Birder's Guide

MAR 2017

Birder's Guide is the American Birding Association's newest publication. Each issue focuses on a key subject, providing tips from experienced birders on a wide variety of topics like Travel, Listing & Taxonomy, Gear, and Conservation & Community.

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82 Birder's Guide to Travel | March 2017 mong longtime Oregon birders, Harney County is "The Big Country". We lifted this handle from the romanti- cized narration of Steens Mountain: A Wildlife Western, a 1972 film produced by the British Broadcasting Corporation for its "The World About Us" series. Be they ranchers, bird- ers, anglers, hunters, or rockhounds, all seem captivated by the broad landscape. It is big country, expansive and spacious on a scale that mostly resists the temptation to tame or alter it. A Though the imprint of humans is evident, change occurs here at a glacial rate compared to the perpetual refacing of urban places. Situated at the northern edge of the Great Basin, Harney County has a footprint of more than 10,000 square miles, making it larger than nine U.S. states. Human inhabitants (about 7,100) number less than one person per square mile. Nearly two-thirds of the population reside in the conjoined n Wetlands of Malheur NWR from Buena Vista Overlook Photo © Kathleen Kent

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