Upcoming Word Parties
Kiosk - March 19 through March 29.Accommodations at the P Ranch volunteer house are available for anyone who can come and help us put together and site a double-sided kiosk across the street from the Frenchglen Hotel. There will also be some trail work associated with this project.
Please contact Alice Elshoff (see below)if you can help out on any of these days.
John Scharff Migratory Bird Festival - April 11, 12, 13
For more information visit the John Scharff Migratory Bird Festival website.
Marshall Trail - April 17, 18, 19
Building and landscaping the Marshall Trail around the Marshall Pond at Headquarters. Comfy accommodations at the fire bunkhouse. So far five people have volunteered - we need all the help we can get for this project, so please raise your hand and let us know if you can help.Please contact Alice Elshoff (see below) if you can help out on any of these days. This photo is of the blind built last year at Marshall Pond; the new trail will access the area around the pond. (Photo courtesy of Stephen Day)
P RanchTrail - May 6 through May 18
More trail work around the P Ranch volunteer house. Please contact Alice Elshoff (see below) if you can help out on any of these days.
Assist in a Carp Research Project at Malheur Lake - May 19 through May 30.
Volunteers will assist in tagging, measuring, and returning the carp to the lake for a research project; commercial fishermen will capture the carp. Malheur NWR and Friends MNWR have partnered with several other organizations to capture/mark/recapture 10,000 carp from May 19-30, 2014, to collect carp age/length data to determine the carp population estimates of Malheur Lake, and whether commercial fishing is a viable carp control strategy. Carp is an invasive species threatening the aquatic health of the waters at Malheur because carp destroy aquatic vegetation that migrating waterfowl depend on. The work is scheduled for May 19 through May 30 to capture and tag the carp; but if you would like to volunteer anytime during the two-week period May 19-30, please contact us if you would like to volunteer for this project. Accommodations will be at the fire bunkhouse, and if necessary other volunteer housing on the refuge.
Bobolink Count - June 6, 7, 8
Volunteers will spread out over six routes to count Bobolinks. Accommodations at the P Ranch volunteer house. A whole lot of fun. Bring gear to keep your legs and feet dry, plus insect repellant. The more people we get, the more (wet meadow) ground we can cover. We have 5 volunteers signed up so far, but we'd like to have at least 12 to cover all the routes! Please contact Alice Elshoff (see below) if you can help out on any of these days.
Further Information about AccommodationsFor the volunteer housing, bring your own linens, food, and other supplies. The buildings are heated; there are fully equipped kitchens; restrooms; and washers/dryers. There is also room for RVs to dry-camp and for tent campers.
Please contact Alice Elshoff at 541 389-3543 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to sign up, or you can contact us. Invite your friends to come too - there will be opportunities for bird and other wildlife viewing, evening potlucks, and lots of story swapping - this is why they are called "work parties".
Thanks, hope to see many of you this spring.