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Oregon/Idaho Wildlife Trip

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Oregon/Idaho Wildlife Trip

Hello TA Friends!

We are planning a 9 day trip in late April/Early May for wildlife viewing and scenery. We will be flying into Spokane and renting a car. We are avid wildlife photographers and like to get reasonably close (safely) and watch their behaviors and personalities. We also like to hike and avoid the touristy areas as much as possible. Would love some suggestions.

Kind Regards,

PTTraveller101

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1. Re: Oregon/Idaho Wildlife Trip

Where in Oregon are you thinking about visiting? Spokane is in Washington.

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2. Re: Oregon/Idaho Wildlife Trip

We were looking at northeastern Oregon and northwestern Idaho but welcome other suggestions.

Thanks

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3. Re: Oregon/Idaho Wildlife Trip

Suggest you also post to Wash and Idaho TA boards

You may have some limits in late April some places and tours not yet opened, In NE Oreg you will be able to get to Wallowa Valley and Wallowa Lake, but not sure Hells Canyon SB would be open. probably not.

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4. Re: Oregon/Idaho Wildlife Trip

Strongly recommend you consider Zumwalt Prairie, a Nature Conservancy holding outside of Enterprise. Its main draw is a high concentration of hawks, eagles, etc. Might be a bit early for wildflowers, but then again depends on the weather. Supposively one of the largest intact grassland areas, and gives you an idea of what the area looked like before agriculture introduced-since most of it was never plowed. It is a lower in elevation so access should be a bit better.

nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northameri…

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5. Re: Oregon/Idaho Wildlife Trip

Also, The Dalles on the edge of the National Scenic Area has "Birds of Prey" programs at The Dalles Interpretive center but check ahead to see if they are open yet. You can often times see the fledglings on The Dalles Dam. The Bonneville dam is great too.

You can check for webcams on www.nwhiker.com but don't be lulled into anything without checking with local authorities on road conditions.

We miss Seattle when going from Spokane to Walla Walla and through the Columbia River Gorge. It is usually a beautiful drive. Seattle is the long way and I-5 is boring in comparison.

Best,

MrsO

Edited: 18 February 2014, 07:19
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6. Re: Oregon/Idaho Wildlife Trip

Good to know phirl, thanks

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7. Re: Oregon/Idaho Wildlife Trip

Will look into this, super.

Thanks Chinookgrrl!

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8. Re: Oregon/Idaho Wildlife Trip

Thanks MrsO!

It is always good to experience interpretive walks, much more info that way.

Cheers!

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9. Re: Oregon/Idaho Wildlife Trip

Sometimes there is a guide available, depending on staff. It depends on who opens and closes and the volume of other visitors in the center. They are well trained and most hike as well but mostly there to alert you to closures or maybe special things available during your visit. They are well versed on what is available CRGNSA wide. Also have a small library of good books and can help identify a wildflower or anything else available in the area.

We have an unusual visitor here. We have pika. They are mostly found in high mountainous areas but for some reason have found a home and are well represented at Multnomah Falls..While not exactly big game,they are interesting for the fact that they are here at such low elevation.

If you have needs for a guide be sure to call ahead to find out if there is one available.

MrsO.

Edited: 18 February 2014, 16:22
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10. Re: Oregon/Idaho Wildlife Trip

>> While not exactly big game <<

LOL, cute though :-)

PTTraveler101, that part of northeastern Oregon is lovely. There still will be snow in the higher elevations and since it gets really *cold* in the winter, it may still be pretty darn chilly. So be prepared! Are you trying to find any animal or bird in particular?

HIghway 3 between Carkston/Lewiston and Enterprise is very scenic.