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Field Trip: Beginning Waterfowl Identification at Whitaker Ponds with Brodie Cass Talbott *FULL*

Whitaker Ponds is one of industrial Portland’s success stories: a literal dump rehabbed into one of the birdiest hotspots in the city. With excellent waterfowl viewing opportunities, spend the morning learning how to identify ducks and geese at this city gem.

Public Transit: The best access to the park is from the entrance at 7040 NE 47 Ave, a ¼ mile north of Columbia Blvd. TriMet bus #75 makes a stop at the corner of NE 47th Avenue and Columbia Blvd and visitors can walk north from there to the park entrance. Bike racks are located inside the entrance near the west pond.

Accessibility: Trails are flat, and typically 4-6 feet wide with gravel tread. The short trail system is approximately a half mile long. There are two wooden ramps with gentle pitch down to the pond and the slough. Partial sun, partial shade For complete site description, visit the birdability page. There is one ADA accessible portapotty at the site parking spots are available for use.

All COVID-19 safety protocols dictated by the Oregon Health Authority will be followed on our programs. Masks are mandatory.

Join us for The World of Waterfowl Digital Class Series

Take what you learn in this series of waterfowl classes out and into the field! Just in time for the return of millions of wintering waterfowl, this three-part series of standalone classes provides everything you need to know to understand and identify the multitude of different Oregon waterfowl.

Understanding Waterfowl
  • October 27, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Beginning Waterfowl Identification
  • November 3, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Advanced Waterfowl Identification
  • November 10, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
An American Wigeon is floating left on blue water.
American Wigeon, photo by Mick Thompson

Baffled by waterfowl?

Learn the basics of telling our many ducks and geese apart with a trip to Whitaker Ponds, a local classic for wintering waterfowl.


Trip Details

  • Leader: Brodie Cass Talbott
  • Date and time: November 9, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Fee: $45 members / $65 non-members

  • Limited to 10 participants


November 9, 2021
9:00 am - 11:00 am
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