With binoculars in hand, we returned to Malheur Field Station to enjoy the feathered side of Mother Nature. Malheur Lake was full of birds and carp! It appears these fresh water bone fish have propagated to become so numerous they are everywhere to be seen.
The wild flowers were just starting to bloom and the skies were clear and the air was crisp as we set out each day.
Home of the Red Band Trout the Blitzen and Malheur Lake are being utilized for a study to help determine the impact of the Caspian Tern feeding on trout and other native fish.
You may recall a 2012 project was created to help move the Caspian Terns from the mouth of the Columbia to an island constructed on Malheur Lake. The Malheur Lake project is a collaborative effort between the Corps’ Portland District, the USFWS’s Region 1 and the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. The main focus of the project was to get the terns to eat the baby carp. The good news, the terns are eating the carp! The bad, the number of carp appear to be multiplying at greater rate than the terns can eat!
This trip the group recorded over 80 species of birds.
Our host for one day was Station Director, Duncan Evered. If you ever wished to learn about the birds of Malheur Lake and birds in general, Duncan is the guy!
No fishing this trip but certainly a great time in Eastern Oregon. The Malheur Field Station is a great place to stay if your fishing in the area. The accommodations are clean and the rates are very reasonable. Yes, its a long drive to get there and maybe that is a good thing?