Audubon Birding Days, Field Trips & Pacific Northwest Trips

Join Portland Audubon instructors on affordable full-day, half-day, or multi-day Pacific Northwest Trips, local Field Trips, and Audubon Birding Days to natural areas within a day’s drive of Portland. Expert guiding and camaraderie provided! Past offerings have included a daylong exploration of Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuges, Hiking and Birding at Catherine Creek, and Spring Migration on Gresham Butte.

New birders are always welcome.

If you have a question regarding an upcoming program or registration issue, please check our FAQs below or email

This outdoor program will follow all physical distancing and safety protocols dictated by the Oregon Health Administration. Masks required. Please feel free to bring your own spotting scope if you have one. 


Pacific Northwest Trip: Birds, Plants, and Bugs of Mt. Adams

Leader: Stefan Schlick

This is the time to go to Mt. Adams! While bird song is winding down, there should still be lots of singers out and about. Butterflies and dragonflies will not be ignored on this trip! We will spend time in the fabulous marshes of Trout Lake to look for Veery, Gray Catbird, Yellow-breasted Chat, and warblers. Another special treat will be the dry forest and marshes of Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge where we will be looking for Eastern Kingbird, Grasshopper Sparrow, White-headed Woodpecker, and Gray Flycatcher.

Birds, Plants, and Bugs of Mt. Adams
  • July 2 – July 4 *4 spots left*
White-headed Woodpecker, photo by Scott Carpenter

Field Trip: Dragonflies at Koll Center Wetlands

Leader: Stefan Schlick

Join Stefan to discover the stunning beauty of dragonflies at Koll Center Wetlands in Beaverton.

Dragonflies at Koll Center Wetlands
  • July 6, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Cardinal Meadowhawk, photo by Don Henise

Pacific Northwest Trip: Idaho’s Cassia Crossbill

Leader: Stefan Schlick

See the American Birding Association’s newest species in the South Hills of Idaho! Because of the absence of red squirrels in Idaho’s South Hills, Cassia Crossbills are about 20 times more common than the Red Crossbill. We’ll take a compelling and exciting trip from Portland to Twin Falls, seeking summer specialties in various mountain and wetland habitats along the way.

Idaho’s Cassia Crossbill
  • July 8 – July 11
Crossbill, photo by Tara Lemezis

Field Trip: Swallows of Sauvie Island

Leader: Brodie Cass Talbott

Join Brodie on a drive yourself field trip to Sauvie Island to learn about swallows. Please also register for the accompanying digital class on July 12 if you plan to participate.

Swallows of Sauvie Island
  • July 13, 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. *4 spots left*
Violet-green Swallow, photo by Mick Thompson

Audubon Birding Day: Autumn Shorebird Migration

Leader: John Rakestraw

This van trip will explore sites along the northern Oregon Coast in search of shorebirds. Please register separately for the accompanying digital shorebird classes.

Autumn Shorebird Migration
  • August 14, 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Semipalmated Plover, photo by Adam Stunkel

Pacific Northwest Trip: Grays Harbor Shorebirds

Leader: Stefan Schlick

Early September is the perfect time to enjoy shorebird migration. Join Portland Audubon and explore the West Coast birding hotspot of Grays Harbor! From Marbled Godwit flocks in Westport to Sooty Shearwater on the horizon, this trip will excite any birdwatcher and ocean lover.

Grays Harbor Shorebirds
  • September 10 – September 12
Black Turnstone, photo by Mick Thompson

Currently Full Events:

To be added to the waitlist, please click on the event and hit the register button to fill out the inquiry form. Once you have submitted your inquiry for the waitlist, you will only be contacted if a space becomes available. Thank you!

Beginning Birding at Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge
  • June 19, 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. *FULL*
The New School of Birding, Module 3
  • Online Class, Wednesdays: July 21, July 28, August 4, August 11, August 18, & August 25 from 6:00 pm to 7:15 pm
    Field Days: July 31, August 14 & August 28, from 7:00 am to 12:00 pm/4:00 pm (depending on destination) *FULL*