Classes

Portland Audubon classes spark curiosity, foster a deeper understanding of the natural world, and inspire people to protect native wildlife and their habitat. Classes are open to people of all skill levels and abilities, with a focus on natural history, regional conservation issues, the intersection of art and the environment, and of course, birds and wildlife.

We offer experiences both in the online classroom and in the field, with classes on bird identification, birding by ear, butterflies and dragonflies, nature-inspired art, mushrooming, plants, and more. When you take a class with Portland Audubon, you are supporting our work to protect wildlife, wild places, and humans alike.

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Digital Classes

Join Portland Audubon’s expert naturalists and educators from the comfort of your own home. From waterfowl, birding hotspots, bird identification, to owls and more, our selection of digital classes will prep you for taking your newly learned skills out into the field. All digital classes run from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and recordings are sent out to registered participants after class.

Birding with Kindness with Faraaz Abdool
  • February 13, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Little Brown Birds: The Sparrows with John Rakestraw
  • February 27, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Little Brown Birds: Wrens, Finches, and Blackbirds with John Rakestraw
  • February 28, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Introduction to Herping: Reptiles and Amphibians of the Portland Area with John Rakestraw
  • March 14, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Exciting Spring Migrants with Brodie Cass Talbott
  • March 16, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Birding Oregon Hotspots: Portland Metro Area with John Rakestraw
  • March 21, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Birding Oregon Hotspots: Washington County Wetlands with John Rakestraw
  • March 27, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Beginning Birding By Ear: Birdsong Basics with Brodie Cass Talbott
  • April 5, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Flycatchers! with John Rakestraw
  • April 10, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Warblers! with John Rakestraw
  • April 11, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Beginning Birding By Ear: Tips and Tricks with Brodie Cass Talbott
  • April 12, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Beginning Birding By Ear: Backyard Favorites with Brodie Cass Talbott
  • April 17, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Spring Shorebird Migration with John Rakestraw
  • April 18, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Birds of the Coast with John Rakestraw
  • May 4, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Coming soon! Birds of the Forest with John Rakestraw
  • May 23, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Anna's Hummingbird, photo by Mick Thompson

Art Classes

We offer a range of *in-person and online art classes and more. Learn how to create beautiful bird journals, make nature-inspired art, and more!

Watercolor Painting with Ronna: The Northern Flicker
  • February 15, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. *online
Watercolor Painting with Ronna: The Wood Duck
  • February 18, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. *in-person
Bird Journals for Beginners and Beyond: Capturing Bird Basics with Jude Siegel
  • February 25, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. *in-person
Watercolor Painting with Ronna: The Barn Swallow
  • March 8, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. *online
 Bird Journals for Beginners and Beyond: Suggesting Birds and their Habitats with Jude Siegel
  • March 18, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. *in-person
Watercolor Painting with Ronna: The Pileated Woodpecker
  • March 25, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. *in-person
Watercolor Painting with Ronna: The Osprey
  • April 4, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. *online
Bird Journals for Beginners and Beyond: Quick Studies of Birds with Jude Siegel
  • April 8, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. *in-person
Watercolor Painting with Ronna: Our Yellow Warblers
  • April 29, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. *in-person
Dark-eyed Junco watercolor painting, by Ronna Fujisawa

Field Classes

There’s no better classroom than out in the field! Field classes are a great way to level up your birding skills, practice mushroom and plant identification and more. Expert teaching and camaraderie provided! Some field classes also have a digital class component.

Field Class: Nature Connection and Writing Workshop Series with Julia Waters

Coming soon!

Field Class: Patching Together: Smallscale Birding for Fun! with Erin Law

  • Location, date and time: (Your registration covers all three online classes and two of the three field trip dates.) 
  • Online classes: April 20, May 1, and May 17  from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 
  • Field days (choose two!):Fernhill Wetlands – Sunday, April 23, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    Kelley Point Park – Tuesday, May 2, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
    Powell Butte Nature Park – Sunday, May 21, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Coming soon!

Field Class: Forest Bathing for Birders with Tia Ho

  • Date and time: April 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 
Coming soon!

Field Class: Forest Therapy at Portland Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary with Andrea Kreiner

  • Date and time: May 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 

 

 


The New School of Birding

The New School of Birding with Candace Larson and Dan van den Broek is designed to build both birding skills and a deeper understanding of the ecology and biology of the birds all around us. Each module of this exciting, interactive program includes six virtual class sessions and three field trips, focusing on a different feature of bird biology, plus tips, tricks, and practice with field identification, all provided in a small class format through a combination of lecture, online quizzes, helpful handouts, live interaction with your instructors, and extensive field time.

The New School of Birding, Module 3: The Wonders of Migration
  • Online classes: Wednesdays: April 19, April 26, and May 3 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 
  • Field days: April 22, April 29, May 6 from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m./4:00 p.m. (depending on destination)
Western Tanager, photo by Tara Lemezis

Waitlisted In-Person Classes

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!

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Lazuli Bunting, photo by Scott Carpenter

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