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Accessible Birding Outing at Kelley Point Park *1 spot left*
Join Portland Audubon for an accessible birding outing at Kelley Point Park! We’ll travel along paved trails looking for birds in forest, field, and river habitat. The park boasts a wide variety of songbirds, woodpeckers, and water birds, as well as ADA compliant bathrooms. Together we will make our way through the park by foot or by wheelchair, observing and learning about birds and other wildlife, as well as plants, insects and whatever else we observe. We welcome all people who identify as disabled, neurodivergent, and/or chronically ill. This outing is made for and led by birders with disabilities. Beginning birders are welcome! Extra binoculars will be available.
Register:Click to Register. Limited to 10 participants. Trip Leaders: Ali Berman, Fern Wexler and Camelia Zollars Masks: Masks are now optional at our outdoor events. However, we will check in with each participant in advance in case anyone who is immunocompromised needs to be in a masked environment. We also recognize that some people can’t wear masks due to their disability. Physical distancing will be required.
We recognize that within the disability community, access needs vary and sometimes conflict. That’s why we’ll offer different opportunities throughout the year prioritizing different kinds of access needs. If this one doesn’t work for you, we hope the next one will. If you have any accessibility needs that aren’t covered below or have requests on what we should offer to meet your needs for future events, please reach out to trip leader Ali Berman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amenities: ADA bathrooms along the route; large parking lot with ADA parking spaces. Parking:A large parking spot with two accessible spots. The parking lot is large, and often quite empty. Rest Stops:Benches are available approximately .3 miles into the walk. Service Animals: Service animals are welcome, but must remain on leash.
Distance:Between .5 and .8 miles, deciding based on the needs of participants. Pacing: Slow, with frequent stops to view and listen for birds. We will go at the pace of the slowest member of the group. Participants can request a break at any time. Elevation Changes:Largely flat with one short (approximately 30 feet) slope that exceeds ADA guidelines. If manual wheelchairs would like assistance going up or down this slope, one of the guides can provide support. Trail Tread and Width: Paved. Between 40 and 60 inches. Bathrooms: An ADA compliant bathroom is available along the route.
Register for this accessible birding outing!
Be in community with other folks who identify as disabled, neurodivergent, and/or chronically ill as we search for songbirds, woodpeckers, and more!
Ali Berman (she/her) has been the Communications Manager at Portland Audubon since 2015. She serves on the board of both Disabled Hikers and Portland Parks and Recreation. Ali loves birds, building community, and sharing her love of wildlife with others.
Fern Wexler (they/them, he/him) has been a Portland Audubon volunteer since 2018, as well as a seasonal educator. They love birding, fancy pigeons, sharing their birding knowledge, and getting outside as much as possible.