A few years ago I asked Warm Springs about birding the western edge of
their nation. The rest of us are allowed to go 100 feet or yds off each
side of the Pacific Crest trail, other than that it is no trespass. You can
get a day fishing permit to go into the nation and bird the lakes around
Olallie Butte, There are numerous logging roads in area as well. I think a
good bit of the SW part of Warm Springs is accessible.
My goal was to find breeding Rosy-Finch in Wasco County. The highest
point in Wasco is the SW corner on Olallie Butte, (that snow capped point
just to the north of Jefferson). It is sacred to them so I did not ask to
hike up there. I am looking forward to the opportunity to hit parts of
Wasco I have not been able to reach.
On Tue, Oct 1, 2019 at 5:53 PM Alan Contreras <acontrer56...> wrote:
> Hi Tom. Warm Springs lands go all the way to the eastern edge of
> Jefferson Park, as I recall. Any idea how they will handle the big area
> that isn’t accessible by vehicle?
> Alan Contreras
> Eugene, Oregon
> Nostalgic for Nixon….
> On Oct 1, 2019, at 5:15 PM, Tom Lawler <tjlawler...>
> Warm Springs Tribe has approached East Cascades Audubon Society to
> “discover” the birds on tribal lands. This is an area that has never been
> birded by the general public. It offers an exciting opportunity for
> non-tribal people to have access to the tribal lands. This is all part of a
> idea on their part to bird the lands for a year and understand and document
> the species present.
> What are the terms and conditions? Everything must be arranged with the
> tribal contact person for these surveys. You will be driven around tribal
> lands. You can not do this on your own! This is a 640,000 acre area with
> many different habitats. It is an opportunity to document the species
> present for a one year cycle. During the winter raptor and resident
> species would be found. Later spring and early summer would be excellent
> times for breeding bird surveys. Migration could offer all sorts of
> surprises that could pop up in the many habitats in the area.
> This is something that would require a commitment for some period of time
> but not necessarily by any one person. A group of people would cover this
> one way or the other for the project (a year as mentioned earlier). They
> would like these surveys done on a monthly basis. The end result of this
> will be a book on the birds of the tribal lands, when they are present and
> how these birds were either sources of food, legend, and so on.
> I am sending this note to both our Central Oregon List and also that
> statewide OBOL list in hopes that folks from Portland and surrounding areas
> could be interested in getting in on this opportunity. Please contact me
> directly (not the list). I will then get you in touch with the tribal
> member organizing this event.
> Tom Lawler
> ECAS President
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