The Bird Days of Summer

A drawing of a racially diverse group of people in nature by a wetlands with the sun in the background.
Art by Stacie Balkaran

See you this summer! Registration opens June 1!

Join Portland Audubon’s Education Team for The Bird Days of Summer, a series of super beginner-friendly programs for anyone curious about birds and nature. We’re combining community-building, exploration, and fun to create safe spaces for people to get to know each other as well as the birds. Binoculars will be provided (or bring your own!), and we’ll begin each program with a short “how-to” to help you get started.

All are welcome! Programs are “pay-what- you-can,” with a sliding scale of $0 to $25. Group sizes will be small, though, so advance registration is required

Portland Audubon Education builds just flyways between joy, learning and advocacy in nature. Through classes, trips,camps, public programs, and youth leadership, we expand access to the outdoors; amplify connections between birds, people and place; and create opportunities for people of all ages to love and care for nature in ways that are meaningful for them.

Policies and Info


July Events

Beginning Birdnoticing
July 5, 6-7:30 p.m. Birding is so much more than just “watching.” On these short, supportive absolute beginner walks, we will practice the quiet listening, observation, and reflection that allows us to deeply notice birds. *FULL*

Baby Bird Walks for the Whole Fam!
July 16, 10-11:30 a.m. Children of all ages and their adults are welcome on these easy nature strolls. There should be ducklings galore and other bird families to enjoy and learn about. Fun for the whole family!

Accessible Sunday Perch
July 17, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sit and sip while watching birds on this chill bird sit! There are all kinds of different ways we can watch and enjoy birds. Join Güero Bird Club and Portland Audubon for an evening of birding basics, a bird scavenger hunt, and birding by seat.

Birds and Bevvies
July 21, 6-8 p.m. Experience birding Topaz Farms on Sauvie Island! On these evenings for beginner bird watchers, we will have special access to explore areas of Topaz Farms typically not open to the public. We’ll end the night with a round of bird trivia, great drinks and farm food for purchase. *FULL*

Bikes & Birds
July 23, 7:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Grab your bikes and join us for relaxing rides that take you through some of Portland’s most beautiful wetlands. We will be biking at a birders’ (read: SLOW) pace that will allow us all to see and enjoy.

Baby Bird Walks for the Whole Fam!
July 26, 10-11:30 a.m. Children of all ages and their adults are welcome on these easy nature strolls. There should be ducklings galore and other bird families to enjoy and learn about. Fun for the whole family! *FULL*

Intro to Dragonflies
July 29, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Enter the wonderful world of dragonfly-watching on this beginner walk at one of the area’s richest dragonfly hotspots!

Photo by Thomas Teal

August Events

Birds and Bevvies
August 4, 6-8 p.m. Experience birding Topaz Farms on Sauvie Island! On these evenings for beginner bird watchers, we will have special access to explore areas of Topaz Farms typically not open to the public. We’ll end the night with a round of bird trivia, great drinks and farm food for purchase.

Beginning Birdnoticing
August 5, 6-7:30 p.m. Birding is so much more than just “watching.” On these short, supportive absolute beginner walks, we will practice the quiet listening, observation, and reflection that allows us to deeply notice birds.

BIPOC Fly Fits Walk
August 6, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. This event is reserved for adults who are a part of the BIPOC community. Show up in your flyest bird themed fits wearing your favorite bird tees, socks, hats, accessories – whatever you’ve got! All who attend will receive a special gift from Bird Collective to add to their bird gear collection. Register for this event through POCO’s Meetup Page. 

Baby Bird Walks for the Whole Fam!
August 13, 10-11:30 a.m. Children of all ages and their adults are welcome on these easy nature strolls. There should be ducklings galore and other bird families to enjoy and learn about. Fun for the whole family!

Flower Dyeing in the Forest
August 13, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Try out flower dyeing in this laid back and beginner friendly class. Together we’ll explore the creative possibilities of printing with plants known as “bundle dyeing” and more! 

Accessible Sunday Perch
August 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sit and sip while watching birds on this chill bird sit! There are all kinds of different ways we can watch and enjoy birds. Join Güero Bird Club and Portland Audubon for an evening of birding basics, a bird scavenger hunt, and birding by seat.

Baby Bird Walks for the Whole Fam!
August 16, 10-11:30 a.m. Children of all ages and their adults are welcome on these easy nature strolls. There should be ducklings galore and other bird families to enjoy and learn about. Fun for the whole family!

Dusk Bat Walk
August 18, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Come to Mt. Tabor to enjoy the other flying animals we share our city with. In this introduction to bats, we’ll explore the basics of bats, which species we have here in Portland, and even try our hand at identifying bats in flight with the help of a Bat Detector. *FULL*

Bikes & Birds
August 26, 7:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Grab your bikes and join us for relaxing rides that take you through some of Portland’s most beautiful wetlands. We will be biking at a birders’ (read: SLOW) pace that will allow us all to see and enjoy.

 

Biking and Birding the Slough, photo by Tara Lemezis