by John Rakestraw
A guide to the best birding sites in Oregon
Released by Globe Pequot Press in 2007, Birding Oregon tells you where to find the best birding throughout the state. All of Oregon birding’s “greatest hits” are here, along with a few gems you won’t read about anywhere else.
To be included in the book, all of the sites had to meet three criteria.
1. The site must be on public land, or on land accessible to the birding public. Trespassing is not OK, even for birders.
2. The site must be accessible in a normal passenger car. Nothing spoils a birding trip faster than a punctured oil pan or a broken axle. If I can’t get there in my Geo Metro, I don’t list it.
3. The site must provide consistently good birding, year after year. Good birds can show up anywhere on occasion. But if your time is limited, you want to visit sites that offer the best birding on a regular basis.
In addition to the site guides, Birding Oregon includes:
A checklist of 505 species of birds and their seasonal abundance
Contact information for federal and state agencies, conservation and birding organizations, birding trails, and guide services