sanderling 7Shorebirds!

Late summer is the time to study shorebirds. I am offering several opportunities to get to know these long-distance migrants.

Audubon Society of Portland
August 19, 7:00 – 9:00 pm; Class
August 20, 7:00 am – 5:00 pm; Coastal Field Trip
August 27, 8:00 am – noon; Local Field Trip

This class provides a more detailed study of both coastal and valley species. Participants may sign up for one or both of the field trips. The coast trip will be by van, and will cover various sites from Seaside to Astoria. The local trip will be by car pool, and will visit sites close to Portland. For registration information, click here

Jackson Bottom Wetland Education Center
Hillsboro Parks and Recreation
September 24, 10:00 – 1:00

This class provides an introduction to the common shorebirds that nest or migrate through the Willamette Valley. The classroom session is followed by a walk through Jackson Bottom Wetland. For registration information, click here.

ring-billed and mewGulls

Audubon Society of Portland
November 4, 7-9 pm Class
November 5, Field Trip to Coast

Early winter is prime time for numbers and diversity of gulls in Oregon. Join us as we learn to recognize the various species by shape and pattern, sorting through the various age classes, and taking the mystery out of this potentially confusing group of birds. A trip to the coast will give us first-hand experience with these birds. For registration information, click here.

eurasian sideWinter Waterfowl

Jackson Bottom Wetland Education Center
Hillsboro Parks and Recreation
November 19, 10:00 – 1:00

The Willamette Valley is the winter home to hundreds of thousands of ducks, geese, and swans. This class will provide you with an introduction to the many waterfowl species found here. Then we will walk through Jackson Bottom, one of the valley’s premier waterfowl hotspots. For registration information, click here.