Nature Night

Portland Audubon’s 2020-2021 Nature Night Speakers Series is committed to presenting entertaining and expert talks on natural history, wildlife, and conservation issues.

Nature Night is a chance for the community to engage with naturalists, authors, artists, enthusiasts, and activists about issues that affect the world around us. With topics ranging from hidden places of the Pacific Northwest to diversity in the conservation movement to bats, there is a talk for everyone. Our series takes place on the second Tuesday of the month, September through May (unless otherwise noted).

Questions? Contact the Curator of Nature Night, Matthew Hushbeck at

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2020/2021 Season

December 8, 2020

Kaeli Swift, PhD: Something to Crow About


All over the world, crows, ravens, and other corvids have infiltrated nearly every part of our lives. Join us as we host Dr. Kaeli Swift in a discussion of what makes these birds so uniquely captivating. Based on her years of research, Kaeli will share insights into their complex social structures, ability to problem-solve, use complex tools, recognize human faces, and even host funerals for their dead. Join us and see this backyard bird in an entirely different light.

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American Crow
American Crow, photo by Scott Carpenter

November 10, 2020

The Ground Between Us Film Screening


The Ground Between Us presents these public lands debates alongside the day-to-day realities of three families who hold vastly different connections and perspectives on public lands. In a divided America, The Ground Between Us shows that public lands can be a uniting factor.

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October 13, 2020

Stanley Gehrt, PhD: Exploring the Mysteries of Coyotes in the City


Stanley Gehrt, PhD will be joining us from the Midwest to share his nearly 20-year study of how coyotes in Chicago have adapted to the city as their natural environment and share previously unknown details of how they live in harmony with the bustling concrete jungle.

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September 8, 2020

David G Lewis, PhD: Traditional Lifeways of the Chinookans and Kalapuyans


Join David G. Lewis, PhD on a survey of the cultures and specializations of the tribes of western Oregon and the connections to other regional tribes through kinship and trade, examining the Lower Chinook and Kalapuya tribal seasonal lifeways and how their environment became what it is today.

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Stay tuned for the full season announcement!