Kipa and Camp Bennington Kipa and Camp Bennington

Kipa & Camp Bennington


Welcome to Camp Bennington; your guide to exploring the science and history of Sunriver, Oregon.   As amateur historians and scientists, the Bennington Properties Family spends much of their free time exploring the natural and historical world of Sunriver.  Camp Bennington is our way of sharing what they have learned with you.  Kipa and the Team at Bennington Properties wish you a wonderful time as you explore and experience Sunriver!

Meet Kipa Bennington

Meet Kipa, our Camp Bennington Head Ranger.  Kipa will help you explore your way through Sunriver.  He also has exciting prizes for completing activities in your ranger guide.  Kipa—from the Hawaiian word “ho’okipa” meaning hospitality, friendliness, generosity, and taking care of others—has been an integral part of the Bennington team since 2014. He brought with him his love of kids and the plants and animals that surround the Sunriver area. Kipa was born and raised in the Deschutes National Forest, and eventually adopted by the Bennington family in 2015.  Learn more about Kipa

Camp Bennington Ranger Guide

Our Camp Bennington Ranger Guide is full of fun activities for the whole family.  Let our team know if you have children 12 and under joining you on your vacation and we will make sure to leave each child their very own Camp Bennington Ranger Guide.  Kipa would love to see your progress, visit Bennington Properties to show Kipa's friends your completed Ranger Guide.

Wild Animals of Sunriver

Sunriver is home to some of Oregon's most beautiful and fascinating wild animals. All you have to do is look out the window of your vacation rental to see these incredible animals. Click on the name of each animal to learn about their habitat and behaviors.  Look, but don't touch.  Young animals are rarely orphaned so look, but don't touch.


North American River Otter


Porcupine


American Mink


Raccoons


Rocky Mountain Mule Deer


Rocky Mountain Elk


North American Beaver


Muskrat


Stoat


Belding's Ground Squirrel


Douglas Squirrel


Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel


Yellow Pine Chipmunk


Western Grey Squirrel


Mountain Cottontail Rabbit


Long-tailed Weasel


Wild Birds of Sunriver


Coyote


Pacific Tree Frog


Oregon Spotted Frog


Western Toad


Horned Lizard


Sagebrush Lizard


Western Fence Lizard


Western Skink


Garter Snake


Pacific Gopher Snake


American Black Bear


Bobcat


Cougar


Tui Chub (Aspen Lake)


Bullhead Catfish (Aspen Lake)


Stickleback Fish (Aspen Lake - Invasive)


Signal Crayfish (Deschutes River)


Mountain Whitefish (Deschutes River)


Brown Trout (Deschutes River)

Wild Birds of Sunriver

Sunriver is home to some of Oregon's most beautiful wild birds.  All you have to do is look out the window of your vacation rental to see these incredible animals.  Click on the name of each bird to learn about their habitat and behaviors. If you want to keep track of all of the birds you see, use this checklist created by the East Cascades Audubon Society for common birds of Central Oregon, east of the Cascades (Sunriver, Bend, LaPine, Redmond, Sisters).  Happy bird watching!


California Quail


Northern Flicker


Steller's Jay


Hairy Woodpecker


Mourning Dove


Clark's Nutcracker


Belted Kingfisher


Tree Swallow


Cliff Swallow


Barn Swallow


Mountain Chickadee


Red-breasted Nuthatch


White-breasted Nuthatch


Pygmy Nuthatch


Mountain Bluebird


American Robin


European Starling


Yellow Warbler


Yellow-rumped Warbler


Spotted Towhee


Chipping Sparrow


Savannah Sparrow


Song Sparrow


Dark-eyed Junco


Red-Winged Blackbird


Brewer's Blackbird


Brown-headed Cowbird


House Finch


Pine Siskin


Red Crossbill


Cassin's Finch


Pied-billed Grebe


Wilson's Snipe


Killdeer


Ring-Necked Duck


Turkey Vulture


Osprey


Red-tailed Hawk


Northern Harrier


American Kestrel


Bald Eagle


Great Horned Owl


Great Grey Owl


Western Screech Owl


Northern Saw-whet Owl


Great Blue Heron


Canada Goose


Mallard

   

Additional Resources

Oregon is a bird watchers delight—from the coast to the mountains to the high desert, there are hundreds of birds to discover. These resources will help you enjoy your birding adventures.

A big thank you to Kody Osborne, Lead Naturalist at the Sunriver Nature Center, for his help compiling this list of local wildlife.  Kody is a great resource for all-things-nature here in Sunriver.  He can be reached at 541.593.4394, by Email, or by stopping at the Sunriver Nature Center Monday through Friday.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife - Birdwatching in Oregon

Oregon Birding Trails Map for Cascades (compliments of OregonBirdingTrails.org)

iBird App for Apple Products

Find out what birds are being spotted around the country and in your backyard.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

My Nature Animal Tracks: Identify animal tracks and sounds

Find-A-Fish: Identification of fish

Audubon Mammals (Android / Apple): Guide to mammals; habitat, ranges, and behavior

Audubon Insects & Spiders (Android / Apple): Most common species of insects and spiders

OhRanger!: Find National Parks, State Parks, National Forests and Wildlife Refuges (Android / Apple)

Leave No Trace - 7 Principles

Leave No Trace Seven Principles Infographic
Infographic courtesy of Earth River SUP

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