Birding in the Highlands

On Saturday, June 17th, 2017, OHA teamed up with the Okanogan Land Trust (OLT) to offer an educational birding field trip in the Okanogan Highlands.

The event began at 7:00 a.m., with the first stop at a private landowner’s property in Wauconda. Songbirds are most active first thing in the morning, which makes it the best time of day to see and hear a diversity of species. The second stop was birding hike through OHA’s Lost Lake Wetland and Wildlife Preserve and along the lake to observe the loons, followed by a fingerfood potluck picnic lunch.

Participants walked in small groups to create a pleasant setting for watching and listening, with guides including George Halekas, Lee Johnson, Todd Thorn, and others. This field trip provided an opportunity for those with an interest in birding to interact with other curious community members and to learn more, firsthand, about the birds of the Okanogan Highlands.

Participants were invited to stay at Lost Lake after lunch and enjoy swimming, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, or other recreational activities.

OHA would like to thank the group leaders for their meaningful contributions to this experience: George Halekas, Lee Johnson, Todd Thorn, and Allisa Carlson. Special thanks to Lee Johnson for hosting the field trip birders on his property.

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