Birdathon Teams 2019

You can join our guided trips with experienced group leaders, organize your own trip that others can join, or head out on your own to count independently. You can also participate simply by making a Birdathon donation!

Guided trips range from half-day trips to 3-day “Gonzo” trips. All trips are led by birding experts and are a great way to make new friends and connect with other bird lovers, from kids to adults, beginners to experts.

Whether you’re a beginner or a veteran, Portland Audubon has a Birdathon trip for you – and if you don’t see what you need, we’ll help you organize!

Questions? Feel free to contact Sarah Swanson, Birdathon Coordinator, at birdathon@audubonportland.org.

Half Day Trips

The Great Big Sit: Ali Berman and Trevor Attenberg
April 13 (Sun), 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Portland Audubon Communications Manager Ali Berman and birding-by-ear expert Trevor Attenberg welcome you to Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden. More than 2,500 plant species, including rare and hybrid rhododendrons, azaleas, shrubs, companion plants and unusual trees, line the pathways of the garden. Perfect for people with mobility issues and other disabilities as well as beginner birders and families, spend a leisurely morning in your lawn chair, sitting with your thermos amidst great company and relax as the birds come to you. 35–50 species frequent this idyllic setting! A minimum of $45 in pledges is requested.

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A Song in the Morning: Hailey Walls
May 7 (Tues), 7:50 a.m. – 9 a.m.

Spend the morning with Oregon Zoo Educator Hailey Walls 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. We will help you hear simple calls and trills and teach you to differentiate the complex songs of tanagers, grosbeaks and robins. Join this special “Birdathon Edition” of Portland Audubon’s spring Bird Song Walks. A Minimum of $45 in pledges is required.

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Jackson Bottom Ramblers: Steve Engel
June 1 (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.

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Millennial Falcons: Erin Cathcart
May 19 (Sun), 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Calling all young adult birders, photographers, and nature lovers aged 21 to 35! Join avian enthusiast Erin 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.

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Full-Day Trips

Soggy Bottom Birders: Ian Abraham and Tim Donner
May 3 (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.

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Mult Madness: Wink Gross and Andy Frank
May 5 (Sun), 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. 

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Handle-Barred Owls: Tara Lemezis and Kelsey Kuhnhausen
May 5 (Sun), 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Join Tara Lemezis and Kelsey Kuhnhausen for a bikes, birds, and beer adventure! We’ll start at Water Ave Coffee and cruise down the Springwater Corridor to Oaks Bottom where we’ll search for warblers, flycatchers, and other songbirds. From there, we’ll bike to Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden to bird amongst the more than 2,500 plant species. As we make our way north, we’ll stop for lunch at Portland Mercado before hitting up Mt Tabor Park in search of Western Tanagers, and Laurelhurst Park in hopes to find a Barred Owl! We’ll end the trip true to form: beers and dinner at Migration Brewing.

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Clackamas Creepers: Dan van den Broek
May 4 (Sat), 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Bird some lesser known Clackamas County sites with Portland Audubon educator and long-time local birder, Dan van den Broek. We will move at a pace that provides an opportunity to enjoy the birds and to discuss ID and basic information about the species we encounter. Plan to check out some of the best small Willamette floodplain wetlands for Cinnamon Teal, Great Egret, and shorebirds such as the Solitary Sandpiper. Wander through oak woodlands to look for migrating Warblers, Hutton’s Vireo, Flycatchers, White-breasted Nuthatch and Acorn Woodpecker. We will wind our way up to the foothills of the cascades to search for Western Bluebirds, Townsend’s Solitaire, and since this is around the time of migration, let’s hope to encounter something unexpected! A minimum of $50 in pledges is requested.

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Red-breasted Winesuckers: Stephanie Herman
May 25 (Sat), 7 a.m. – 2 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 half day of birding and camaraderie. We’ll first meet up at the Hillsboro Brookwood Public Library in Hillsboro where Stephanie Herman and April Brown will lead us in investigating the grounds. From there we will caravan, for a 40-mile loop which will include only two stops: Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve, then Killin Wetlands in Banks where we’ll enjoy a brown bag lunch, wine and review our birding successes before our birdathon ends. A minimum of $45 in pledges is requested. 

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Whittemore’s Whatzits: Laura Whittemore and Mark Fitzsimons
May 12 (Sun), 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Portland Audubon Instructor Laura Whittemore and 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.

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Retailed Hawks: Darlene Betat and Skip Russell
May 14 (Tue)
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Backyard Bird Shop, is a locally-owned retail company with a long tradition of supporting the Audubon Society of Portland.
Each year a group of Backyard Bird Shop employees come together as the Retailed Hawks in support of Portland Audubon’s mission. This year, our team will set out on a full day of birding, making our way from Portland to the Coast, then heading south to loop back home.

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Blue-crested Corvids: April Brown and Meg Ruby
May 18 (Sat), 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.

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Crow-Magnons: Joe Liebezeit and David Mandell
June 1 (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.

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Tequila Mockingbirds: Janet Drake, Nancy Mattson and McKenzie Joslin-Snyder
June 1 (Sat), 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. 

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Tour de Bird
June 2 (Sun), 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Pedal the 30-mile Banks-Vernonia “Rails to Trail” (out and back) with Portland Audubon staffers Erin Law (the expert) and Donna Wiench (the enthusiast). Birding as we ride, we will stop at pre-scouted spots to see who the morning offers for appreciation. A minimum of $300 in pledges is requested.

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Birds Untapped
June 8, (Sat), 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Join Teresa and Janelle Wicks as they bird the hotspots of the Crooked River Hwy from Prineville to the Prineville Reservoir, on an eagles and ales quest along the Crooked River. We will bird our way south on the highway, stopping at pull outs, trails, and campgrounds to look for eagles, rock and canyon wrens, ash-throated flycatcher, and white-throated swifts. We’ll finish up our day of birding with drinks at Ochoco Brewing, in Prineville.

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Freak Mountain Ramblers: Mary Coolidge and Candace Larson
June 9 (Sun), 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Join other LGBTQ+ birders as we visit various trails, lakeshores and vistas in on this all-day rainbow ramble across Mt. Hood. Mary Coolidge and Candace Larson, bird nerds and biologists with Portland Audubon, will be your guides, seeking early summer songbirds, raptors and waterbirds galore. Dress for changeable weather and be prepared to hike up to 6 miles. Carpooling from Sandy, Oregon. A minimum of $50 in pledges is requested.

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Gonzo Trips: 2+ days

Wild Turkeys: Mike Houck and Ron Carley
May 10-12 (Fri–Sun)

Join Mike HouckRon Carley, and other notorious birders for the ultimate gonzo Birdathon. This year the Turkeys begin birding the coast in Newport and will spend Friday night in Yachats. Saturday they head east with stops at Fern Ridge, Davis Lake and Fort Rock…then on to Klamath Falls for a Saturday night stay. Sunday is birding the Klamath Falls area and recrossing the Cascades to end the trip at Lower Table Rock. Potential highlights include Yellow Rail, Flammulated Owl, Oak Titmouse, and California Towhee. Transportation and lodging provided. A minimum of $700 in pledges is required.

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Owl Be Darned: Hailey Walls, Kalya McCurry and Christine Jervis
May 25–27 (Sat-Mon)

Join Hailey WallsKayla 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.

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Lagerhead Shrikes: Dan van den Broek and Mark Greenfield
May 30 – June 2 (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.

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