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Local Birding Information

Resources for local birders: Oregon Birding Hotspots, Rare Bird Alert, Swift Watch, Checklists

Osprey - Jim Cruce
Osprey - Jim Cruce

From seashore to mountains to high lava plains, Oregon’s diverse landscape provides habitat for an incredible array of birds — nearly 400 species can be found here throughout the year. Explore the Audubon Society of Portland's local birding information for ways to enjoy and learn about the birds around you.

Destinations and Resources
Find great birding spots across Oregon and in the Portland metropolitan area, and take a look at resources that can help you make the most of your birding experience.

Important Bird Areas
Audubon is working to protect some of the state’s most valuable bird habitat – and spectacular birding locales – by overseeing Oregon’s 97 Important Bird Areas. These habitat sites are crucial to our resident and visiting birds.

Rare Bird Alert
Your one-stop shop for rare bird sightings in Oregon. 

Swift Watch
Watch thousands of Vaux’s Swifts gather as they prepare to migrate south for the winter.

The Audubon Society of Portland's Birding Community
Volunteer to help Oregon’s birds, enjoy a class or outing, or stop in at Birders’ Night. Held on the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. in Heron Hall, Birders’ Night is a free gathering of local birders who share recent sightings, watch slideshows and join in discussion. Birders of all skill levels are welcome.

Iconic Oregon and Portland birds

Photos by Jim Cruce and Scott Carpenter.


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