For the first time in approximately four decades, Summer Lake Wildlife Area has a new manager. Jason Journey took over the role earlier this year from Marty St. Louis, who still helps out at the location.
Journey grew up in Springfield but is more than familiar with the Summer Lake Wildlife Area — a nearly 20,000-acre refuge enjoyed by an immense variety of waterfowl and shorebirds. He started visiting the Wildlife Area when he was 4 or 5 years old with his father, and held multiple positions there before taking over as manager.
Possessing a passion for wildlife biology since he was boy, Journey had always planned to enter that field. He attended Eastern Oregon University for two years before transferring to Oregon State University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology.
Journey first started working at Summer Lake Wildlife Area in 1996, doing seasonal duck banding. He then returned in 2000 for an 8-month seasonal position. After that, he held essentially every position at the location, including assistant manager, until 2011.
He moved on to assistant wildlife biologist positions in both Hines and Prineville, before becoming manager of Klamath Wildlife Area in 2014.
Having spent so much time at Summer Lake Wildlife Area over the years, both as a visitor and employee, Journey said he has long thought of it as a second home.
For the rest of the story pick up the Wednesday, Oct. 14, edition of the Lake County Examiner.