All images and video clips are copyrighted and may not be used without written permission of the photographer or videographer.
One of Oregon's great treasures is Crater Lake National Park. Crater is the deepest lake in the United States at 1949 feet (594 m) deep. Its clear, deep blue color makes it a favorite of artists and tourists alike, and birds abound in the surrounding landscape, where peaks in the Cascades rise to over 10,000 feet (3050 m). The lake was formed about 7700 years ago when a volcano collapsed; such formations are known as calderas. This is a view toward Wizard Island, a volcanic cinder cone within the lake. (Photo by participant Mona Gardner.)
The Cascades' dense forests of pine, spruce, and fir provide home to a variety of woodpeckers and also to many corvids, such as this Clark's Nutcracker. In the lower elevations, the delightful Pinyon Jay appeared in a large flock of 75 or more birds. (Photo by participant Pete Peterman.)
Canada Jay, formerly known as Gray Jay, was an especially popular bird with the group in the Cascades. The species' nickname "Camp Robber" hints at its relationship with humans and its bold, inquisitive nature. (Photo by participant Pete Peterman.)