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Morning Bird Song Walks

Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. | Various locations | April 1 through end of May | No sign-up, no fee, leave when you need to. Led by our wonderful Audubon Volunteers!

Lazuli Bunting horizontal - Jim Cruce
Lazuli Bunting - Jim Cruce

Audubon Society of Portland is proud to sponsor the 2014 season of weekday-morning Bird Song Walks! From beginners to advanced birders, anyone who is fascinated by the sounds of birds should take advantage of these volunteer-guided walks to the metro area’s prime spring migration hotspots.

By starting with the earliest trips you can become familiar with the songs of the common resident species and then keep pace with the migrants as they arrive. These Bird Song Walks begin at 7 a.m.

No pre-registration required. Leave whenever you like. Bring binoculars and a field guide, and be sure to dress properly for the weather: Spring mornings can be surprisingly chilly. Steady morning rain cancels a walk.

Try taking the bus if available. Go to trimet.org or call 503-238-RIDE (7433) for route information. For natural history information, maps, and directions for these natural areas, see the latest edition of "Wild in the City: Exploring the Intertwine," available at the Portland Audubon Nature Store. Websites are provided here for each locale.

Mondays | April 7, 14, 21, 28 and May 5, 12, 19, 26

Tryon Creek State Park
Leaders: Rick and Stephanie Wagner
11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd, Portland, OR 97219

Take the Terwilliger Blvd exit off I-5 and head south on Terwilliger toward Lewis and Clark College. Stay on Terwilliger past the intersections with Taylors Ferry Rd and Boones Ferry Rd. At the traffic circle, continue past the entrance to Lewis and Clark Northwest School of Law and follow the brown sign to Tryon Creek State Park, about 1 mile ahead on the right. Meet at the Nature Center. More at tryonfriends.org.

Tuesdays | April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and May 6, 13, 20, 27

Cooper Mountain Nature Park
Leaders: Bonnie Deneke and Sue Carr
18892 SW Kemmer Rd, Beaverton, OR 97007

Please be aware that Cooper Mountain has steep terrain. Directions: From Highway 217, take the Scholls Ferry Rd exit and head west on Scholls Ferry past Murray Blvd. At 175th Ave, turn right and go north, uphill, about 1.8 miles and turn left on Kemmer Rd. The park entrance is on the south side of Kemmer. From the north (Hwy 26 or Hwy 10), turn south on 185th (which will become Gassner Rd), turn left on 190th Ave and left on Kemmer Rd. Cooper Mountain Nature Park is a partnership between Metro and Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation District. More on Cooper Mountain programing at thprd.org.

Tuesdays | May 20 and June 3

Leach Botanical Gardens
Leader: Ron Escano

Meet at 7 a.m. in Leach Botanical Garden Administrative Annex parking lot, located 6550 SE 122nd Ave (NOT at the Garden Manor House). To get to the Administrative Annex go south on SE 122nd from Foster Rd. for about a block and turn left into the driveway of the white administrative building (looks like a house) just before 122nd veers to the right and down the hill. Restrooms are limited to the port-a-potty in the upper garden.

Wednesdays | April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and May 7, 14, 21, 28

Mt. Tabor Park
Leaders: Gerard Lillie and Tom McNamara

From SE Belmont, go south on SE 69th two short blocks. Just into the park, turn right and drive as far as possible to gate, and park along street. Mt. Tabor Park is closed to vehicle traffic on Wednesdays, so be sure to use this entrance. [TriMet bus #15 stops at SE 69th & Yamhill.] Please be part of a group awareness of bicyclists on Mt. Tabor! Make room and share the road! More on Portland Parks at portlandoregon.gov/parks.

Thursdays | April 3, 10, 17, 24 and May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Camassia Preserve
Leader: Jackie Wilson

Drive S from Portland on Hwy 43 (SW Macadam Ave) through Lake Oswego to West Linn — OR drive S from Portland on I-205 to West Linn Exit #8 and turn left at end of exit ramp and pass under I-205. Just before the gas station, turn right onto Willamette Falls Dr, go uphill 1 block then left 90 degrees to follow Willamette Falls Drive. Veer right in 1/4 mile onto Sunset Ave, still going uphill, cross I-205, and immediately turn right on Walnut St. The preserve is at the end of Walnut St. More on this and other Nature Conservancy preserves at nature.org.

Fridays | April 4, 11, 18, 25 and May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Pittock Mansion
Leader: Wink Gross
3229 NW Pittock Drive, Portland, OR 97210

Follow W Burnside about 1.2 miles west of NW 23rd and turn right onto Barnes Rd. Follow the well-marked signs through the neighborhood for another 0.7 mile, and meet at the Pittock parking lot. [TriMet bus #20 stop #687 at W Burnside & NW Barnes is closest stop.] More at pittockmansion.org.

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