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Great Blue Heron Week: June 1 - June 12

Join us for Great Blue Heron Week and explore Portland's official bird as you discover natural areas all around the city.

Great Blue Heron Week: June 1 - June 12

Great Blue Heron by Scott Carpenter

Join the Audubon Society of Portland, Urban Greenspaces Institute, and other partners in The Intertwine Alliance in celebrating Portland’s official city bird. The Great Blue Heron is an iconic species that represents the rich diversity of bird and other animal life native to the Portland-metro region.

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 built and natural environments. Great Blue Heron week is also an opportunity to celebrate our collective efforts to expand and protect natural areas that are home to herons and the plants and animals that make our region a special place to live.

Get out in a kayak, on a bicycle or on foot to enjoy our greenspace heritage and to consider what remains to be done. Explore the full schedule of Great Blue Heron Week events:

May 30: Welcome Home to Vanport
June 1: Great Blue Heron Week Proclamation
June 1: Birding the Willamette Greenway at South Waterfront
June 4: Ridgefield Big Paddle Festival
June 5: Birds of Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge
June 8: Birding the Willamette Greenway at South Waterfront
June 9: Birding at Fernhill Wetlands
June 11: Herons of Rock Creek Greenway
June 12: Paddling Ross Island
June 12: Sauvie Island "Johnson Unit " Rookery Heron Watch

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Great Blue Heron by Scott Carpenter
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