Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden Info & Accessibility
Crystal Springs has long been a Portland duck-watching destination. We will walk through the manicured gardens, allowing varied views of the lake. We’ll have close-up views of Mallard, American Wigeon, Wood Duck, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, and more, and get our heads around dabblers and divers, drakes and hens, and the white markings on each species that help clue us in to their identity.
Amenities: Two bathrooms along the route; large parking lot with ADA parking spaces
Public Transit: The closest Trimet bus stops are 6400 (Westbound Bus 19) and 7286 (Eastbound Bus 19) approximately 1 block away. Bus route 19 is accessible from the Orange Line.
Parking: A large parking spot with two van accessible spots. Overflow parking can be found at the Reed College West parking area.
Rest Stops: Multiple benches are available along the route.
Distance: Total loop is .5 miles.
Pacing: Slow, with frequent stops at benches to view and listen for birds.
Elevation Changes: 2-5% grade for 0.1 miles. The rest is flat.
Trail Tread: Paved, wood, and compact pea gravel.
Bathrooms: An ADA compliant bathroom is available along the route.
Fernhill Wetlands Info & Accessibility
This outing will challenge you to recognize waterfowl at a greater distance and really put your new skills and knowledge to the test. Forest Grove’s Fernhill Wetlands hosts many species of waterfowl in winter, and we’ll also get looks at grebes, which are not waterfowl but are always swimming. Fernhill also hosts birds of prey, and we’ll be sure to watch for eagles, hawks, and falcons during our outing.
Sun Exposure: Full.
Rest Stops: None.
Amenities: ADA-accessible restroom in the parking lot.
Public Transit: Trimet Bus 57 stops 0.8 miles away in Forest Grove.
Distance: 1-1.5 miles.
Pacing: Slow, with frequent stops to view and listen for birds.
Elevation Changes: None.
Trail Tread and Average Width: Ten-foot wide trails with a mix of fine gravel, wood chips, and packed dirt.
Field Class Details
- Fee: $65 members / $85 non-members
- When: This is a two-part class on Saturday mornings: November 19 and December 17
- Time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Adult Education Classes, Field Trips, and Audubon Birding Days Cancellation Policy
Laura Whittemore has been watching and enjoying birds since sometime last century and loves to mentor newer birders as they improve their skills and encounter more birds. Through Portland Audubon she’s taught birding classes since 2000, helping launch the careers of hundreds of eager new birders. She’s especially keen on birding by ear and will help you tell the difference between a Black-capped and a Chestnut-backed Chickadee, for a start. Laura’s been lucky enough to bird in the Southern Hemisphere three times but has yet to experience a full-on North American spring warbler migration. In the meantime, she’ll keep birding locally in between house projects and dog walks.