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Road Scholar

Portland Audubon offers two to three Road Scholar programs a year in spring, summer, fall. Contact Road Scholar to register.

Road Scholar is now the program name for Elderhostel, Inc.

In 1984, the Audubon Society of Portland offered the very first birding Elderhostel (now Road Scholar) Program in the country with then education director James Davis leading. Currently we offer two programs per year in spring and fall. Our programs are advertised in the Road Scholar catalog and on their website. All of our Road Scholar offerings consistently receive the highest rating.

All programs begin on Sunday afternoon and end at noon the following Friday. We have a great time getting to know each other, spending time exploring and learning about the beautiful Pacific Northwest and seeing lots of birds! We hope you will join us on one of our adventures. Program fee includes all meals, lodging, and transportation beginning Sunday evening through Friday lunch, and the services of your leaders.

The program number links below are live and will take you to the Road Scholar website

NOTE:  All registration and payment is handled through
Road Scholar.
Call 1-800-454-5768

Road Scholar programs are open to everyone.

Our annual offerings include:

Birding and Natural History of Central Oregon's High Lava Plains

Road Scholar Program # 14709
May 21 - 26, 2017

Home to more than 200 breeding bird species, this region of central Oregon offers a fascinating range of habitats, from forest to desert to wetlands. Embark on a circular route around the Cascade Mountains to study the area's geologic history and native western bird species. Daily excursions target varied habitats for sightings of songbirds, shorebirds, waterfowl, hummingbirds and raptors. Potential species include White-headed Woodpecker, Ferruginous Hawk, Barrow's Goldeneye, Townsend's Warbler and others. Volcanic features abound with landforms such as lava flows and cinder cones, as well as the Three Sisters and Broken Top, young volcanoes of the Cascades. Also visit the Lava Lands Visitor Center and the High Desert Museum. Ivan Phillipsen, Trip Leader and Educator for Portland Audubon leads this trip.

Fall Birding on the North Oregon Coast

Road Scholar program # 4894
September 10 - 15, 2017

Forests, bays, beaches, and headlands provide habitat for Oregon's rich coastal bird life. We will explore all these habitats in search of sandpipers, plovers, falcons, songbirds, and waterfowl. The elusive Wrentit makes its home near our lodge, Peregrine Falcons hunt the headlands of Cape Meares, Northern Harriers patrol the Nehalem Meadows, Surfbird, Wandering Tattler and Black Turnstone frequent the rocky coast, half a dozen species of gull can be counted and there are three species of cormorant to learn to identify as well as three species of loons! Portland Audubon Trip Leader Ivan Phillipsen, along with dedicated volunteers Dick Demarest and Sue Carr lead this program focusing on species identification, observation, and improving your birding skills. All levels of birdwatching experience are welcome! Field trips include the most scenic locations on the north Oregon coast: Fort Stevens State Park, Oswald West State Park, Necanicum Estuary, Cape Meares Lighthouse, Tillamook Bay, and Nehalem Bay. In the evening we meet in our comfortable lodge for a review of the day's birds and informative short lectures. Our home on the coast will be at Twin Rocks Conference Center, known for its beautiful campus and wonderful meals.

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