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Laurence Memorial Grasslands Preserve (The Nature Conservancy)

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Cow Canyon

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Maupin is located on Hwy 197 about 38 miles south of The Dalles and 46 miles north of Madras. It is nestled on the bluffs above the Deschutes River. A very productive side trip from Maupin is to take the road east and/or west from Maupin along the Deschutes River. Cross the bridge going south out of Maupin and take the access road right or left.


Habitat and Birds

Like many little towns in eastern Oregon, Maupin provides shade trees for migrants, bird feeders, and permanent habitat for birds. Watch for Western Scrub-Jay and Eurasian Collared-Dove since they are expanding their range into central Oregon. Both directions along the Deschutes River will bring you in contact with dry canyon slopes that host Chukar and sagebrush species. Check the “seeps” in winter as they can often harbor surprises. The microclimate created by the river will produce temperatures that are often more mild than the surrounding area. Wintering warblers and other species can be found in these green seeps.

MORE AREA eBIRD LINKS: Maupin City Park Deschutes River–BLM Access Rd. upstream of Maupin