So I took the long way back east from Portland so I could take my kids to Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, where I became a birder back in August 1981. I spent a week there on a junior high school science trip and started my birding life list there. I returned each year at least once, often twice, to search for eastern vagrants during spring and fall migration throughout high school, but haven't been back since.
Mosquitoes were horrible there today, so we just birded from the car. Kids got great looks at some fun birds including Black-necked Stilts, American Avocets, Golden Eagle, and Prairie Falcon. We also got close looks at three Pronghorn.
I love Malheur and am so glad to get to finally share it with my kids, if only for a couple hours on a hot July afternoon!