Beginning Bird Walk, Camp Polk Meadow Preserve

***In an effort to promote the health and safety of our community, we have CANCELED our participation in this event.***


Join the Deschutes Land Trust and Ben Ward for a beginner's bird walk at Camp Polk Meadow Preserve. Spring migration is here! We'll seek out songbirds, trusty local birds, and magnificent raptors while sauntering through the forest and meadow of one of Central Oregon's birding hotspots. This is your chance to explore your burgeoning bird curiosities and acquire some basics of birding, including identifying birds by size, shape, color, behavior, and habitat. **Registration is required and opens 1 month prior to the event.**

  • Outing Details + Route

    Hike Rating: This is a moderate ~2 mile hike. 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 a gravel trail, 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, 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.