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 classes@audubonportland.org.

Due to COVID-19, you must provide your own transportation, lodging, meals, spotting scope, etc. 

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. 

 


Audubon Birding Day: Ankeny & Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge

Leader: Brodie Cass Talbott

Join Brodie for an exploration of the wetlands of Ankeny and Baskett Slough, the companion trip for our Birding by Ear: Wetlands class.

Ankeny & Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge
  • April 22, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Common Yellowthroat
Common Yellowthroat, photo by Scott Carpenter

Audubon Birding Day: The North Coast, from Seaside to Astoria

Leader: Dan van den Broek

Join Portland Audubon for an all-day, coastal birdy adventure to the North Coast to search for loons, grebes, sea ducks and more.

The North Coast, from Seaside to Astoria
  • April 23, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. *1 spot left*
Black Turnstone, photo by Mick Thompson

Audubon Birding Day: Welcome Back, Puffins!

Leaders: Brodie Cass Talbott & Erin Law

We’ll head to Cannon Beach to welcome Tufted Puffins back to their breeding grounds.

Welcome Back, Puffins!
  • April 28, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tufted Puffin
Tufted Puffin by Scott Carpenter

Audubon Birding Day: Deschutes River Butterflies and Birds

Leader: Stefan Schlick

Join Stefan for a full day of butterflies, wildflowers, and birds! This trip takes place in The Dalles area, about an hour and a half from Portland metro.

Deschutes River Butterflies and Birds
  • April 28, 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sheridan's Green Hairstreak, photo by Frank D. Lospalluto

Pacific Northwest Trip: Northern Blues – Washington State’s Forgotten Counties

Leader: Stefan Schlick

Discover a lesser known part of the Pacific Northwest on this 5-day birding adventure with Stefan Schlick. The Northern Blue Mountains, east of Walla Walla, have breathtaking canyons and cliffs at their higher elevations and riparian areas are a mecca for migrating birds at the lower elevations.

Northern Blues – Washington State’s Forgotten Counties
  • May 21 – May 25, 6:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Green-tailed Towhee, photo by Mick Thompson

Audubon Birding Day: Klickitat River Butterflies and Birds

Leader: Stefan Schlick

Join Stefan in the Klickitat River region of Washington state. A highlight will be searching for the rare Goldhunter’s Hairstreak and birds such as Nashville Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, and Lewis’s Woodpecker.

Klickitat River Butterflies and Birds
  • June 12, 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Ash-throated Flycatcher, photo by Becky Matsubara

NEW! Pacific Northwest Trip: Woodpeckers of Wasco

Leaders: Brodie Cass Talbott & Erin Law

Wasco County holds the distinction of having the most breeding species of woodpecker of any county in the United States, with all 12 of Oregon’s breeding species represented. We’ll try for all 12 (with 8-9 more likely). Along the way, we’ll traverse from montane forest to oak woodland and sagebrush steppe, enjoying the changing bird life as we go.

Woodpeckers of Wasco
  • June 12 – June 13, 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Black-backed Woodpecker by Scott Carpenter

NEW! Pacific Northwest Trip: Okanogan

Leader: Stefan Schlick

Escape the lingering pandemic and join Okanogan birding expert Stefan Schlick on this unique tour to the Okanogan. With its diverse habitats, it is the area in Washington State with the highest number of breeding bird species. The scenery is fabulous, even after last year’s wildfires. Boreal forest, pinelands, riparian, lush meadows, lakes and rivers, sagebrush steppe, the Okanogan has got it all! You will never forget this trip!

Okanogan
  • June 14 – June 20
Northern Waterthrush, 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!

Oak Island – Sauvie Island Wildlife Area
  • April 16, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. *FULL*
Canemah Bluff
  • April 16, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. *FULL*
Birding by Ear at Mt. Tabor
  • April 19, 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. *FULL*
Hopkins Demonstration Forest
  • April 25, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. *FULL*
Cooper Mountain Nature Park
  • April 30, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. *FULL*
Central Oregon
  • May 22 – May 24, 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. *FULL*
Rogue Valley – Southern Oregon Birding
  • May 25 – May 27, 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. *FULL*
Yakima
  • June 17 – June 20, 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. *FULL*