailer, Brutus.

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