Nature Night

Portland Audubon’s 2019-2020 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, Aaron Shilkaitis, at

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2019/2020 Season

March 10, 2020

The Inner Lives of Crows – Complex Behaviors, Funerals, and Play

Alberta Abbey, 126 NE Alberta St. MAP

Crows thrive in human dominated landscapes, living their lives adjacent to our own and inspiring feelings of deep admiration and occasionally frustration. In this Nature Night, corvid expert Kaeli Swift, PhD will take you inside the lives of crows.

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American Crow
Photo by Hayley Crews

April 14, 2020

Centering Justice and Identity – Building Inclusive Scientific Communities for Our Shared Future

Alberta Abbey, 126 NE Alberta St. MAP

Sprinavasa Brown, co-founder of Camp ELSO Inc., has a deep passion for social justice, racial equity in education, and solving complex problems facing communities of color. Join us for Nature Night to learn how she and her team are breaking down barriers and decolonizing science to make the outdoors and environmental education more inclusive.

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April 28, 2020

Exploring the Mysteries of Coyotes in the City with Stanley Gehrt PhD

Oregon Zoo, Cascade Crest Ballroom

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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May 12, 2020

Dr. Christoper J. Schell presents “It’s All Connected: Wildlife, People, and the Intersectionality of Socio-environmental Systems”

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September 30, 2019

David Moskowitz presents  Caribou Rainforest” (co-hosted with Bark and Cascadia Wild)

7 p.m., Ecotrust’s Billy Frank Jr. Conference Room (721 NW 9th Ave, Portland, OR 97209)

Join expert wildlife tracker, biologist and photographer David Moskowitz and hear the untold story of the last remaining caribou herd in the U.S. and the fight to protect their rainforest home in the Northern Cascades.

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A young mountain caribou peers under the head of its mother in the Selkirk Mountains of British Columbia. High mortality rates of calves has been a cause for significant declines in mountain caribou populations. Photo by David Moskowitz.

October 15, 2019

Peter Walker presents “Sagebrush Collaboration: How Harney County Defeated the Takeover of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge”

7 p.m., Ecotrust’s Billy Frank Jr. Conference Room (721 NW 9th Ave, Portland, OR 97209)

Author and University of Oregon Professor Peter Walker takes us back to the contentious 41-day takeover of Malheur Wildlife Refuge in 2016, revealing an unmatched account of the takeover itself to how the power of people standing together overcame the armed militants. We will also feature a special Malheur update from Portlan Audubon Conservation Director, Bob Sallinger.

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November 12, 2019

Dan Roby presents “A Groundbreaking Technique That’s Saving Endangered Species From Extinction”

6:30 p.m., Portland Audubon’s Heron Hall

Join retired Oregon State professor Dr. Dan Roby for an interactive presentation about how a controversial birding practice has emerged as a critical piece in conservation.

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December 1, 2019

Film Screening: Bird of Prey at Hollywood Theatre

Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97212)

Portland Audubon once again visits The Hollywood Theatre to screen Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s award-winning documentary: Bird of Prey. World-renowned wildlife cinematographer Neil Rettig embarks on the most challenging assignment of his career: to find and film the rarest eagle on the planet as an effort to save it from critical endangerment. 

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February 11, 2020

Nature Night: How Inmates Are Helping Revive an Endangered Oregon Butterfly

Ecotrust’s Billy Frank Jr. Conference Room

At this Nature Night, meet Oregon Zoo keeper Ronda Naseth, who has been worked alongside adults in custody at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility to recover the Taylor’s Checkerspot Butterfly. Learn how the groundbreaking program at CCCF – the first of its kind dedicated to the rearing of the Oregon population of the Taylor’s Checkerspot, and the first butterfly conservation program to be housed in a medium security prison – came to be.

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Photo by Ted Thomas, USFWS