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Wildlands Tour of the Southern Blues

  • 116 Northwest Bridge Street John Day, OR, 97845 United States (map)

Join biologist, author, and educator Mike Denny on a tour of birds and fire recovery of the Southern Blue Mountains. 

On our way to Scotty Creek, our first stop will be on Starr Ridge to explore and discover all the plants, insects and birds that have returned after the 2015 fire. 

Our next stop will be at the Old Growth Ponderosa Pine trail & restroom, where we will look for several pine dwelling bird species such as the White- headed Woodpecker, the Pygmy Nuthatch, and Red Crossbills. We will then head to Scotty Creek to view the early summer birds, native flowers, and insects of the area. 

For more information about this event, please contact Genevieve Perdue at


Get Outdoors Day Oregon is a statewide effort led by the Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts that seeks to connect people to place. On this day, we encourage Oregonians to explore, discover and learn about Oregon’s special places. Oregon Get Outdoors Day works in conjunction with Oregon’s Office of Outdoor Recreation to invigorate a movement of people connecting with the outdoors.

Use our hashtag #getoutdoorsOR with your photos, videos and commentary.

Suitability: Open to ages 10+. No pets.

Difficulty: Must be able to walk at least 2 miles.

Things to Bring: Sturdy walking shoes, hat with a brim, sunglasses and sunscreen, sack lunch, refillable water bottle, camera, journal, and sense of adventure.