Birding & Binoculars
The Old Mill District and the East Cascades Audubon Society offer free weekly bird walks to the public every other Friday from early April through the end of May each year. The dates this year are April 7, April 21, May 5 and May 19.
These free walks are guided by an expert from the Society and wind around the trails of the Old Mill District that run along the Deschutes River. The area is a migratory corridor and attracts a whole host of incredible birds either passing through or as cherished residents. Spring is an excellent time to see all the action with warming weather, nesting and migration.
The bi-weekly, two-hour walks are appropriate for all ages and interested parties, from novices to experienced avian experts. Groups will meet at 10am at the Ticket Mill in the core of the Old Mill District, where binoculars are available for check out. Participants can also pick up a specially designed birding list to help identify birds and some common animals seen along the walk.
The Sunriver Nature Center will offer Bird Walks along the Deschutes River on Sundays from 7:30-8:30am. During the summer months families will have the chance to see such species as red-winged black birds, Belted Kingfisher, Cedar Waxwings, or even Bald Eagles along the river in the Old Mill District.
Talks will be geared towards each audience and will be suitable for both kids and adults. Bring your cameras and binoculars. Meet the Naturalist in the plaza next to Strictly Organic Coffee Co.
Sunriver Nature Center
The Sunriver Nature Center has naturalists guided full moon hikes along Lake Aspen, the Deschutes River and through a meadow where you can listen and look for nocturnal creatures from 8-9pm. Registration required. Call 541-593-4394.
Deschutes Land Trust Walk and Hikes
Led by volunteer naturalists, these outings explore new hiking trails, observe migrating songbirds and take in spring wildflowers. All walks and hikes are free, registration required at Deschutes Land Trust.