Bird Song Walks

Join us every weekday in April and May for Bird Song Walks!

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.

Join us for birding in community on these free, 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 and wonder of birding by ear week by week.

Bird Song Walks are free and led by local Portland Audubon birders. All levels of birders are welcome at any of the listed sites. Beginner birders can exclusively join Bird Song for Newbies at Whitaker Ponds. RSVP below!


Bird Song for Newbies at Whitaker Ponds Nature Park
Time: 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Dates: April 3 through May 22
Leaders: Camelia Zollars, Tara Lemezis, and others


Camassia Nature Preserve
Time: 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Dates: April 3 through May 22
*Due to very limited parking, this walk is limited to 14 participants. If you are redirected to a waitlist inquiry form, that date is full. Please select another date. Thank you!
Leaders: Dan van den Broek and Lorin Wilkerson


Common Yellowthroat
Common Yellowthroat, photo by Scott Carpenter


Cooper Mountain Nature Park
Time: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Dates: April 4 through May 23
Leaders: Julian Hwa, Mary Ratcliff, and Audrey Bergsma



Mt. Tabor Park
Time: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Dates: April 5 through May 24
Leaders: Ross Barnes-Rickett, Brodie Cass Talbott, and others


Lazuli Bunting, photo by Scott Carpenter


April: Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge (April 6, April 13, April 20, April 27)
May: Council Crest Park (May 4, May 11, May 18)

Time: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Dates: April 6 through May 18
April Leaders: Jay Withgott, Ezra Cohen, and Joe Liebezeit
May Leaders: Jenny Jones and Jay Withgott



Kelley Point Park
Time: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Dates: April 7 through May 26
Leader: Erin Law


Wilson's Warbler, photo by Mick Thompson

Most Bird Song Walks begin at 7 a.m. and end at 9 a.m. Need to leave early? No problem! Bird Song Walks are casual and you can leave whenever you need to. Keep in mind you will have to navigate back without a leader.

What to Bring & How to RSVP

Be sure to dress properly for the weather. Spring mornings can be surprisingly chilly and wet. BYOB: Bring your own binoculars, if you have them. 

This year, we ask that you RSVP to let us know you are coming! 

For more information about Bird Song Walks, contact Public Programs & Partnership Specialist, Camelia Zollars, at