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2018 Teams and Trips

A listing of Birdathon 2018 Teams and Trips

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Birdathon 2018 Teams and Trips

Find a Half Day, Full Day, or Gonzo Trips (2 + days) that fits your schedule, and have fun while helping support the Audubon Society of Portland!

Half Day Trips:

Great Big Sit
April 28 (Sat), 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

The perfect Birdathon experience for beginners! Give your legs a rest and spend a leisurely morning in your lawn chair at Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden. Relax as birding experts help you identify the birds that come to you. 35–50 species frequent this idyllic setting! A minimum of $45 in pledges is requested.

A Song in the Morning: Hailey Walls, Laura Wittemore and Mark Fitzsimons
May 8 (Tues), 7 a.m. – 9 a.m.

Spend the morning with Oregon Zoo Educator Hailey Walls, Portland Audubon Instructor Laura Whittemore, and Birdathon Coordinator Mark Fitzsimons at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge and work on an impressive list of residents and spring migrants - with possibly an accidental or two - by identifying their songs and calls!  We'll search for all of our western warblers, flycatchers, vireos, and most other songbirds. Birders of all skill levels are welcome. Join this special “Birdathon Edition” of Portland Audubon’s spring Bird Song Walks. A Minimum of $45 in pledges is required.

Jackson Bottom Ramblers: Steve Engel
May 5 (Sat), 7 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Join Steve Engel, Hillsboro’s Nature Program Supervisor and former Portland Audubon staffer, for a morning at Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve, an Important Bird Area (IBA). Over 200 species of birds have been identified here, with over 150 expected annually. Bird its quiet, open waters, rolling meadows, and upland ash and fir woodlands. Watch for nesting eagle activity, and see what’s happening at the heron rookery. A minimum of $45 in pledges is requested.

Millennial Falcons: Erin Cathcart
May 27 (Sun), 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

Calling all young adult birders, photographers, and nature lovers aged 21 to 35! Join avian enthusiastErin Cathcart for a casual half day of birding at Fernhill Wetlands, a 700-acre birding hotspot in Forest Grove. All skill levels are welcome as we explore the restored wetlands for a wide variety of waterfowl, shorebirds, and raptors. Afterwards, join us for bird stories and brews at the nearby McMenamins Grand Lodge. A minimum of $45 in pledges is requested.

Full-Day Trips 

Mult Madness: Wink Gross
May 3 (Thurs), 6 a.m. – 7 p.m. 

Wink Gross and Andy Frank lead a tour of birding hotspots in Multnomah County. Begin at Vanport Wetlands, then catch migrants at Mt Tabor. Seek Pygmy Owl and solitaire at Larch Mountain, travel all the way to Eagle Creek for dipper, goldeneye, and possibly Harlequin Duck, finish up at Sauvie Island. Expect 95 to 110 species. This is an intensive trip with a lot of fast-paced walking. A minimum of $45 in pledges is requested.

Clackamas Creepers: Dan van den Broek
May 5 (Sat), 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

Bird Clackamas County with Portland Audubon Educator and birding expert Dan van den Broek. Check out some of the best Willamette floodplain wetlands for Cinnamon Teal, oak woodlands for migrating warblers and flycatchers, and the Cascade foothills for bluebird and solitaire. A minimum of $50 in pledges is requested.

Rockin' Auks: Ivan Phillipson
May 6 (Sun), 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Bird the beautiful Oregon Coast with Ivan Phillipsen, Portland Audubon instructor and ecotour leader. From Cannon Beach to Cape Meares, look for birds of both the sea and land. We’ll make numerous stops along the way to take short walks while keeping a moderate pace to enjoy the scenery, and tally as many bird species as we can! Transportation provided. A minimum of $100 in pledges is requested.

New Team! Tequila Mockingbirds: Janet Drake, Nancy Mattson and McKenzie Joslin-Snyder
May 6 (Sun), 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.
[Open to Nature Store Volunteers only] Join the Tequila Mockingbirds on a Nature Store Birdathon adventure! Nancy, Janet, McKenzie, and Nature Store volunteers will guide you along the western suburbs of Portland looking for fantastic birds. We will meet in Hillsboro and hit numerous birding hotspots throughout the area. Along with urban and suburban park landscapes, we will also be birding in some great wetland areas. Birds we expect to see include songbirds and sparrows, hawks, waterfowl, shorebirds, woodpeckers, and more! A minimum of $45 in pledges is requested. 

Portland Sneak Creepers: Micah Meskel
May 6 (Sun), 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Join Portland Audubon Conservation staffer, Micah Meskel, on a behind the scenes tour of some of the Portland Metro Area’s most important and endangered habitats. This trip will include a mix of destinations that Portland Audubon played a key role in preserving, as well as habitat that we are actively working to protect today. The tour will cover several sites in the metro area with a range of habitat types which should ensure a diversity of bird species seen. A minimum of $75 in pledges is requested.

Soggy Bottom Birders: Ian Abraham and Tim Donner
May 11 (Fri), 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Join Portland Audubon Education staffers Ian Abraham and Tim Donner for an exclusive tour of Greater Columbia River Basin wetlands. Stop at Smith and Bybee Lakes and Ridgefield NWR. An ideal trip for people of all ages who appreciate birding in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. Transportation provided. A minimum of $50 in pledges is requested.

The Murre the Merrier: Sarah Swanson and Max Smith
May 12 (Sat), 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. 

[Wait List only] Sarah Swanson and Max Smith, authors of Must-See Birds of the Pacific Northwest, lead this day-long trip beginning in Portland then heading to the coast. A minimum of $100 in pledges is requested.

Red-breasted Winesuckers: Lacy Campbell and Keia Booker
May 12 (Sat), 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

[Open to Wildlife Care Center Volunteers only] Join the Red-Breasted Winesuckers for this year’s Birdathon as we head out for a full day of fun and birding. Lacy Campbell and Keia Booker will guide you down the I-5 corridor in search of birds and fun. Our highlight will be a tour of Turtle Ridge Wildlife Center in Salem.

Whittemore’s Whatzits: Laura Whittemore and Mark Fitzsimons
May 13 (Sun), 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. 
Portland Audubon Instructor Laura Whittemore and Birdathon Coordinator Mark Fitzsimons team up again to offer a van trip through the mid-Willamette Valley, including stops at Finley and Ankeny NWR. Let’s see what awaits us as we search high and low for residents and migrants. Great trip for improving your field skills! Transportation provided. A minimum of $100 in pledges is required. 

New Team! Team Starlight: Tony Starlight
May 20 (Sun), 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
We’ll start the day on Sauvie island, hiking the 2.8 mile trail at Oak Island looking for local favorites like Savannah Sparrow, Tree Swallow, Bewick's Wren, Spotted Towhee and hopefully finding more elusive species like Lazuli Bunting. We'll wrap up the hike around 12 then head over to Tony Starlight’s home in Scappoose for a picnic and more casual birding. Tony lives in a floating home community on Multnomah Channel and will feed everyone a lunch in his communal picnic area. We can also pick up any missing species like Belted Kingfisher, woodpeckers or any birds floating down the channel. A minimum of $50 in pledges is requested.

New Team! Blue-crested Corvids: April Brown and Meg Ruby
May 20 (Sun), 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Join Meg Ruby and April Jacobosky Brown as they bird the avian specialties found in hotspots of the Columbia Confluence. We will bird the productive and diverse habitats of Steigerwald NWR and the Raptor friendly fields and warbler warrens of the Cottonwood gallery forests along the Columbia at Woodland Bottoms.  One last stop will be determined based on best chance for great birds! *What the explorers Lewis and Clark called Stellar Jays! A Minimum of $45 in pledges is required

Crow-Magnons: Joe Liebezeit and David Mandell
May 26 (Sat), 6 a.m. – 9 p.m. 

Explore the diverse habitats of Wasco County with Joe Liebezeit, Portland Audubon’s Avian Conservation Program Manager, and David Mandell, professional birding guide. We will search the Deschutes River for Yellow-breasted Chat and Ash-throated Flycatcher, explore the Wamic area pine-oak savanna, visit Pine Grove and Camas Prairie and add montane species to the mix as well. A minimum of $200 is requested.

Road Runners: Adam Kinnard, Youn Hann, and Abby VanLeuven
June 10 (Sun), 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Our bicycle Birdathon team is back! Join Adam Kinnard, Portland Audubon’s new Volunteer Coordinator, Youn Han, Community Programs Manager, and Environmental Educator Abby VanLeuven on a birding-by-bike excursion. This excursion begins and ends at the Sauvie Island parking lot at the foot of the island bridge. Birding stops around the island provide many opportunities to spot birds along the bike route. A minimum of $25 in pledges is required.


Gonzo Trips: 2+ days

Wild Turkeys:  Mike Houck and Ron Carley
May 18-20 (Fri–Sun)

Join Mike Houck, Ron Carley, and other notorious birders for the ultimate gonzo Birdathon. This year the Turkeys head north to Washington State with an itinerary that includes Walla Walla, McNary NWR, Potholes State Park, Yakima Canyon, Ellensburg. the beautiful White Pass area and Ocean Shores. Finish with the coast and end at Ridgefield NWR. Transportation and lodging provided. A minimum of $700 in pledges is required.

Owl Be Darned: Hailey Walls, Kalya McCurry and Christine Jervis
May 25–27 (Fri–Sun)

Join Hailey Walls, Kayla McCurry, and Christine Jervis, Oregon Zoo Educators, for a 3-day trip geared toward women birders. Start birding in the Portland area on Friday and gather Willamette Valley Species on the way south then East to Sisters and Bend to look for woodpeckers and camp the first night. Visit Klamath Marsh and Summer Lake on Saturday, then camp for the night at Cabin Lake, share a meal, and enjoy an evening of camaraderie while listening for nocturnal bird species. Visit Fort Rock on Sunday morning  for thrashers and other sagebrush species, before returning to Portland. A minimum of $300 in pledges is required.

Lagerhead Shrikes: Dan van den Broek and Mark Greenfield
June 1-3 (Fri–Sun) 

[Wait List only] Dan van den Broek and Mark Greenfield guide this 3-day trip to Medford, Klamath Falls, and the Bend/Sisters area. Our focus is on quality, not quantity, but we expect to see 100–150 species. Transportation and lodging provided. A minimum of $600 in pledges is requested.


Also find out how to create your own team — or just fly solo! To register, click here.

Thanks to everyone’s efforts, Birdathon raised over $200,000 last year. We hope you’ll help make Birdathon 2018 another fund-raising success as we keep growing and more folks get out there and COUNT because BIRDS COUNT!

Questions? Feel free to contact Mark Fitzsimons, Birdathon Coordinator, at birdathon@audubonportland.org.


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