Lower Columbia Basin Audubon Society

Serving Benton and Franklin Counties since 1965

Local Field Trips

LCBAS organizes occasional half- and whole-day field trips to sites in the Columbia Basin.

Participants enjoy making a trip list of all bird, mammal and plant species encountered. The occasional rarity is a pleasing bonus, but our emphasis is always on camaraderie and appreciation of the natural world.

Local Field Trips — Rules of the Road

Please sign up in advance for field trips by contacting the designated trip leader.

To insure a quality field experience, the number of participants per trip is limited to 12. No walk-ins please. If you are unable to attend a trip for which you signed up, please contact the trip leader ASAP so that someone else may take your place.

  • Beginners encouraged !
  • Scopes are welcome
  • Arrive a few minutes early
  • Wear seasonally appropriate clothing & footwear
  • Always take a lunch, drinks & snacks for trips that go beyond midday.
  • Carpool guidelines are 35 cents per mile per vehicle - total expenses to be divided by number of riders excluding the driver.
  • NO pets.

See the events calendar on our home page for the latest information about field trips.

Led by Jason Fidorra, Birding Events Chair, we will bird at a different site on the third Saturday of each month.

  1. February 17 - McNary National Wildlife Refuge in Burbank, 11AM
  2. March 17 - Amon Creek Natural Preserve, South Entrance, 8AM
  3. April 21 - TBD
  4. May 19 - TBD
  5. June 16 - TBD

*** SPECIAL ***

Washington Sage Grouse – Lek Tour on Yakima Training Center

April 21, 2018

Join LCBAS for a special Sage Grouse Lek Tour on the Yakima Training Center near Selah, WA. The tour will be led by YTC biologists to safely visit leks which are off-limits to all other visitors. This special tour will be limited to 15 participants. LCBAS members will receive priority for sign up until March 23. This is a declining species in Washington and seeing any grouse lek is an unforgettable experience.

To reduce disturbance and have the best chance to view lekking grouse we will want to be onsite at sunrise. This means meeting near the YTC on Saturday AM around 4:45 AM. This is at least a 1.5hr drive from Tri-Cities. (Staying near Yakima the night prior, and group options may be coordinated).

After viewing the lek, additional stops for birding will be made before departing the installation. Expect to stay with the tour until 1pm. Options for birding around Wenas for woodpeckers and other species will be arranged based on interest after the tour.

To be added to the trip list, please contact Jason Fidorra at Field Trips with ALL the following information (required by YTC):

  • Last Name
  • First Name
  • Middle Initial
  • Date of Birth
  • Driver’s License #
  • Driver’s License State
Thank you for your interest. More details will be sent to group participants as the trip approaches.

Field Trip Leaders

Would you like to be involved with planning and leading local birding field trips? Send an email to: fieldtrips.

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