Bird Song Walks

To our Portland Audubon community:

We hope you are all safe and healthy. As circumstances surrounding COVID-19 have evolved locally, Portland Audubon is following the governor’s recommendations for gatherings and will be cancelling all Bird Song walks in April. Cancelling group walks in nature is a difficult decision to make, but it is the socially responsible thing to do in order to best serve our community.

We encourage you to enjoy spring migration on your own! Solo birding, if you can, is a wonderful activity to do right now. Spending time in nature can help us as we practice social distancing. Portland Audubon will be sharing digital resources about migration in the near future to virtually assist you during an exciting, birdy time of the year!

Our hearts go out to all those in our own community and around the world who are being impacted by COVID-19. Thank you for your continued support of Portland Audubon. We wish you and your families a peaceful month.

Every April & May

There may be no greater joy in birding than listening to the dawn chorus of birdsong on a crisp spring morning. Each spring, Portland Audubon provides free Bird Song Walks every weekday in April and May led by local experts.

Join other birders, from young to old, beginner to expert, on these fun, guided walks through Portland’s best songbird habitat. Each location will have a weekly repeating walk so that participants can develop their birding by ear progressively with the arrival of new birds.

2020 Bird Song Walks

Monday

  • Tryon Creek State Natural Area
    Leaders: Rick & Stephanie Wagner

Tuesday

  • Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge (8 a.m.)
    Leaders Hailey Walls & others

Wednesday

  • Mt. Tabor Park
    Leaders: Meg Ruby, Em Scattaregia, Dan van den Broek & others

Thursday

  • Pittock Mansion
    Leaders: Wink Gross & Diana Byrne
  • Jackson Bottom Wetlands Education Center (April Only)
    Leader: Steve Engel
  • Rood Bridge (May Only)
    Leader: Steven Engel

Friday

  • Kelley Point Park
    Leaders: Erin Law & others
  • Camassia Natural Area
    Leaders: Dan van den Broek & others
  • Ivor Davies Park
    Leader: Joe Blowers
Lazuli Bunting, photo by Tara Lemezis.

Most Bird Song Walks begin at 7am and end at 9am. You can leave whenever you like. Bring binoculars and a field guide, if you have them. Be sure to dress properly for the weather. Spring mornings can be surprisingly chilly. This year, for the Spring Bird Song Walks only, we will post information about the walks on Meetup, but registration is not required

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 Educator & Ecotour Specialist, Erin Law, at 971-222-6119 or elaw@audubonportland.org.