Seasonal Access Changes!

The Tule Lake Access Area gates will close for the season Wednesday, August 1. From August 1 through January 31 Tule Lake and all portions of Ladd Marsh north and east of Foothill Road will be open to public access Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday and Federal Holidays.

The Glass Hill Unit, west of Foothill Road, is open 7 days per week April 1 through January 31.

Please note: Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area including parking lots, is closed to all entry between 10:00 PM and 4:00 AM.

Song Sparrow, Fishing Pond

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1st Saturday Bird Walk moves to GROWISER

Mike’s 1st Saturady Bird Walk is moving to the GROWISER property on Pumpkin Ridge north of Summerville for this Saturday only.  Details follow:
Saturday, June 2nd:  Meet at Ladd Marsh Headquarters on 59116 Pierce Road at 7:00am to carpool, or meet at GROWISER on Pumpkin Ridge Road at 8:00am.
Three juvenile Great Gray Owls are easily visible in their nest, as well as mom usually perched nearby. The Mountain Lady Slipper orchids are blooming, and there are many other birds and flowers to see there.
 
Prepare for the weather, and for walking on uneven terrain. No pets, please.
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13th Annual Ladd Marsh Bird Festival ! ! !

Bird Festival weekend has arrived ! ! !  Events begin this Friday, May 18, with field trips, registration, and an evening program by local Globe-trotting, bird-watching photographer Kendrick Moholt, at the La Grande Senior Center.  The festivities continue on Saturday, with guided birding at hotspots throughout the marsh, and more field trips.  Saturday’s forecast is for partly sunny with a high of 71F.  Sounds like a perfect day to round up the kids, grandparents and friends and head for the marsh!  There will be plenty of activities for the whole family.

Information about all events is posted here:

2018 Bird Festival Events and Registration

We can’t wait to See YOU on the Marsh!

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Ladd Marsh Clean Up Day

It’s time for some spring cleaning on Ladd Marsh. Yes, it seems as though spring may actually be here and the Bird Festival is not far behind. Come on out and help clean up the marsh for all our festival visitors, human and avian. Saturday, May 5 at 9:00 a.m. Meet at Ladd Marsh HQ (59116 Pierce Rd). We will provide trash bags, nitrile gloves, some leather gloves and a limited number of picker-upper thingys. Participants will receive a permit to be on the area for the day after finishing the clean up. Come on out and pick up trash and you can have a smile like these folks from a few years ago.

Participants should dress appropriately for the weather, recognizing the potential for wet ground and strong wind. Please leave pets at home or make other arrangements.

Directions to Ladd Marsh HQ:    From La Grande, take the Union Highway (203) to Pierce Rd (B&K Auto Salvage). Turn right (south) on Pierce. Continue for approximately 1 ¼ mile to HQ on the right.

From Union, turn left on Pierce Rd and follow above directions.

HQ can be reached from I-84: Take exit 268 (Foothill Rd) then turn east. At the “T” with Pierce Rd, turn left (north). Continue about 1 1/2 mile to HQ on the left.

 

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Bird Festival Registration is Open!

With apologies to those who tried to register earlier and thank for your patience, online registration for the 2018 Ladd Marsh Bird Festival is now open. Click on the Bird Festival tab and select “Events and Registration” to sign up for the festival (free) and/or for field trips. We have added a few new field trips this year and the fees have changed so we encourage you to spend a little time looking through the descriptions and pay attention to the day the trip is offered. See you at the Bird Festival!

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Birdhouse Maintenance Day Saturday, March 10

The FOLM Ladd Marsh Birdhouse Maintenance Day has been RESCHEDULED to Saturday, March 10., 9:00 AM. Meet at Ladd Marsh HQ (directions below). Come dressed for the weather. Water-proof shoes or boots are a plus. If you have a cordless drill or screw driver, please bring it, and a phillips head bit, for opening the boxes. If you don’t have a cordless, bring a regular Phillips screw driver (you know, the kind you turn by hand). Also helpful is a putty knife for removing old nest material. Route assignments and maps will be handed out at HQ. We will provide gloves and dust masks  for those who wish to use them.

Directions to Ladd Marsh HQ:     From La Grande, take the Union Highway (203) to Pierce Rd (B&K Auto Salvage).  Turn right (south) on Pierce. Continue for approximately 1 ¼ mile to HQ on the right.

From Union, turn left on Pierce Rd and follow above directions.

HQ can be reached from I-84 – Take exit 268 (Foothill Rd) then turn east.  At the “T” with Pierce Rd, turn left (north).  Continue about 1 1/2 mile to HQ on the left.

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2018 Bird Festival May 18-20

Mark your calendars now for the 2018 Ladd Marsh Bird Festival, Friday through Sunday, May 18-20!  All festival events will be posted to the Bird Festival link on our website as plans are finalized.  To whet your appetite, we are announcing the speaker for the 2018 Friday evening festival kick-off.

Kendrick Moholt will deliver this year’s presentation:
In Search of the Crowbar: Discovering Mythical Creatures Across Planet Earth

Are creatures less real because we haven’t experienced them ourselves? Do fantastic creatures beyond our imagination actually exist in our world? And, do we have to travel to the ends of the earth to find seemingly mythical beasts? Kendrick will take us on a journey to find out.

Information about all things Bird Festival can be found here.  Check back often!

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Birdhouse cleaning postponed

Due to the likelihood of inclement weather this Saturday, Feb. 24, the birdhouse box cleaning workday on Ladd Marsh has been postponed.  We will announce a new date for the event soon.

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Birdhouse Cleaning Feb. 24

Calling all Friends to help with a little spring housecleaning.  That’s Birdhouse cleaning, to be exact!  Birds benefit from a little human help with removal of old nest material from the 250+ nest boxes placed around the marsh.  Meet at HQ at 9:00am Saturday, Feb. 24.

Come dressed for the weather – IT WILL BE COLD! If there is any wind, IT WILL BE REALLY COLD. Water-proof shoes or boots are a plus. If you have a cordless drill or screw driver, please bring it, and a phillips head bit, for opening the boxes. Also helpful is a putty knife for removing old nest material. Route assignments and maps will be handed out at HQ. We will provide dust masks  for those who wish to use them.

Directions to Ladd Marsh HQ:     From La Grande, take the Union Highway (203) to Pierce Rd (B&K Auto Salvage).  Turn right (south) on Pierce. Continue for approximately 1 ¼ mile to HQ on the right.

From Union, turn left on Pierce Rd and follow above directions.

HQ can be reached from I-84 – Take exit 268 (Foothill Rd) then turn east.  At the “T” with Pierce Rd, turn left (north).  Continue about 1 1/2 mile to HQ on the left.

 

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Two Events for Birders – Feb 2 and 3!

Western Screech Owl           Photo by Laura Mahrt

The Friends of Ladd Marsh are offering two great opportunities for you to get your 2018 birding lists off to a good start this weekend.

Friday evening, Feb. 2, Mike Mahoney will lead an owling expedition.  Meet at Headquarters at 7:30pm.  The trip will last approximately 2 hours.  Be sure to dress in warm clothes for this trip.   Hats and warm footwear are especially useful when standing around in cold weather.  A flashlight or headlamp also is recommended.

After owling, catch a few ZZZ’s, then, come on back on Saturday morning, Feb. 3, for the monthly First Saturday Bird Walk.  Spring migration is ON, with Tundra Swans and Greater White-fronted Geese already arriving on the marsh.  Meet at HQ at 10:00 am for this one.

Instructions and Directions below
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Participants should dress appropriately for the weather, recognizing the potential for wet ground and strong wind. Please leave pets at home or make other arrangements. Individual daily public access permits are not required; the walk leader will have a group permit. An ODFW Wildlife Area Parking Permit is required for all vehicles on Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area.

Directions to Ladd Marsh HQ:
From La Grande, take the Union Highway (203) to Pierce Rd (B&K Auto Salvage).  Turn right (south) on Pierce. Continue for approximately 1 ¼ mile to HQ on the right.
From Union, turn left on Pierce Rd and follow above directions.
HQ can be reached from I-84: Take exit 268 (Foothill Rd) then turn east.  At the “T” with Pierce Rd, turn left (north).  Continue about 1 1/2 mile to HQ on the left.

 

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