2018 Birds and Botany of the South Warner Wilderness - SOLD OUT
Photos by Cheryl Beyer
This field course is now sold out. Please call us at 541-597-8530 to add your name to the waiting list.
Instructors: Cheryl Beyer, M.S., Dave Haupt, Janel Johnson, M.S., Kevin Spencer, M.A.
Dates: Friday-Sunday, June 29 - July 1, 2018
Location: Directions to our campground will be emailed to all registered students.
SFI heads southeast to the botanically and bird-rich Warner Mountains, the northernmost extension of Basin and Range province in California, close to the Oregon and Nevada borders. Our study of Wilderness diversity begins with a Friday evening bird walk in the campground, which features a bird list of several dozen species. We’ll be on the lookout for owls, woodpeckers and sapsuckers. Saturday we’ll hike a portion of the Summit Trail and watch for additional birds (possibilities include Green-tailed Towhees, Cassin’s Finches, and a variety of raptors). We'll also study wildflowers in a mixture of habitats on the Summit Trail and elsewhere. Possible plant species we’re likely to see include Dicentra uniflorus, Rocky Mountain snow kittens (Synthyris missurica), the alpine spring beauty (Claytonia megarhiza), longtailed star tulip (Calochortus longebarbatus), Baker’s globemallow (Illiamna bakeri ) and several species of Botrychium and Eriogonum as well as the Washoe pine. As we hike, we’ll also learn about the Warner Range’s geologic history as part of the Cascadia subduction zone. Sunday’s itinerary will involve a shorter hike near the campground followed by a car trip over to the east side ending in the alkaline lake-dotted Surprise Valley, where we might encounter Bobolinks.
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