Destinations & Resources
The Portland metropolitan region offers a rich array of birding opportunities in its many wildlife refuges and natural areas. Birders who want to go further afield can visit the state’s more remote birding hotspots or explore Oregon Birding Trails.
Portland Metro Destinations
|Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge
||Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge|
|Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge||Smith and Bybee Lakes|
|Jackson Bottom Wetlands||Sauvie Island Wildlife Area|
|Portland Audubon's Nature Sanctuary
Oregon birding hotspots: Get directions to and descriptions of 10 great places to birdwatch in Oregon.
In September and October, raptor enthusiasts should also visit Bonney Butte, located on the southeastern flanks of Mount Hood. The site is home to the largest known fall concentration of migrating raptors in Oregon.
Oregon Birding Trails
|Willamette Valley Birding Trail||Oregon Coast Birding Trail|
|Klamath Basin Birding Trail||Basin and Range Birding Trail|
|Cascades Birding Trail|
Oregon Birding Trails are your guide to viewing nearly 500 species of birds in spectacular landscapes ranging from sandy beaches to verdant forests, from desert playas to alpine meadows. Visit www.oregonbirdingtrails.org for more information, including downloadable guides for the four completed trails, or to learn more about plans for expanding the Oregon Birding Trail network.
Pick up a free copy of the printed versions of the Oregon Coast Birding Trail and new Willamette Valley Birding Trail when you visit our Interpretive Center. Other Oregon Birding Trail maps are no longer available in printed form and must be downloaded from the above links.
If you have any questions regarding the Willamette Valley Birding Trail, or Oregon Birding Trails in general, please contact the route committee chair, Joel Geier at 541-745-5821 or e-mail email@example.com. Thank you for your assistance in creating the Willamette Valley Birding Trail!
The Portland Audubon Nature Store features the best selection of binoculars and spotting scopes in Oregon and SW Washington, in addition to field guides, gifts, toys, backyard birding supplies and more.
Spring Arrival Dates for birds common to the Portland Area, compiled by Adrian and Christopher Hinkle. (pdf)
Forest Park Conservancy
Oregon League of Conservation Voters
Oregon Natural Desert Association
Coalition for a Livable Future
Gifford Pinchot Task Force
1000 Friends of Oregon
Friends of Mt Hood
Center for Biological Diversity
Columbia Slough Watershed Council
For the Sake of Salmon (salmon nation)
Columbia River Inter-tribal Fish Commission
Streamnet: fish data for the northwest
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