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.

The name Kipa is short for the Hawaiian word, ho'okipa.  The culture of the Hawaiian people has been a big part of the Bennington Family for many generations.  For anyone who has visited Hawai'i, this culture is described by the term "Aloha Spirit."  An important part of the Aloha Spirit is the Hawaiian value of ho'okipa.  Ho'okipa is the practice of engaging others (including strangers) with the utmost sense of hospitality and responsibility for their well being.  Ho'okipa is the essence of what we find important at Bennington Properties.

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


American Mink


Rocky Mountain Mule Deer

Rocky Mountain Elk

North American Beaver



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


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



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


Ring-Necked Duck

Turkey Vulture


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



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

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)

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