Oregon Birding Association

2017 Annual Meeting — Malheur


We are happy to announce that the Annual Meeting will take place at Malheur Field Station on September 15, 16, and 17, 2017. This is our first visit to Malheur National Wildlife Refuge since 2008.

Speakers


Our Friday night speaker is Claudio Mello of OHSU, who will speak on how birds learn to vocalize. Our Saturday night speaker is Noah Strycker, who speaks on his international Big Year.

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 in fall migration. On Saturday Duncan Evered of MFS will offer a van trip, limited to 10 participants only, a 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. It is possible to stay on at MFS on Monday the 18th for independent birding.

Special features


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.

Breakfast and dinner will be served at MFS, and boxed lunches are available. There will be two meal options, vegetarian and non-veg, because unlike a restaurant, menus are not planned far in advance. There is a $34.00 per day meal ticket for all three meals.

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.

Registration


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

Photo of Yellow-headed Blackbirds at Malheur NWR by Dan Streiffert.