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July 19 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am

The Bird Days of Summer: Exploring Benson Pond (Harney County)

This bird walk will start at the Benson Pond Trailhead and will travel along the northern edge of Benson Pond, through the stand of homestead era trees and back to the parking area. The diversity of aquatic habitat, emergent marsh, sagebrush/shrubland, and deciduous trees provides for a diverse assortment of bird species. This walk provides a great opportunity for observing ducks in non-breeding plumage and practicing duck ID.


Distance: up to 3 miles
Elevation change: <10% grade from parking lot
Trail tread and width: Access road with some gravel, 36” wide; option to walk on footpath under trees with some unsecure footing.
Pacing: We will move at a slow, making frequent stops to enjoy birds and other nature that we discover.
Amenities: Parking is limited, there are no bathrooms or water at Benson Pond
Rest Stops: There are a few benches under the trees, about .75 miles up the trail.


Join Bird Alliance of Oregon’s Education and Conservation Teams for The Bird Days of Summer, a series of free, super beginner-friendly programs for anyone curious about birds in nature. We’re combining community-building, exploration, and fun to create safe spaces for people to get to know each other as well as the birds. Binoculars can be provided upon request, and we’ll begin each program with a short “how-to” to help you get started.


The Bird Days of Summer Field Trip Details


July 19
8:00 am - 10:00 am
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Tara Lemezis