Date: 4/1/21 1:16 pm
From: Steve Jaggers <sjjag...>
Subject: [obol] Fwd: Seeking one or two birders to join Greg Baker on a one-month road trip this spring
Passing this along. Some of you know Greg from birding trips with Audubon and so forth. Interesting idea, not one I am able to participate in.

Steve

> ---------- Original Message ----------
> From: Greg Baker <gregbakersafety...>
> To: utb33bb <SJJag...>
> Date: 04/01/2021 11:13 AM
> Subject: Seeking one or two birders to join Greg Baker on a one-month road trip this spring
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> Steve,
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> I hope all is well.
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> I hope you can join me on short notice.
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> If not, would you please pass the word?
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> Greg
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> Seeking one or two birders to join Greg Baker on a one-month road trip this spring.
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> Depart Portland, Oregon on Friday April 16th at noon. Return to Portland, Oregon late on the evening of Sunday May 16th.
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> I am seeking one to two birder traveling companion(s) to join me (Greg Baker) for sharing driving roles during this one-month road trip across the western US during the height of spring migration, 2021. We will take my all-wheel drive Subaru Forester.
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> I just received both Covid vaccinations. To celebrate, I am taking a victory lap around the western two-thirds of the US. I need one to two (Covid-vaccinated) driving partners for the entire loop, or several birders to join me for segments of the trip. I am a fiddler (57 years of experience – same as birding – I started both at age 10), so a big plus if you play acoustic guitar, or another bluegrass, old-time or celtic instrument…including the accordion.
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> I have birded most (95%) of the following places (summarized below) and am still roughing out the final itinerary for this minimalist car-camping intensive trip (to keep expenses low) and to situate ourselves each morning in prime birding locations. I will also be staying near friends and family in several locations, and in the occasional motel. The plan is to bird early every morning and most evenings, and to do the lion’s share of the driving during the heat of the day, and some driving occasionally at night.
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> Highlights of the trip include birding along the route: Fort Rock Oregon, Summer Lake Oregon, Mono Lake California, Yosimite National Park (NP) CA, Death Valley CA, Salton Sea CA, Tuscon AZ (Sweetwater Wetlands) and many of the famous southeast Arizona eBird hotspots (e.g., Madera Canyon, Miller Canyon, Beatty’s Guest Ranch, Paton’s Place, Patagonia Lake State Park, San Pedro House), Portal Arizona/Chiricahua Mountains, Big Bend NP Texas, Laredo TX, the lower Rio Grande Valley TX, High Island TX, Big Thicket Preserve area TX, Oklahoma Panhandle, Eureka Springs Arkansas, Weldon Springs and Cora Unit Missouri, Magee Marsh Ohio, Racine Wisconsin on Lake Michigan’s shoreline, Minneapolis Minnesota’s Crosby Farm Park in the Mississippi flood plains, Bismark North Dakota, Bowdoin Lake Montana, Yellowstone National Park and Jackson Hole Wyoming, Boise Idaho, Columbia River Gorge.
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> I have prepared a rough daily itinerary and mileage estimates. As I said, I have birded 95% of these places (Jackson Hole will be new), and I have confirmed hours of per-day driving times via Mapquest.
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> I will not likely add any lifers to my North America-area ABA list on this trip (I am at 721), but I hope to get better photos to fill in a few gaps of the following species: Bendire’s Thrasher, Lucifer Hummingbird, Thick-billed Kingbird, Colima Warbler, Gray Vireo, Common Black Hawk, Hook-billed Kite, Olive Warbler, Montezuma Quail, Audubon’s Oriole, Crimson-collared Grosbeak, Rose-throated Becard, Red-billed Pigeon, Aplomado Falcon, Lesser Nighthawk, Red-crowned Parrot, Mexican Chickadee, Bachman’s Sparrow and Swainson’s Warbler. I am monitoring eBird daily so there may be a few opportunities for some recently reported, rarer species that may linger around for a bit.
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> Please email me if you are interested in joining the trip, or if you know someone who might be: gregbaker.birder@gmail mailto:gregbaker.birder@gmail . I can also email you a day-by-day itinerary if you want to meet up somewhere.
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> Thank you,
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> Greg Baker, Portland Oregon, March 31, 2021
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