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July 15, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Malheur After Dark

Come celebrate dark skies and all things nocturnal at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters. This program will take visitors behind the gates to the Blitzen River boat launch. There, we’ll take an evening bird walk, look for bats and badgers, and enjoy a star viewing experience with the Oregon Observatory. ADA compliant bathrooms are available at headquarters. Parking will be available at the boat launch. See below for schedule and to sign-up.

Burrowing Owl at Malheur at dawn
Burrowing Owl at Malheur, photo by Tara Lemezis

Sunset River Walk | 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Many birders enjoy exploring Malheur NWR near sunrise, or early in the day. We’ll be changing things up a bit with this evening bird walk, looking for birds to emerge as the temperatures cool down. We will be parking near the boat launch and walking along the Blitzen River.


Bat Walk and Badger Quest | 8:15 – 9 p.m.

For this nocturnal outing we’ll break out the bat detector and see which bat species are out foraging. We’ll talk about why Malheur is important for Oregon bat species. Bats aren’t the only mammals we’ll keep an eye out for. We’ll be on the look out for badgers and maybe a bobcat!


Star Program | 9 – 10 p.m.

We’ll conclude the evening with an eye toward the sky with Oregon Observatory. View planets, stars, globular clusters, maybe even the “blue cheerio,” the Andromeda Galaxy, and other super cool space objects.


July 15, 2023
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Distance: 2 miles
Elevation Change: This path is flat
Trail tread and width: Gravel surface there may be some uneven surfaces, >36" wide
Pacing: We will be moving slow with frequent stops to look for birds, snaps pictures of the sunset, ID bats, and look for other cool wildlife
Amenities: Bathrooms will be available at Refuge headquarters but not at the boat launch
Rest Stops: There are no benches along this route


Malheur National Wildlife Headquarters
36391 Sodhouse Ln
Princeton, OR 97721
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Teresa Wicks