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2017 Teams and Trips

A listing of Birdathon 2017 Teams and Trips

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Birdathon 2017 Teams and Trips

Find a Half Day, Full Day, or Gonzo Trips (2 + days) that fits your schedule, and have fun while helping support the Audubon Society of Portland!

Half Day Trips:

Great Big Sit
April 23 (Sun), 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

The perfect Birdathon experience for beginners! Give your legs a rest and spend a leisurely morning in your lawn chair at Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden. Relax as birding experts help you identify the birds that come to you. 35–50 species frequent this idyllic setting!

NEW TRIP! Morning Doves: Darlene Betat
May 1 (Mon), 6:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Darlene Betat leads this sunrise morning walk through Cooper Mountain Nature Park’s prairie and unique Oregon white oak woodlands. Birders of all levels are welcome. Take in the morning chorus as we seek migrant and nesting songbirds including warblers, Western Bluebird, Purple Finch, Western Tanager, and Lazuli Bunting.

A Song in the Morning: Gerard Lillie 
May 3 (Wed), 7 a.m. – 9 a.m.

Spend the morning with Gerard Lillie, Mt. Tabor’s renowned birdsong expert, and work on an impressive list of residents and spring migrants by identifying their songs and calls! Join this special “Birdathon Edition” of Portland Audubon’s spring series of Bird Song Walks.

The Greater Pewees: Greg Baker
May 6 (Sat), 7 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Sauvie Island is a unique landscape situated at the confluence of the Columbia and Willamette rivers. It is an important pit stop for migrating birds and an excellent place to be introduced to the world of birding. Join Greg Baker and PPS administrator and educator Ricky Allen on this trip that emphasizes developing new birding skills and sharpening your basic identification.

Ducking Responsibility: Mark Fitzsimons 
May 6 (Sat), 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

We head deep into the hidden waterways of the Columbia Slough, then walk trails into some lesser-known eastside wetlands and ponds. We’ll follow “the road less traveled”! Birdathon Coordinator Mark Fitzsimons will lead you and your canoe or kayak on this birding and paddling adventure. A minimum of $75 in pledges is requested.

Jackson Bottom Ramblers: Steve Engel
May 13 (Sat), 7 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

Join Steve Engel, Hillsboro’s Nature Program Supervisor and former Portland Audubon staffer, for a morning at Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve, an Important Bird Area (IBA). Over 200 species of birds have been identified here, with over 150 expected annually. Bird its quiet, open waters, rolling meadows, and upland ash and fir woodlands. Watch for nesting eagle activity, and see what’s happening at the heron rookery.

NEW TRIP! Cooper Mountain Chickadees: Molly Sultany, Hayley Crews, and Angela Calabrese

May 20 (Sat), 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. 
Join Molly Sultany, Hayley Crews, and Angela Calabrese, all avid birders and photographers, for a low-key morning walk birding among the wildflowers at the scenic 203-acre Cooper Mountain Nature Park in Beaverton. We will look for nesting songbirds, warblers, and raptors in the diverse habitats at the park: oak woodland, prairie, and coniferous forest.

Millennial Falcons: Robin Juskowiak and Brandon Lampkin
May 21 (Sun), 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

Calling all young adult birders, photographers, and nature lovers aged 21 to 35! Join avian enthusiasts Robin Juskowiak and Brandon Lampkin for a casual half day of birding at Fernhill Wetlands, a 700-acre birding hotspot in Forest Grove. All skill levels are welcome as we explore the restored wetlands for a wide variety of waterfowl, shorebirds, and raptors. Afterwards, join us for bird stories and brews at the nearby McMenamins Grand Lodge.

Full-Day Trips 

Soggy Bottom Birders: Ian Abraham, Tim Donner, Laura Newton, and Marissa Duncan 
May 5 (Fri), 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Join Portland Audubon Education staffers Ian Abraham, Tim Donner, Laura Newton, and Marissa Duncan for an exclusive tour of Greater Columbia River Basin wetlands. Stop at Smith and Bybee Lakes and Ridgefield NWR. An ideal trip for people of all ages who appreciate birding in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. Transportation provided. A minimum of $50 in pledges is requested.

Clackamas Creepers: Dan van den Broek
May 6 (Sat), 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Bird Clackamas County with Portland Audubon Educator and birding expert Dan van den Broek. Check out some of the best Willamette floodplain wetlands for Cinnamon Teal, oak woodlands for migrating warblers and flycatchers, and the Cascade foothills for bluebird and solitaire. A minimum of $50 in pledges is requested.

NEW TRIP! Washington County Wormeaters: Joe Liebezeit and Carol Murdock
May 6 (Sat), 5:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. 

Join Portland Audubon's own Joe Liebezeit, and Carol Murdock of Clean Water Services on an all-day exploration of Washington County's birding gems. We will listen and look for rails at Fernhill Wetlands and learn about the work Portland Audubon is doing to understand how birds are responding to the recent wetland restoration effort at that site, explore the variety of bird life at Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge including returning migratory songbirds like Bullock's Orioles as well view other songbirds, waterfowl, and raptors. If time allows we will explore Killin Wetlands and other hotspots for more marsh birds like the American Bittern. A minimum of $200 in pledges is requested.

Whittemore’s Whatzits: Laura Whittemore and Mark Fitzsimons
May 7 (Sun), 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Portland Audubon Instructor Laura Whittemore and Birdathon Coordinator Mark Fitzsimons team up again to offer an all-day van trip around the mid-Willamette Valley, including stops at Ankeny NWR, Baskett Slough NWR, and Minto-Brown Island Park. Let’s see what awaits us as we search high and low for residents and migrants! Great trip for improving your field skills! Transportation provided. A minimum of $75 in pledges is requested.

Mult Madness: Wink Gross
May 10 (Wed), 6 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Wink Gross and Andy Frank lead a tour of birding hotspots in Multnomah County. Begin at Vanport Wetlands, then catch migrants at Mt Tabor. Seek Pygmy Owl and solitaire at Larch Mountain, travel all the way to Eagle Creek for dipper, goldeneye, and possibly Harlequin Duck, finish up at Sauvie Island. Expect 95 to 110 species. This is an intensive trip with a lot of fast-paced walking.

NEW TRIP! Portland Sneak Creepers: Micah Meskel
May 13 (Sat), 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Join Portland Audubon Conservation staffer, Micah Meskel, on a behind the scenes tour of some of the Portland Metro Area’s most important and endangered habitats. This trip will include a mix of destinations that Portland Audubon played a key role in preserving, as well as habitat that we are actively working to protect today. The tour will cover several sites in the metro area with a range of habitat types which should ensure a diversity of bird species seen. 

The Murre the Merrier: Sarah Swanson and Max Smith
May 20 (Sat), 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.

[Wait List only] Sarah Swanson and Max Smith, authors of Must-See Birds of the Pacific Northwest, lead this day-long trip beginning in Portland then heading to the coast. A minimum of $50 in pledges is requested.

Red-breasted Winesuckers: Lacy Campbell
May 21 (Sun), 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. 

(Open to Wildlife Care Center Volunteers only.) Join Lacy Campbell for a full day of fun and birding. Start the day with backyard bird watching and a light breakfast, then carpool to the coast.

Crow-Magnons: Stefan Schlick
May 21 (Sun), 6 a.m. – 9 p.m. 

Explore the diverse habitats of Wasco County with Stefan Schlick, interim Portland Audubon Adult Education Program Manager. Search the Deschutes River for Yellowbreasted Chat, Bullock’s Oriole, and Ash-throated Flycatcher, then explore the pine-oak savanna near Wamic for Lewis’s Woodpecker, Gray Flycatcher, and Tricolored Blackbird. Add montane species on the loop back to Portland through Pine Grove and Camas Prairie and you have an amazing trip! Carpooling. A minimum of $50 in pledges is requested.

Gonzo Trips: 2+ days

Lagerhead Shrikes: Dan van den Broek and Mark Greenfield
April 28–30 (Fri–Sun)

[Wait List only] Dan van den Broek and Mark Greenfield guide this 3-day trip to Medford, Klamath Falls, and the Bend/Sisters area. Our focus is on quality, not quantity, but we expect to see 100–150 species. Transportation and lodging provided. A minimum of $600 in pledges is required.

Wild Turkeys:  Mike Houck and Ron Carley
May 5–7 (Fri–Sun)

Join Mike Houck, Ron Carley, and other notorious birders for the ultimate gonzo Birdathon. A once-in-alifetime, desert-to-coast, mountains-to-valleys birding experience takes you from Summer Lake to Fort Rock, and the La Pine/Sunriver area for the night, then on to Florence, Yachats, and finally Newport. Transportation and lodging provided. A minimum of $700 in pledges is required.

Cream of the Crop: Mariha Kuechmann and Nancy Johnson
May 6–7 (Sat–Sun)

Join Mariha Kuechmann and Nancy Johnson for this 1½-day bird quest through the Willamette Valley and out to the coast. Explore at least 10 great birding locations including Killin, Jackson Bottom, and Fernhill Wetlands; and Bayocean and Fenk Roads in Tillamook. We hope to see 100+ species! Stay overnight for rest and revelry in the town of Neskowin. Breakfast and lodging provided. A minimum of $300 in pledges is required.

Road Runner Resurrected: Nikkie West and Tim Donner
May 20–21 (Sat–Sun)

Our bicycle Birdathon team is back! Join Nikkie West, Backyard Habitat Program Manager, and Tim Donner, Environmental Educator, on a birding-by-bike mini-tour. This excursion begins and ends at Columbia Wastewater Treatment Plant and is supported by awesome Splendid Cycles cargo bikes! Birding stops include the Columbia Slough, Smith and Bybee Lakes, Kelley Point Park, and Sauvie Island, providing many opportunities to spot birds in various habitats. (There is also a Saturday-only option) A minimum of $75 in pledges is required.

Owl Be Darned: Hailey Walls, Kalya McCurry and Christine Jervis
May 27–28 (Sat–Sun)

[Wait List only] Join Hailey Walls, Oregon Zoo Educator, Kayla McCurry, and Christine Jervis for a 2-day trip geared toward women birders. We will head down to Ashland on Friday and start Birdathon looking for Southern Oregon specialties, including an attempt to find a Great Gray Owl as we cross the mountains to the east side. We will visit Klamath Marsh and Summer Lake before camping for the night at Cabin Lake. Sunday we visit Fort Rock for thrashers and other sagebrush species, and head home that evening, looking for woodpeckers on our way north. A minimum of $200 in pledges is requested.

More trips will be available on our website. Also find out how to create your own team — or just fly solo! To register and for more information, visit audubonportland.org.

Thanks to everyone’s efforts, Birdathon raised over $164,000 last year. We hope you’ll help make Birdathon 2016 another fund-raising success as we keep growing and more folks get out there and COUNT because BIRDS COUNT!

Questions? Feel free to contact Mark Fitzsimons, Birdathon Coordinator, at mark.birdathon@gmail.com.


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