Photo: Joan Amero.

Birding by Ear

DATE: May 20, 2023
TIME: 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM
PLACE: Camp Polk Meadow Preserve

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Join the Deschutes Land Trust and Amy Sanchez for a bird walk at one of Central Oregon's birding hot spots--Camp Polk Meadow Preserve. Learn techniques for using your ears (and technology!) to identify birds by sound alone. Enjoy a leisurely stroll around Hindman Springs and into the meadow as you learn about the birds that inhabit this Preserve. Registration is required and opens 1 month prior to the event.

  • Outing Details + Route

    Hike Rating: This is an easy 1 mile walk. Portions will be on a gravel trail and through a grassy meadow.

    Route: This hike will start at the Camp Polk Meadow Preserve kiosk, follow roads and trails, and then venture off-trail into the meadow. Terrain will be uneven at times.

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

  • What to Bring

    Binoculars (if you have them), snacks/lunch, water, closed toe shoes. Dress for the weather.

  • About the Property

    Camp Polk Meadow Preserve is a 152 acre Preserve on Whychus Creek near Sisters, Oregon. The Preserve was first established by the Deschutes Land Trust in 2000. The Preserve contains approximately 1.4 miles of Whychus Creek, wetlands, meadows, aspen groves and ponderosa pine stands. It is home to a variety of plant and wildlife species and is one of Central Oregon's birding hot spots. The Preserve also has a long and illustrious history as a crossroads for Native Americans, explorers, soldiers and settlers.

  • Accessibility

    The Land Trust is working to make our Walks + Hikes as accessible as possible. Please let us know at least one week in advance if there is something we can do or provide to support you in participating in this outing to the fullest and we will accommodate as possible.