Our ornithology workshops incorporate our standard 4-day guided river trip
itinerary, along with birding expert Terry McEneaney
as trip leader. Please visit Four
Day Guided River Trip for more details about the logistics of this
trip. Details of past trips are found below the pricing section...along
with links to Terry's own web site.
$2200.00 per person
*Get 20% off regular
price, with reservations
for 4 or more persons, made before April 1st of each year*
off regular price, with other reservations made before April 1st of each year*
deposit required to reserve space on a trip.
Balance due 30 days prior to scheduled departure date.
(If we must cancel a trip, we will refund all monies you have paid.)
Summary of our 2007 Trip
field camp” was even better than I envisioned as an instructor.
Everything came together—good camaraderie, weather, cooperative birds,
fine canoeing, and a backdrop and setting that befit the very best of
ornithology field camps. As a field ornithologist for over three decades,
this field camp matched some of the best I have ever experienced. For an
instructor it couldn’t have been better. And for the student it rivaled
some of the best forms of field instruction and learning, being in the
field for an extended period of time. Our setting for the June 2007 IFO
“Ornithology Field Camp” was the famed Missouri River below Great Falls
and on the edge of the “shining mountains”. And as we found out, the
country hasn’t changed that much since Lewis and Clark’s time. Our base
camps were very close to the original Lewis and Clark campsites, as we
paddled our canoes down 48 miles of the Missouri River.
First we compared
the site where Lewis and Clark made their first bird checklist in 1805,
and compared it to present day observations(2007). Interestingly enough,
only seven bird species were recorded during Lewis and Clark’s time at
this site, whereas we tallied approximately 34 bird species including the
same species found at this site during Lewis and Clark’s time. The river
has changed somewhat, but the feeling of being on our own “corps of
discovery” field trip made it even more worthwhile.
The trip had multiple
highlights including: birding by canoe, tent camping, excellent food,
spectacular scenery, broad landscapes, rich history, interesting hikes,
campfires, weather changes, living with and near birds, and a cornucopia
of stories all related to birds and experiences with birds. Again this was
not a bird listing workshop, it was an “ornithology field camp” where the
goal was to improve personal field skills in avian ecology. We reached all
our target birds and then some: Burrowing Owl, Golden Eagle, Prairie
Falcon, Brown Thrasher, Least Flycatcher, American White Pelican, Red-naped
Sapsucker, Osprey, Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier, Long-billed Curlew,
Swainson’s Hawk, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Lark Bunting, Gray Partridge,
Short-eared Owl, Common Nighthawk, Yellow-breasted Chat, and
Chestnut-collared Longspur to name a few.
We ended up tallying
120 species of birds in 6 days, including nests of at least 20 different
bird species. Interesting bird behaviors included: a close view of a
Golden Eagle attacking a Canada Goose; Sharp-tailed Grouse displaying on a
lek; a Western Meadowlark on a nest crawling with ants; a Red-tailed Hawk
attacking a Golden Eagle; antics near a Prairie Falcon eyrie; an American
Kestrel attacking a Red-tailed Hawk; close looks at Ferruginous Hawks;
Am. White Pelican feeding techniques; 6 Common Nighthawks resting on day
perches; Br-headed Cowbirds, Am. Kestrels, and White-throated Swifts
copulating; a family of cottontail rabbits in camp; and a prairie
rattlesnake rattling to name a few. If you add in the spectacular cliffs,
canyons, arches, dikes, and river coupled with camping and canoeing with
adventurous people, it was an “ornithology field camp” that will not be
forgotten. It was delight to teach such fun and adventurous students. A
good time was had by all.
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Ornithologist, Yellowstone National Park
Instructor/Guide, Yellowstone Wildlife Guides