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May
2017
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Summer

Birding Heaven

If you like to birdwatch, Sun Valley has an amazing opportunity for you. A three-day “Birds of a Feather” itinerary includes amazing early summer birding on the one-of-a-kind Silver Creek Preserve and the beautiful Camas Prairie Marsh with lots of time built in to learn, socialize, nibble, and nosh.

From June 1 – 4, join fellow minded enthusiasts for demonstrations, presentations, and guided birding field excursions. All levels of birders are welcome.


This June, the opportunity for unparalleled bird watching in spectacular places can be yours over an action-packed, fun-filled long weekend

The first day welcomes participants to the beautifully appointed and historic Sun Valley Lodge, home base for the weekend. Check in is followed by a champagne and hors d’oeuvres reception in the beautiful Sun Room and an art and history tour of the Lodge. Welcome!


Welcome to the luxurious and historic Sun Valley Lodge, your home base for an unparalleled birding adventure

Day two is a busy one, with a 7:30 a.m. departure for the storied Silver Creek Preserve. This jewel of western fly fishing, birding, and wildlife is a gorgeous oasis located less than an hour south of Sun Valley.  The Preserve is an incredibly peaceful place with jaw-dropping vistas at every turn. At Silver Creek, you will enjoy a presentation by experts before heading out on a guided bird walk from 9 a.m. to noon. A lovely lunch will provide a break in the day and a chance to compare notes before you head out again in search of birds until 2:30 p.m.  Some highlights of the tour will most likely include spotting a nesting Bald Eagle and her two Eaglets, a Sandhill Crane and her newly hatched chick, as well as Osprey, Pelicans, Curlews, and hundreds of raptors, shorebirds, songbirds, upland birds, waterbirds, and waterfowl. The expert-led tours will include local bird identification, migration, and nesting information and assistance for each participant in the field with one-on-one bird and bird call identification as well as up close views of amazing birds through the lenses of high powered scopes.


Expert guides will help you make the most of your guided excursions. You won’t believe what you’ll see!

Then, head back to Ketchum for a wine and cheese reception at the area’s premiere outfitter, Silver Creek Outfitters. Enjoy great conversation and demonstrations of Swarovski binoculars and scopes. Later, free time to dine at the Resort’s many wonderful restaurants, to explore the Sun Valley Village or the surrounding area is followed by a Peregrine Presentation from 7 – 8:30 p.m.  This live raptor classroom presentation and demonstration by a wildlife biologist and his avian ambassadors from the Peregrine Fund at the World Center for Birds of Prey is sure to delight and amaze. Two leading ornithologists plan to discuss their global successes with Peregrine Falcon conservation and will provide a live demonstration with the falcon. The world of the World Center for Birds of Prey in Boise is credited for breeding and releasing more than 4,000 Peregrine Falcons into the wild. 


Get up close and personal with a Peregrine Falcon during a fascinating presentation by experts from the World Center for Birds of Prey

On June 3, it is again early to rise for a trip to the blue ribbon Camas Prairie Marsh. Known for it’s glorious Camas bloom each spring, this area is also home to many interesting species of birds. Again, enjoy guided bird watching, a bountiful lunch, and time to explore before returning to Sun Valley by 3:30 p.m. The afternoon is yours. Perhaps a massage, facial, or body treatment at the luxurious Spa at Sun Valley calls. Linger a little; with any treatment you will enjoy unlimited use of the steam room, sauna, million-head shower (only a small exaggeration) and the relaxation lounge. Perhaps you’d like to rent a bike at Pete Lane’s Mountain Sports and take a ride into Ketchum or along the miles and miles of bike paths that can be accessed from the Resort. Or maybe you’d just like a quick nap in your comfortable room, a soak in the Jacuzzi, or a handcrafted cocktail at the Duchin Lounge. The choice is yours.  Then join your fellow birding enthusiasts for a closing presentation and a rousing game of croquet on the Lodge Terrace Lawn.


The Camas Prairie is spectacular and filled with amazing birds and wildlife. Expert guides will help you explore

“This is the first time that Sun Valley has developed this kind of ‘experiential’ package for guests, and I am very excited to host and launch this inaugural event,” said Executive Concierge Mickie Adler. “This is a wonderful, uniquely Idaho experience that culminates the best of bird watching education and field experience, with luxurious and iconic Sun Valley lodging.”

This is an all-inclusive package including three nights in the Sun Valley Lodge for $650 per person double occupancy and $1,100 for single occupancy. Space is limited, so be sure to secure your spot now!  There are also a few spots available for local birding enthusiasts. Interested Blaine County residents can enjoy the program excluding lodging. For $275 per person, participants will partake in the two guided trips, the evening presentations and socials, and two lunches. Please call the Sun Valley Concierge at 208-622-2097 for more information and 800-786-8259 to reserve.

If you love birding, this is for you. After all, Idaho is the wilderness state and both Silver Creek Preserve and the Camas Prairie are incomparable places to spot something fascinating. This coupled with opportunities to learn, wine and dine, relax and indulge, make this a long weekend that can’t be missed.


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