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24th Annual Great Blue Heron Week

June 2 - June 13 - Event and Trip Calendar

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June 2 - June 13, 2010

Each year since the Portland City Council adopted the Great Blue Heron in 1986 the region has celebrated efforts to ensure the heron remains an icon for integrating the built and natural environments.  This year we also commemorate the launch of The Intertwine Alliance and the Alliance’s efforts to realize The Intertwine vision of creating a world class network of parks, trails and natural areas throughout the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan region.

Great Blue Heron Week is an opportunity for us to take time to celebrate the past year’s successes as well as start working on future challenges.  It’s time to explore The Intertwine!  Get out in a kayak, on a bicycle or on foot to enjoy our greenspace heritage and to consider what remains to be done.  This is an invitation to come along on the numerous field trips and special events.  Celebrate the continued existence of this graceful bird and the natural world it represents. 

Click here to download the full Great Blue Heron Week Activities calendar (.pdf)

All Portland Audubon Great Blue Heron Week activities can be found Here


No one has better articulated the significance of the heron in our life and culture than the late poet, William Stafford, who wrote Spirit of Place to commemorate the herons place in our region. 

 Spirit of Place

Out of their loneliness for each other
two reeds, or maybe two shadows, lurch
forward and become suddenly a life
lifted from the dawn to the rain.  It is
the wilderness come back again, a lagoon
with our city reflected in its eye.
We live by faith in such presences.

It is a test for us, that thin
but real, undulating figure that promises,
‘if you keep the faith I will exist
at the edge, where your vision joins
the sunlight and the rain:  heads in the light,
feet that go down in the mud where the truth is.

William Stafford, Oregon Poet Laureate
Great Blue Heron Week, 1987


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