What to Expect at the Dean Hale Woodpecker Festival

Generally at this time of year, the daytime weather is warm and sunny and rain is unlikely. Winds can pick up in the afternoon. Morning temperatures can be chilly as we are up in the Cascade Mountains.

All trips could involve walking up to one mile over rough terrain, which may include downed trees, rocks, and substantial slopes. Assume that field trips are not wheelchair accessible unless specifically mentioned in the field trip description.

Restroom Facilities
Restroom facilities differ for each field trip. Contact your field trip leader to learn more about what to expect for your field trip.

We limit the number of participants on each field trip to ten people to limit disturbance to the birds and to make for a more enjoyable experience.

Field Trip Format
Field trips are scheduled as half day or full day. Most trips will have a start time at 6 a.m. or 7 a.m. Half day trips typically last until noon, while local full day trips generally wrap up by 3 p.m. Field trips that require greater travel (for example, to Summer Lake) may end later. Make sure to verify your field trip’s start time on the Festival website.

Trip Leaders
Each field trip is guided by two experienced local birders who are volunteers of East Cascades Audubon Society.

Field Trip Meeting Places & Carpooling
Each field trip will launch from a place specific to the field trip destination. Information about meeting places and times will be updated on the Festival website. All trips require carpooling to minimize impact on the bird habitats we visit and to avoid long convoys of vehicles. This requirement is specified by our U.S. Forest Service permit. Please be flexible and enjoy the companionship of your fellow birders. It is customary to offer a small token payment to share gas expenses.

What to Bring

  • ​Packed lunch and snacks
  • Water bottle (refillable)
  • Binoculars/camera
  • Hiking boots
  • Layered clothes – It can be cold in the early morning and quite warm during the day
  • Hat and/or sunscreen
  • Insect repellant – It is still early, but some areas may have mosquitoes.
  • Long pants (recommended) – Ticks are always present, so long pants are recommended in addition to insect repellent.

Tour costs vary based on duration and type of tour. All funds benefit the conservation and education projects of East Cascades Audubon Society.

Field Trip Sign-ups
Birders must register for field trips in advance. Many field trips fill up quickly, so early registration is recommended. Registration takes place online about two months before the festival.

Cancellation Policy
No funds will be returned if the participant cancels after a specified date. If ECAS cancels the event, all monies will be returned.

Additional Questions
If you have additional questions contact ecaudubon@gmail.com.