Oregon Birding Association

38th Annual Meeting — September 15-17, 2017



Meeting Headquarters:
Malheur Field Station
34848 Sodhouse Lane, Princeton, Oregon 97721

Registration


NOTE: Registration deadline is September 7.

OBA registration forms and instructions will follow. As it was last year, both online and mail-in options are available on this website.

To register online, click here.

To register by mail and send in a check, click here.


OBA Annual Meeting Youth Scholarships


New this year! OBA is pleased to offer three Youth Scholarships for this year’s Annual Meeting in Malheur. The scholarship will cover two nights lodging at the Field Station, six meals, and registration fees. Click here for more information.


Special Considerations


Being at MFS offers several new features different from meetings in recent years. These include pre-breakfast bird walks, a bring-your-own-bottle alcohol policy, and a meal-ticket package.


Lodging


OBA has a variety of the different MFS lodgings set aside for our group, including RV sites, private and semi-private rooms with kitchenette, mobile homes, and dormitory beds. To get a full description, make your choice and reserve it, you will need to call Duncan Evered at MFS. He will describe what is available and take your reservation and payment. Prices start at $30.00 per night. You may reserve your lodging at MFS starting immediately. All arrangements are first-come, first-served.

Please call Duncan Evered at: (541) 493-2629.


Schedule


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15
4:00 pm - Check-in
Malheur Field Station, 34848 Sodhouse Lane, Princeton OR 97721

5:00 pm - Social Hour
Alcoholic beverages will not be available for purchase. Bring your own beverage(s) of choice.

6:00 pm - Dinner
Meals are cafeteria-style adn include vegetarian options.

7:30 pm - Evening Program
Oregon Health & Science University neuroscientist Claudio Mello, Ph.D., will speak on how birds learn to vocalize. Dr. Mello is an international expert on learning and memory, in particular how birds learn to vocalize.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
Before breakfast - No-leader dawn birding

8:00 am - Breakfast
Meals are cafeteria style and include vegetarian options. We will also be building our box lunches at this time.

9:00 am - Field trips depart

5:00 pm - Social hour
Alcoholic beverages will not be available for purchase. Bring you own beverage(s) of choice.

6:00 pm - Dinner
Meals are cafeteria style and include vegetarian options.

6:45 pm - Oregon Birding Association Membership Annual Meeting

7:30 pm - Evening Program
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17
Before-breakfast - no-leader dawn birding

8:00 am - Breakfast
Meals are cafeteria style and include vegetarian options. We will also be building our box lunches at this time.

9:00 am - Field trips depart

Field Trips


On Saturday and Sunday, we will offer 5 to 7 birding field trips a day, of different lengths, on and around Malheur NWR. There will be sign-ups for these free trips at the meeting.

In addition, this year we are offering van field trips. There is a fee for each of these trips and pre-registration is required:

NOTE: Both van trips below are sold out. Contact Pamela if you wish to be put on a waiting list.

Malheur Field Station Birding Tour with director Duncan Evered:
Duncan holds a degree in Ornithology from Oxford University. He will guide you around ideal locations for birding on the Refuge. This is also chance for you to learn more about high desert natural history. If there is enough demand, we will offer a second trip with him on Sunday. Saturday: 9:00 to about 3:00, Sunday 9:00 to about noon. Limit 10 participants.

Blitzen Valley Birding Tour with Noah Strycker:
Join our featured speaker, Noah Strycker, for bird watching at some of his favorite places in the Blitzen Valley. This tour will take you through Malheur Refuge with stops at the historic Sod House Ranch, a stop at headquarters, and then a drive through the center of the refuge past wetlands, ponds, meadows, and riparian areas to Page Springs. Noah is a longtime visitor to the refuge and Harney County and this tour will give you the opportunity to view a wide variety of birds on the refuge. Saturday only: 9:00 to about 3:00. Limit 9 participants.