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Audubon Birding Day: Beginning Winter Raptor Identification at Scappoose

Sauvie Island is well known to birders seeking out cranes, swans, and raptors. Much less well-known is the nearby Crown Zellerbach Trail, which features much of the same habitat, and birds. We’ll spend the first two hours walking a mile-long section of this trail looking for hawks, eagles, harriers, and falcons, and working on their identification, before walking to the adjacent fields to search for Short-eared Owls at sundown. Micah Meskel, our Assistant Director of Conservation-Urban, will be joining us to talk about conservation in the area. *Note that it may be fully dark by the time we get back to the parking lot, and flashlights are recommended.

Rest stops: None
Sun exposure: Full, but sun is not expected
Amenities (bathrooms and parking): Ample parking at trailhead, which includes a vault toilet.


Walking Distance: Up to 2 miles.
Elevation changes: None
Trail: Wide pavement
Pacing: Slow

A Northern Harrier in flight against a blue sky.
Northern Harrier, photo by Tara Lemezis

Get to know the area's winter raptors!

In this beginners’-focused trip, we’ll search for and practice identifying raptors along the Crown Zellerbach Trail in Scappoose.


Trip Details

  • Leaders: Brodie Cass Talbott and Micah Meskel
  • Date and time: January 26, 2:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Fee: $45 members / $65 non-members

  • Limited to 12 participants


January 26, 2024
2:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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