The Rio Grande Valley in December offers Whooping Crane encounters and a unique combination of wintering shorebirds and warblers and year-round highlights like the Green Jay and Plain Chachalaca. We’ll be on the look out for a few possible rarities like Roadside Hawk, Golden-crowned Warbler, and Crimson-collared Grosbeak, that stop over in this season, and we’ll get to know the abundance of butterflies that visit the Valley as well. If you haven't done any butterflying, it’s time to start! This trip will be a lovely escape from the start of Oregon’s rainy season. 170+ birds species are possible!Register!
- Trip Leaders: Stefan Schlick and Randy Hill
Fee: $2,500 members / $3,000 non-members
- Single Supplement: $550
- Includes: Ground transportation, lodging based on double-occupancy, entrance fees, expert guiding, breakfast and lunch
- Excludes: Airfare, dinners, single supplement rooming, and alcoholic drinks
- Maximum number of participants is 10.
Stefan is an expert guide with vast knowledge of natural history, specializing in birds, butterflies, dragonflies, and plants. His enthusiasm for sharing his knowledge and love of birds is contagious. Stefan has been birding the world for three decades and has led trips throughout the US for 25 years. Being from Germany originally, Stefan has birded Europe extensively. He has also led ecotours around the world, from Brazil and Morocco to Australia.
After growing up among orchards in northern California, and a duck hunting interest that led me to a Wildlife Management degree from Humboldt State University, I spent more than 35 years as a wildlife biologist and manager with four federal agencies in six states that included CA, AZ, NM, MN, ND, and WA; 25 years were with US Fish and Wildlife Service in the Refuge system. Inventory and monitoring responsibilities have including 20 years of waterfowl survey flights, more than 25 years running BBS routes and 30 years banding birds. A few targeted studies have included Sandhill Crane, Peregrine Falcon, Burrowing Owl, and Purple Martin. Since retirement in 2014 from Ridgefield NWR (where I still volunteer) the birding days have increased, including international trips to China, Greece, Mexico and Ethiopia. I enjoy leading or co-leading field trips for Vancouver Audubon, Washington Ornithological Society, the Othello Sandhill Crane Festival, and Bird Alliance of Oregon.
Participant reviews from previous ecotours with Stefan:
- Stefan has an incredible ear for birds and tries to help everyone get good looks at every bird.
- Absolutely yes. The group size seemed ideal; the guides were great, the pace was fine, and the guides’ sensitivity to inclusiveness was excellent.
- His knowledge and passion led us to the number of species that we saw, while his respect for the birds, their habitat, and their need for territory showed his sensitivity.
- Stefan has excellent site and birding knowledge and is very patient, always kept his cool, professional manner. He kept us very well informed about what was coming up for travel, bird sites, restroom breaks. Good advice on expected morning temperatures and how long we would be in the field so everyone stayed comfortable.