Beginning Bird Walk, Indian Ford Meadow Preserve

Join the Deschutes Land Trust and Jan Rising for a beginner's bird walk at picturesque Indian Ford Meadow Preserve. Explore pine forest, sage-flats, and creek-side willows in search for songbirds, hummingbirds, and soaring raptors. Learn the basics of birding, including identifying birds by size, shape, color, behavior, and habitat. Registration is required and opens 1 month prior to the event.

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  • Outing Details + Route

    Hike Rating: This is a moderate hike ~2 mile hike on and off trail. Terrain will be uneven at times.

    Route: This hike will follow the Indian Ford Meadow Preserve Trail.

    Elevation gain/loss: There is very little elevation gain/loss on this hike.

  • What to bring

    Binoculars, snacks, water, sturdy hiking shoes. Dress for the weather

  • About the Preserve

    Indian Ford Meadow was donated to the Land Trust in 1996 by a local landowner to protect its dramatic scenic views and important wildlife habitat. Bisected by Indian Ford Creek, this picturesque 63 acre meadow near Sisters (see map below) contains a unique diversity of ecosystems ranging from wetlands to pine forest. The Preserve also serves as a migratory corridor for mule deer and a breeding ground for migratory songbirds.