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Observation Point: Birding at the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

When Mount St. Helens erupted in 1980, it was like uncorking a bottle of pressurized soda: ash, gas, rocks and steam exploded upward and across the landscape to the north of the mountain. The eruption buried over 230 square miles of existing forest around the volcano with volcanic debris. The eruption dramatically reshaped the landscape, creating a mosaic of habitat types that are now home to a diverse suite of birds.

In 1982, the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument was designated to protect the land closest to the volcano as a place for research, recreation and education. Today, home to more than 80 species of nesting birds, the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument offers unique birding opportunities.

Join us as we take a tour through the diverse mosaic of habitats created by the 1980 eruption and learn about where to see some of Mount St. Helen’s signature birds. This interactive presentation will excite and prepare you for birdwatching in the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. Bring your questions and curiosities!

This course is part of a three-part series about the birds of Mount St. Helens presented by Gina Roberti from the Mount St. Helens Institute.

Bear Creek, North Fork Toutle River, photo by Long Bach Nguyen

Join us and learn about Mount St. Helens and Birds!

How does a changing landscape affect habitat for birds? What makes Mount St. Helens a unique place for long-term scientific research? Learn about land management, scientific monitoring, and how you can visit the ever-changing landscape around Mount St. Helens.


Class Details

  • Class: March 18, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    Class fee: $20 members / $30 non-members
  • Note: Class recordings will be sent out automatically to everyone who registered post-class. Thank you!



March 18
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Portland Audubon
5151 NW Cornell Road
Portland, OR 97210 United States
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$20 – $30


Tara Lemezis