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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September 2018

Date: 09/22/2018

Time: 7:30 AM

Destination: Taralon Neighborhood

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

We're returning to the Taralon Neighborhood to start our fall 2018 bird walks! This is the first of a series of bird walks designed to show the diversity of birds that can be found in changing habitats in the Portland metro area. Join us to look for fall migrants and the arrival of our winter residents.

October 2018

Date: 10/20/2018

Time: 8:00 AM

Destination: Scouter's Mountain Nature Park

Meeting Place: Main parking area

Join us for our second bird walk in a series of walks designed to showcase the diversity of birds that can be found in our urban area. This site is an island of nice bird habitat in Happy Valley surrounded by new development - come learn how beneficial these remaining natural areas can be for birds! https://www.oregonmetro.gov/parks/scouters-mountain-nature-park

November 2018

Date: TBD

Time: TBD

Destination: TBD

Meeting Place: TBD

We're still trying to figure out how to plan a walk in November that works with our schedule....check back soon!

December 2018

Date: 12/01/2018

Time: 9:00 AM

Destination: Powell Butte Nature Park

Meeting Place: Visitor Center

Join us for another bird walk at Powell Butte Nature Park and help us document the bird diversity and abundance at one of Portland's nicest city parks. This site showcases what's possible with habitat restoration! Visit the Friends of Powell Butte Nature Park website for more information about this site: http://friendsofpowellbutte.org/

Past Bird Walks

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!

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