Guide: Frank Lospalluto
Focus: Grassland Birds and Raptors
Description: Look for raptors and other grassland birds in the Cascade Foothills at the City of Ashland's Imperatrice property with birder Frank Lospalluto. American Kestrels, Red-tailed Hawks, and Northern Harriers are common, but we may also see Rough-legged Hawks, other falcons, and eagles.
The Imperatrice property is a beautiful 876-acre property with grassland flowers, glorious views of the southern Bear Creek Valley, and a rare breeding colony of Grasshopper Sparrows.
Meeting Location: Near Ashland's Interstate exit 19 to carpool. Meeting location and directions will be emailed upon registration.
Difficulty: Moderately challenging uphill, uneven ground, off trail walking up to 4 miles at slow birding pace. Due to weed seeds and ticks, long pants advised. No bathrooms.
This hike will be rescheduled if the day is stormy/rainy.
This hike is free and open to the public.
Photo credit: Northern Harrier by Pepper Trail.