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Birding Around Burns


A male great western sage grouse.

A male great western sage grouse.

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The Malheur National Wildlife Refuge made international headlines this year as the site of an armed standoff between a self-described militia group and federal law enforcement officials. But for the 108 years preceding this winter’s occupation, the refuge was known for something else entirely: its birds. 

And birds, as it turns out, don’t pay much attention to news headlines. Though the refuge headquarters complex remains closed to the public, the birds are back — and with them, an explosion of enthusiastic birders. 

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the Harney County Migratory Bird Festival — and Think Out Loud will be there! We’ll hear from record-holding bird enthusiast Noah Strycker, senior naturalist Duncan Evered, Chamber of Commerce executive director Chelsea Harrison, and more.

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