The geographic extent and remote nature of the Basin & Range Birding Trail can enrich your birding experience. However, remoteness also creates unique safety concerns that you must consider:
- Gas stations and services are far apart. Always proceed with a full tank of gas, and when possible, purchase additional gas along the way. Some birders choose to carry a can of gasoline for emergencies.
- Always carry chains. Studded snow tires are permitted on Oregon roads from November 1-April 1.
- Weather is often extreme. Birders can expect to encounter extreme, dry heat in summer and dangerous winter storms in fall, winter, and spring. Always carry extra water, food, and blankets or sleeping bags.
- Unpaved roads can become muddy and impassable any time of year, even in four-wheel drive vehicles. It is always best to avoid questionable roads rather than risk becoming stranded.
- Be prepared to encounter wild horses, deer, and livestock in and along the roads. Leave your itinerary with a friend.
- Carry a cell or satellite phone. Be aware that cell phone coverage is spotty throughout the area.
- For current road conditions, call 511 (inside Oregon) or 800-977-6368 (outside Oregon).
Respect Birds, People, and the Environment
- Do not trespass on private land.
- Obey all laws and regulations for highways and public lands.
- Respect other birders, and the people recreating around you.
- Park in designated areas and stay on trails and pathways. Avoid disturbing habitat.
- Do not feed or use recordings to attract birds in the wild.
- Observe and photograph birds without disturbing them.
- Never chase or flush birds. Walk slowly and stay concealed.
For more about birding ethics, visit www.abcbirds.org.