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Distance: 2.5 to 3.5 miles on foot, total trip
Elevation changes: Moderate. 300 feet at Coyote Wall. All other birding is on flat ground.
Trail tread and width: Packed dirt trails and gravel.
Exposure: Intermittent sun exposure at most stops. Full sun exposure at Crown Point and Coyote Wall.
Pacing: Slow, with frequent stops to view and listen for birds. We’ll hike up the rim (2 miles round trip) with a moderate elevation gain of 300 feet.
Amenities: Outhouses will be available at the parking lot of most stops.
Public transit: None.
Rest stops: Upon request, we can stop at a gas station and convenience store in Stevenson.
Join Greg to explore birding hotspots in the Columbia River Gorge: Sandy River Delta Recreation Area, Cascade Locks Marine Park (Cascades Island), Coyote Wall/White Salmon, and Rock Cove at Stevenson Washington.Register
Fee: $105 members / $125 non-members
When: Friday, October 20, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: We will meet at the first parking lot area at the Sandy River Delta Recreation Area. From Interstate 84 East, take the first exit east of Troutdale, proceed through the underpass to the north side of I-84 (NE Jordan Road), and follow the clearly marked signs.
Leaders: Greg Baker and Brodie Cass Talbott
Greg Baker started birding at age 9 in Racine, Wisconsin. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1977 with double majors: Environmental Science and Biology. Greg continues to teach one of Portland Audubon's longest running programs which he started 26 years ago: Sauvie Island Exploration and Beginning Field Birding. Twelve years ago (2008) Greg was gifted a copy of The Big Year, and he has been on a mission ever since. His mission: to visit most of the places mentioned in the book, and to complete what he calls his own personal Working Stiff's Big Decade. Greg's Big Decade took him to 40 states and four Canadian Provinces, logging in 720 North American ABA-area species in the process. He photo-documented each birding trip and amassed a collection of 1200 PowerPoint presentations which highlight how to bird by general impression, relying upon sight, sounds, habitat, behavior and an in depth appreciation for status and distribution. Greg is also finishing a book on the subject of birding by general impression which he hopes to have published early next year, along with a website featuring his 1200 educational birding modules. As an environmental scientist/trainer he has over four years of recent experience teaching online webinar-based courses and traditional in person instruction.
Brodie Cass Talbott
Brodie works as an educator with Portland Audubon. After many years of wildland firefighting and leading river tours, he spent six years living and teaching across Asia, where his interest in birds became his passion. He has birded across five continents, and uses his experience in education and ecotourism to share his love of the outdoors with people from all ages, backgrounds, and abilities, with an eye towards increasing access to wild spaces for people from diverse communities.