Bird Song Walks

Bird Song Walks are Back!

Bird songs signal the coming of spring. Their sounds are ones of hopefulness, wonder, and curiosity. For decades, Portland Audubon has marked the spring season with weekly Bird Song Walks. We are delighted to share that after a two-year hiatus, we are bringing back these iconic walks in April and May! Bird Song Walks are free and led by local Portland Audubon birders. This year we will host a new walk, Bird Song for Beginners, at Whitaker Ponds Natural Area. All levels of birders are welcome at any of the other listed sites. 

The thrills of spring migration can turn an ordinary morning into something extraordinary. 

Join us for birding in community on these guided walks through the Portland Metro area’s songbird habitats. Every location will have a weekly repeating walk to highlight the progression of spring migration. Each week we will become familiar with the sights and sounds of our resident birds, winter stragglers, and some early migrants. As spring progresses, more migrant birds will come to greet us with their new and unfamiliar sounds. Birders will develop their skills of birding by ear week by week. Each week is entirely captivating, and everyone can’t wait to do it again!

 

2022 Bird Song Walks Schedule

Mondays
4/4/22- 5/23/22
7:00-9:00 a.m.
  • Ivor Davies Nature Park
    Leader: Joe Blowers
Tuesdays
4/5/22 -5/24/22
7:00-9:00 a.m.

 

  • Cooper Mountain Nature Park
    Leaders: Laura Whittemore & Mark Fitzsimons
Wednesdays
4/6/22- 5/25/22
7:00-9:00 a.m.

 

  • Mt. Tabor Park
    Leaders: Ross Barnes-Rickett, Karthik Murali, & others
Thursdays
4/7/22-5/26/22
7:00-9:00 a.m.
 
  • Canemah Bluff Nature Park
    Leaders: Dan van den Broek & Erik Bergman
Fridays
4/15/22- 5/27/22
7:30-9:30 a.m.
  • Whitaker Ponds Nature Park
    Leaders: Camelia Zollars, Tara Lemezis, & others
Lazuli Bunting, photo by Tara Lemezis

The majority of Bird Song Walks begin at 7am and end at 9am. Participants do not need to stay for the full walk, but can leave whenever they need to. Be sure to dress properly for the weather. Spring mornings can be surprisingly chilly. Bring binoculars, if you have them.

This year, registration is required and space is limited due to COVID-19 safety protocols.  

Registration and detailed descriptions for each Bird Song Walk can be found on the Meetup group.

You will find full descriptions of these Bird Song Walks including meeting locations on the Meetup group and on the Portland Audubon website. Go to trimet.org or call 503-238-RIDE (7433) for public transportation route information. 

For more information about Bird Song Walks, contact Public Programs & Partnership Specialist, Camelia Zollars, at czollars@audubonportland.org

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