Malheur Field Station Programs

The Malheur Field Station is a not-for-profit education and research center dedicated to the concept of life-long learning.  It offers a variety of field-based educational programs focused on and about the northern Great Basin region.

Please call MFS @ 541-493-2629 for additional information and questions. 

2019  MFS Natural History Program

                           ITINERARY FOR 5 & 6 NIGHT BIRDING PROGRAMS

Day 1:  Arrive at MFS, gather for a meet and greet, introduction and dinner.  After dinner enjoy a sunset walk around the MFS looking for owls, nighthawks, et al.

Day 2:  Walk around MFS before breakfast to hear the dawn chorus.

After breakfast we will visit the MNWR headquarters to look for migrants and any vagrants.  From there we will bird along Sodhouse Lane, the Narrows and along Hwy 205 north of the refuge.  Return to MFS for a sack lunch and presentation in the classroom.

After lunch we will go east on Sodhouse Lane to Princeton, north to Crane and stop at Crystal Crane Hot Springs to observe birds on the pond.  We will return to MFS for a home cooked dinner.  After dinner we will look for Short-eared Owls along Center Patrol Road.

Day 3:  Before breakfast there will be an optional visit to the refuge headquarters (3 mi) .  After breakfast we will head south on Hwy 205, visiting Buena Vista, Krumbo Lake and Benson Pond. 

We will enjoy a sack lunch at Krumbo Lake picnic grounds.  After lunch we will bird along the road to Diamond, visit Diamond Craters for Rock  Wrens and Canyon Wrens,  the French Barn and Dry Lake.

We will return to the MFS for dinner, perhaps an evening visit to the refuge headquarters.

Day 4:     We will leave MFS right after breakfast and head south on Hwy 205.  We will bird the basalt cliffs along the road, stop at P Ranch and then Page Springs for lunch.  After lunch we will continue our search for Bobolink (not in the fall program)  or head up into the lower reaches of the Steen Loop.  If we can gain access we will also bird Boca Lake.  This will depend on Teresa Wick’s availability.  

We will return to MFS for dinner.

Day 5: We will leave after breakfast and bird our way north on Hwy 205 to Hwy 78.  Then to Hwy 20 south to Chickahominy Reservoir, stopping at Sage Hen Rest Area for lunch.  Back to MFS for dinner.

Day 6:  Breakfast, pack and depart. End of 5 night program!

Day 6:  Fifth morning of 6 night program, depart after breakfast to bird the Steen Mountain Loop, starting at the south entrance.  Sack lunch while out in the field, dinner back at MFS dining hall.

Day 7:   Breakfast, pack and depart.  End of 6 night program!


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Entomology in the High Desert

September 10 – 13  2019

Learn more about the insects of sagebrush country and their importance to the ecosystem.  This course will consist of a field trip to observe insects in the field, insect collecting demonstrations, and learning about insect anatomy and ecology in the classroom. 

Matt Medeiros has been coming to MFS as a student, employee, and biologist since 1995, and has taught Entomology at the high school and college level.  He is also an active researcher at UNLV who studies the biodiversity, evolution, and conservation of insects in the Hawaiian Islands.  

See for more on Matt.

3 night workshop package including lodging $200

Sign up deadline:  August 10, 2019

50% Deposit Down Balance Due upon check in.  Cancellation policy (please check our Reservation tab for 2019 rates and policies).

You will arrive on Tuesday afternoon, September 10 and settle into E Dorm, meet and greet Matt and fellow learners.  E Dorm is set up for cooking, the cafeteria will not be open.  

Wednesday, September 11th, first full day will be out in the field, Thursday, September 12th, second full day will be on station.  You will depart on Friday morning the 13th.

The Field Station will be buzzing this time of year with our Members Meeting!

Please call MFS office @ 541-493-2629