Nature Night

Portland Audubon’s 2018-2019 Nature Night Speakers Series is committed to presenting entertaining and expert talks on natural history, wildlife, and conservation issues. This season, we have worked to intentionally integrate important pieces of our Strategic Plan to center Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, broaden our audience and impact, and expand our partnerships.

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, November through May (unless otherwise noted).

Questions? Contact the Curator of Nature Night, Aaron Shilkaitis, at

Photo by Adam Stunkel

RSVP in Advance for the Nature Night Season!

Please sign up here if you want to attend any or all of our Nature Night series. By signing up, you are putting your name on the list for Express Entry and to be contacted should any changes arise like a cancellation or additional speaker. You also help us get a better idea of how many people to plan for.


2018/2019 Season

November 2018

Vicente Harrison, author and Park Ranger
Creating Generational and Communal Ties to Nature

November 13, 6:30 p.m., Heron Hall Heron Hall (5151 NW Cornell Road, Portland, OR)

  • 6:30 p.m.: Book signing and songs of unity with Aaron Nigel Smith
  • 7–8 p.m.: Presentation followed by short discussion

Join Park Ranger and author Vicente Harrison for Nature Night as he discusses how we can start to close the diversity and equity gap in the outdoors and create generational and communal ties to nature.

December 2018

Bob Sallinger, Conservation Director
Saving the Double-crested Cormorants of East Sand Island

Rescheduled: February 12, 7 p.m., Heron Hall (5151 NW Cornell Road, Portland, OR)

Don’t miss Nature Night tomorrow at 7 p.m.! Conservation Director Bob Sallinger will talk about the ongoing persecution of the world’s largest colony of Double-crested Cormorants and what we can do to protect them.

January 2019

Jo Ann Hardesty, Portland City Commissioner
Harnessing the Power of Grassroots Organizing

January 15, 7 p.m., Montgomery Park

At this month’s Nature Night, City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty talks grassroots organizing, her new role, & how social justice & conservation work together. Whether you’re an experienced organizer or new to community building, you’re sure to be inspired

February 2019

Film Screening at Hollywood Theater

February 20, 7:30 p.m., Hollywood Theater (4122 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97212)

Join Portland Audubon for a special Nature Night at the Hollywood Theatre for a one-time showing of Tomorrow, a film that challenges folks to not give into the catastrophism of climate change, and instead to find solutions.

March 2019

Teresa Baker, founder of the African American National Park Event
Why Environmental
Sustainability Depends on Diversity In Our Movement

March 12, 7 p.m., Ecotrust’s Billy Frank Ocean Jr. Conference Room

Join us for an evening with Teresa Baker, founder of the African American National Parks Event and the Outdoor Industry CEO Diversity Pledge, and an interactive panel including Mercy Shammah of Wild Diversity, Miché Lozano of Latino Outdoors, and field biologist Greg Smith.

April 2019

Michael Murphy, Ornithologist and Portland State University professor
The Story
of Portland’s Parks and Greenspaces Told Through Their Birds

April 9, 7 p.m., Portland Audubon’s Heron Hall

The version of a story often depends on the lens of the story-teller. Join Portland State University’s Professor Michael Murphy for Nature Night on April 6 to learn what the birds of Portland’s parks and greenspaces can tell us.

Yellow-breasted Chat

May 2019

Cecily Douglas, Biology Teaching Lab Manager at Portland State University
Past, Present, 
and Future – What Museum Collections Tell Us About Birds

May 14, 7 p.m., Heron Hall (5151 NW Cornell Road, Portland, OR)