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Our Oregon: Coast to Cascades tour began by exploring the picturesque coastline of this beautiful state, home to an assortment of shorebirds and seabirds in autumn. Waterbirds are also present well inland, such as here at the Chickahominy Reservoir, about 100 miles east of Bend. (Photo by participant Charm Peterman.)
This young Wandering Tattler was among 18 shorebird species noted along the coast, including Black Turnstone and Surfbird. Gulls, terns, cormorants, Sooty Shearwaters, Pigeon Guillemots, Common Murres, Cassin's Auklets, Rhinoceros Auklets, and Marbled Murrelets also put in appearances. (Photo by participant Pete Peterman.)
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.)