Early Morning Bird Walks

If you want to take a short break from the meetings and get out for a few hours to do some local birding, here is your chance!  We will be doing morning bird walks each morning of the conference.

All trips leave from the lobby of the Hilton Hotel at 0630, and will return by 11 AM at the latest.  Trips are free and open on a first come-first-served basis.  Transportation will be a large van, and group size is limited to 12 people per trip. Sign-up sheets will be located at the AOU reception desk when you check in on Monday.

All participants will be asked to sign a waiver releasing the AOU and Portland Audubon from responsibility for injuries or accidents associated with the field trips. 

Locations and trip leaders are as follows:

Tuesday, 5 August.  Ridgefield Refuge.  This National Wildlife Refuge is located just across the Columbia River from Portland and includes a variety of wetland and upland habitats. Managed primarily for waterfowl it is also home to many other local species and seasonal migrants.

Trip Leader: Al Larrabee, Vancouver Audubon.

Wednesday, 6 August.   Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge.  Tualatin River NWR is a new refuge on the southwest edge of the Portland metro area.  Begun in the early 1990's, the refuge has acquired about 1300 of the projected 3000 acres so far.  The trail system was opened in June 2006, and the visitor center opened in June 2008.  Wildlife has returned in abundance to an area that was a dairy farm a decade ago.  The refuge has a loop trail of about 2 miles that passes pond, riparian, woods, and open water areas.  Education is an explicit part of the charter of the refuge.

Trip Leader: Paul Sullivan, Portland Audubon

Thursday, 7 August.  Sauvie Island.   This large island in the Columbia River is located just a few miles NW of Portland and includes a mixture of farmlands and natural habitats along sloughs, ponds and some large lakes. Nesting birds include waterfowl, bald eagles, herons, and most of the upland species that occur in riparian habitats in western Oregon. Early migrants are possible.

Trip Leader: Dan van den Broek, Portland Audubon.

Friday, 8 August.  Smith and Bybee Lakes Wildlife Area.     Located near the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers in north Portland, this greenspace is one of the largest urban freshwater wetlands.  It is almost 2000 acres and includes a mixture of riparian forest wetlands and open water.

Trip Leader: Dan van den Broek, Portland Audubon.