Portland Audubon Adult Program Activities and COVID-19

Updated April 24, 2020, 4:31 p.m.

Public Health — The World Health Organization has recently declared COVID-19 a pandemic, and on March 8, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown declared a state of emergency related to the COVID-19 outbreak. Our thoughts are with the individuals and families who have already been affected. In light of recent developments, we are taking a series of precautionary measures to protect the most vulnerable members of our community. We would like to encourage everyone to remain calm throughout this time and to stay abreast of the latest recommendations from health officials. (Resources are listed at the end of this document.)

We are announcing the following modifications to our upcoming activities. Please note this policy is changing rapidly in response to evolving conditions and will be updated as needed. Contact information for the relevant staff are listed below each activity if you have further questions or concerns.

For All Activities

  • Please stay home if you are not feeling well.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or tissue and wash your hands immediately afterward.
    Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly for a minimum of 20 seconds with soap and water. If no soap is available, use a hand sanitizer of at least 60% alcohol content.
  • Avoid touching your face with unclean hands.

A Note Regarding Higher Risk Populations

  • Please note that the CDC has highlighted certain groups, including older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions, are at greater risk for COVID-19. More details can be found here.
  • Our participants’ health and safety is our number one concern. We encourage every participant to read recommendations closely and make appropriate choices for your particular situation.
  • If a program between April 1 and May 31 is continuing as planned, but you deem it appropriate to withdraw due to health concerns related to COVID-19, please contact the coordinator listed below. Whenever possible, we will work with you to provide a full credit for your program to apply to future programs.
  • If Portland Audubon decides to cancel or postpone a program due to COVID-19, the program coordinator will contact participants directly about the next steps. More information about our current policy regarding each program can be found below.

Modified Activities

Ecotours

  • Portland Audubon is currently evaluating the implications of the COVID-19 outbreak on our upcoming ecotours. We are monitoring the situation closely, and will make decisions in accordance with the most up-to-date travel recommendations provided by the CDC and local health officials.
  • For international trips, we will postpone any trips that have been classified by the CDC as Level 3 or higher risk for COVID-19 (more information can be found here). In addition, if a significant number of participants opt to cancel their booking, Portland Audubon may determine it best to postpone a trip.
  • We will communicate directly with participants about how activities may be impacted for each trip. Registered participants with specific concerns can contact Erin Law.

Contact: Erin Law, Educator & Ecotour Specialist | elaw@audubonportland.org

For a list of popular birding destinations that you may wish to visit on your own, please visit our destinations page.

Contact: Emily Pinkowitz, Education Director | epinkowitz@audubonportland.org

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Again, we encourage everyone to keep informed of developments, as this situation is rapidly evolving. Portland Audubon will continue to follow and adhere to recommendations issued by the CDC and/or Public Health — Multnomah County. General inquiries can be made at info@audubonportland.org.

Additional Resources

Public Health — Multnomah County Information COVID 19
Public Health — Multnomah County COVID-19 Daily Situation Reports
Oregon Health Authority — COVID 19 Information
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID 19 Information
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID 19 Travel FAQ