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Birding Oaks Bottom - Mike Houck

Want to participate in Birdathon on your own schedule with a group of bird-loving friends? Then you might want to start your very own Birdathon team!

By starting your own team, you can tailor your Birdathon experience to your own interests. Here are a few things to consider as you begin to plan your trip:

  • Decide what kind of trip you want to plan. It could be anything from a morning birding excursion to a two day gonzo trip.
  • If you are looking for great birding areas in Oregon for your team to visit, check out our map of Important Bird Areas (IBAs). From the coast to Portland to Malheur to Klamath, Oregon is full of incredible sites to spot birds. Some of our favorites in the greater Portland area include Sauvie Island, Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, Tryon Creek State Natural Area, Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, Fernhill Wetlands, Smith and Bybee Wetlands, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, and Tualatin Hills Nature Park. You can also get trip ideas by looking at the excursions planned by our Birdathon teams or by checking Oregon Birding Trails.
  • Contact your bird-loving friends and invite them to join your team! Once you register, Mark Fitzsimons, our Birdathon Coordinator, will email you and your teammates tools to help you fundraise.
  • One of the perks of creating your own team is being able to be more flexible with your trip. You and your friends can coordinate a time that will allow the maximum number of participants to join in on the fun.
  • To help reduce your impact on the environment, consider carpooling with your teammates to your birding location.
  • If you are planning an excursion longer than 2 to 3 hours, consider encouraging your teammates to pack water and a snack. 
  • When posting images of your Birdathon experience on social media, use the hashtag #BirdathonPDX to help raise awareness and connect your efforts with other Birdathoners.
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