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Nature Journal: Malheur Refuge in Oregon [Video]

Ivan Phillipsen

Ivan takes a long weekend to go birding and camping in southeastern Oregon

May, 2020

The COVID-19 crisis has been keeping many of us at home a for the last couple months, social distancing to slow the spread of the virus.

If you’re like me, you’ve been spending more time watching birds in the backyard this spring. I’ve really enjoyed getting even more acquainted with my neighborhood bird buddies.

But I wanted to take advantage of being home at this lovely time of year (as opposed to being off in some far-away country, leading a tour), to explore a corner of my home state of Oregon. Southeastern Oregon is largely empty of people and also possessed some world-class natural features.

I took a long weekend to go camping by myself in this quiet region. Over four days, I didn’t interact with a single human out there. Social distancing, indeed.

My primary goal was to explore Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. This is the crown jewel of birding locations in the state of Oregon. My visit was in mid-May the birds were rockin’ all across the refuge.

I filmed my experience and put together a video for you. Check it out, either above or by watching it directly on YouTube.

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