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Audubon Birding Day: Tracing the White River with Brodie Cass Talbott

We will ride together in a van. Masks are required in the van and optional otherwise.

The White River starts high on the south flanks of Mt. Hood as the snowmelt of one of the mountain’s largest glaciers. From there, it careens through boulder fields, winds through basalt gorges, and tumbles over the massive White River Falls before its terminus at the Deschutes River. On this van-based trip, we’ll visit the river at access points along the way to view its unique geology, exploring the varied flora and fauna along the way – from Cassin’s Finch and Clark’s Nutcracker in the alpine conifers, to Lewis’s Woodpeckers and Townsend’s Solitaires in the low elevation oaks and sage.

Participants should come dressed for a variety of weather conditions and sun exposure and bring a lunch. We’ll meet at the Gateway Transit Center at 7 a.m. and aim for a 5:30 p.m. return. Masks will be required in the van and are optional outside.

Sun Exposure: Full sun exposure for most stops, including high elevation sun. Full sun protection is recommended.
Amenities (bathrooms and parking): We will try to have bathroom opportunities every two hours.
Public transit: Gateway Transit Center


Distance: Several short walks of less than 0.5 miles.
Elevation changes: Mostly flat
Trail: A variety of tread types, from paved to packed earth trails.
Pacing: Slow
Rest Stops: We will have 6-7 stops with van rides in between each stop.


Explore the White River in fall

Follow the course of the White River, visiting a variety of ecoregions and habitats, and exploring the flora and fauna along the way.


Trip Details

  • Leader: Brodie Cass Talbott
  • Date and time: October 12, 7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Fee: $105 members / $135 non-members

  • Limited to 14 participants
  • Transportation by van is provided. Masks required in van, optional outside.


October 12, 2022
7:30 am - 5:30 pm
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