Date: 3/18/17 3:13 pm From: Devon Comstock <devonc78...> Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Birding and botanizing in Spring
The Ochoco National Forest (near Prineville, OR) and Big Summit Prairie offers both fabulous wildflowers and bird life.
Another favorite wildflower hike of mine is Canyon Creek Meadows at the base of Three Fingered Jack. Amazing displays of shooting star, indian paintbrush, monkeyflower and lupine. This is a later bloom, July. The hike goes through some old burns and I have seen black backed woodpeckers there.
And finally another Central Oregon, lesser know spot is Spring Basin Wilderness along the John Day River. In April the desert flowers begin to bloom and the most spectacular is the bright pink pediocactus. Birding is shrubsteppe species and riparian associates by the river. There is a huge bald eagle nest en route to the trailhead. Not far from there is the Clarno Unit of the John Day fossil beds, also good for hiking.
Have fun Devon Comstock Wenatchee
On Mar 18, 2017 2:20 PM, "Lynn Wohlers" <wohlers13...> wrote:
Can anyone suggest a trip (overnight to several days, from Seattle area) to take in Spring to see wildflowers and birds? The birding does not have to be the best. I realize Ocean Shores is a great place to bird in Spring but want to see wildflowers too - anywhere in central OR/WA that might work?