Monday, July 13, 2020

August 16 and September 12 Trips Most Likely to Go

As of the middle of July, both the August 16 and September 12 pelagics are getting close to having the number of participants necessary to be able to run a trip. Both these 8 hour trips have 11 birders signed up, and while each trip needs 3-5 more passengers, it seems likely that these two trips will achieve at least the required minimums. I understand the uncertainty around making plans during the pandemic, but if you are thinking about going out on a pelagic with us this fall, you may wish to join one of these two trips. 

Sunday, May 24, 2020

OPT WILL CAP ALL TRIPS FOR THE REMAINDER OF 2020

While some experts (and I) believe that some of the safest places to be during this pandemic are outside and in the fresh air, people need to maintain social and spatial distancing as much as possible. While maintaining a 6 foot distance is difficult to impossible on a typical pelagic trip, Oregon Pelagic Tours will be do its best to mitigate unsafe crowding. We therefore are going to cap all pelagics at 16 passengers. Unfortunately, to make even a small profit, this policy necessitates a significant price increase. We hope that we can make this a temporary measure, and that in 2021 the situation will allow a return to more normal prices and policies. In the meantime, Oregon Pelagic Tours hopes for your support and understanding, as we attempt to continue to provide pelagic birding opportunities, keeping your safety in mind. 


Friday, May 1, 2020

PELAGICS IN THESE UNCERTAIN TIMES -- PART 2

We apparently will be dealing with effects of the COVID-19 pandemic through at least the near future. With continuing doubts about when this crisis will be over, and following the example of many organizations ceasing activities until the summer, Oregon Pelagic Tours will not be running any pelagics until August. This decision is made after careful consideration of the safety of our passengers and crew, as well as sound business practice. While I regret the necessity of this action, I feel confident it is the correct decision. In any case, it is my sincere hope to see you on an Oregon Pelagic Tours pelagic in the future -- I for one will be more than ready to start seeing seabirds as soon as I can.
Stay healthy, and thank you for your interest in OPT!