Summer Wildlife in Sunriver
Summertime in Central Oregon is all about getting out and finding a new adventure. Whether by car, via bike, on foot, or even on the top of a paddleboard, some of the best parts of being out and about in the Sunriver area are all the cute critters that you can spot during your day.
Like so many visitors that return to Sunriver Resort year after year to relish in our warm summer months, some of our favorite fuzzy friends continue their family traditions year after year here as well. Throughout the Sunriver area, Mule deer, badgers, and Black-tailed Jackrabbits are common. If you go out near the airport in the afternoon, you might be lucky enough to see a native coyote jumping through the grass playfully chasing field mice. Some of the most interactive animals we have here are the Yellow-pine chipmunks who are oftentimes bold enough to scurry right up to your picnic table to check out what’s what. When riding through the bike trails, you might be lucky enough to spot a cottontail rabbit poking around, or a gray squirrel sneakily winding its way up a neighboring Ponderosa. When floating the river, listen carefully for the Western Meadowlark’s distinct flute-like call coming from the grassy meadows, or keep an eye to the sky and catch a glimpse of one of our majestic bald eagles that may swoop down and snatch a fresh trout from the river right before your eyes. With the scene changing every day and new things to discover around every turn, Sunriver in the summer truly is a magical and evolving adventure just waiting to happen.
Mother and baby deer by the Sunriver Nature Center
Coyote in the field by the Sunriver Stables
Bald Eagle flying over the Sunriver Marina
Bunny near the Sunriver Main Lodge
Chipmunk near the Sunriver Realty office
Squirrel near the Bike Barn