Conservation InSight

Urban Bird Walks


Join us for free bird walks in the Portland Metro area!

Whether you are an avid birder or a complete beginner, we welcome you to join us for one of our monthly urban bird walks. We will be exploring different locations in the Portland Metro area to discover the amazing diversity of birds living around us! Walks will be 1-3 hours (usually) depending on weather and the group's enthusiasm. Bring binoculars if you have them, or we can  lend you a pair. Light rain won't stop us so always bring raingear and footwear that you don't mind getting muddy.

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March 2019

Date: 03/17/2019

Time: 8:00 AM

Destination: Taralon Neighborhood

Meeting Place: Taralon Community Center, corner of SE 162nd Ave. and Taralon Dr. in Happy Valley

We're returning to the Taralon Neighborhood to start our spring 2019 bird walks. This is our first walk since the trails at Taralon became an official birding hotspot on eBird. The diversity here will surprise you!

April 2019

Date: 04/07/2019

Time: 8:00 AM

Destination: Powell Butte Nature Park

Meeting Place: Visitor Center

Join us for another bird walk at Powell Butte Nature Park, one of Portland's nicest city parks. This site showcases what's possible with habitat restoration! We'll be talking about our new research project at Powell Butte during this walk. Check out our Research Page on our website to see how you can volunteer for Citizen Science surveys we are organizing at Powell Butte. Visit this site for more information about the park:

May 2019

Date: 05/11/2019

Time: 7:00 AM

Destination: Taralon Neighborhood

Meeting Place: Taralon Community Center, corner of SE 162nd Ave. and Taralon Dr. in Happy Valley

We're returning to the Taralon Neighborhood for another walk because the birds have been VERY good here this spring! As a bonus, we invite you to stick around after our walk and come visit Tom & Kristen's backyard bird habitat. See what you can do in your own backyard to participate in Portland Audubon's Backyard Habitat Certification program.

Past Bird Walks

Date: 12/01/2018

Powell Butte Nature Park


Date: 10/20/2018

Scouter's Mountain Nature Park

Date: 09/22/2018

Taralon Neighborhood

Date: 06/02/2018

Happy Valley Park

Nice looks at a lot of our resident breeders. 32 Species. Highlights: Downy Woodpecker, Bushtit, Bewick's Wren, Swainson's Thrush, American Goldfinch, Wilson's Warbler.

Date: 05/19/2018

Powell Butte Nature Park

Spring has arrived! 41 Species. Highlights: Lazuli Bunting, Savannah Sparrow, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, Red-breasted Sapsucker.

Date: 04/28/2018

Happy Valley Park

Migrants are finally starting to return to the Willamette Valley. 25 Species. Highlights: Warblers (!) including Nashville, Orange-crowned, Yellow-rumped, Common Yellowthroat.

Date: 04/14/2018

Taralon Neighborhood

A slow day at Taralon, but some migrants starting to return. 21 Species. Highlights: Pileated Woodpecker, Rufous Hummingbird, Violet-green Swallow, White-breasted Nuthatch.

Date: 03/03/2018

Sauvie Island - Wapato Access Trail

Fun day at one of our favorite birding locations. 46 Species. Highlights: Lots of ducks (!), Common Goldeneye, Golden-crowned Kinglet, White-breasted Nuthatch.

Date: 12/30/2017

Taralon Neighborhood

We decided to stay right where the birds were for this walk since there was so much activity at our meeting place! 29 Species. Highlights: American Dipper, White-breasted Nuthatch. 

Date: 11/19/2017

Powell Butte Nature Park

Our first bird walk at Powell Butte - we say "first" for this walk because we plan to implement a citizen science program to record bird diversity and abundance at Powell Butte Nature Park in 2018. 

17 Species. Highlights: Vesper Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow.

Date: 10/21/2017

Taralon Neighborhood

Our inaugural bird walk in Happy Valley (and hopefully our coldest and wettest)! Despite the weather we walked the trails in the neighborhood and ventured down to Rock Creek. 20 Species. Highlights: Cooper's Hawk, Bushtit.

See you on a bird walk soon!