The above photos are only a small portion of the reason this area attracts birders, photographers, and wildlife enthusiasts year round. Malheur is the focus this winter of a dispute between militia groups and the federal government and this need to stop and stop soon!
The fact that no one wants the militants there seems lost on no one but the militants themselves. Such an occupation is bad for the economy of the area, which sees a lot of dollars from tourists who come to Malheur each year to see the many bird species that live here, and the others that use the refuge as their temporary “home” on the way to and from breading grounds in the North.
I’m not going to cover the other issues involved in the standoff between law enforcement and
the militants, except to say FBI do something please to give us back the place we so love to visit each year.
I would hate to loose this place to view the birds and I have to say remember the land originally belonged to the Northern Paiute’s.
One more thought: Who is feeding the birds who come the the feeders shown above?
All above photos taken by Michael Poe, copyright 2015