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Birding Destinations and Resources

Birding hotspots, trails and resources.

American Kestrel - Jim Cruce
An American Kestrel perches on a sign at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge - Jim Cruce

The Portland metropolitan region offers a rich array of birding opportunities in its many wildlife refuges and natural areas. Birders who want to go further afield can visit the state’s more remote birding hotspots or explore Oregon Birding Trails.

Portland Metro Destinations

Audubon Nature Sanctuary
Cooper Mountain Nature Park
Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden
Fernhill Wetlands
Jackson Bottom Wetlands
Mt. Tabor Park
Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge
Powell Butte Nature Park
Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge
Sauvie Island Wildlife Area

Smith and Bybee Lakes

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge
Whitaker Ponds Nature Park

State-wide Hotspots

Oregon birding hotspots: Get directions to and descriptions of 10 great places to birdwatch in Oregon.

In September and October, raptor enthusiasts should also visit Bonney Butte, located on the southeastern flanks of Mount Hood. The site is home to the largest known fall concentration of migrating raptors in Oregon.

Oregon Birding Trails

Basin and Range Birding Trail | Cascades Birding Trail | Klamath Basin Birding Trail | Oregon Coast Birding Trail | Willamette Valley Birding Trail

Oregon Birding Trails are your guide to viewing nearly 500 species of birds in spectacular landscapes ranging from sandy beaches to verdant forests, from desert playas to alpine meadows. Visit www.oregonbirdingtrails.org for more information, including downloadable guides for the four completed trails, or to learn more about plans for expanding the Oregon Birding Trail network.

Pick up a free copy of the printed versions of the Oregon Coast Birding Trail and Willamette Valley Birding Trail when you visit the Audubon Interpretive Center. Other Oregon Birding Trail maps are no longer available in printed form and must be downloaded from the above links.

If you have any questions regarding the Willamette Valley Birding Trail, or Oregon Birding Trails in general, please contact route committee chair Joel Geier at 541-745-5821 or joel.geier@peak.org.

Resources to Locate Accessible Trails and Natural Areas in Oregon

Access Trails: This site provides trail information in the Portland and Vancouver Metro Region to increase access to pertinent information on trails for people with disabilities.
Access Oregon: A guide to accessible outdoor recreation areas throughout the Oregon.

Birding Resources

Nature Store

Pileated Woodpecker - Scott Carpenter
Pileated Woodpecker - Scott Carpenter

The Audubon Society of Portland Nature Store features the best selection of binoculars and spotting scopes in Oregon and SW Washington, in addition to field guides, gifts, toys, backyard birding supplies and more.

Streaked Horned Lark Reporting

The current range of the threatened Streaked Horned Lark includes the Willamette Valley, Columbia River islands, Washington Coast, and South Puget Sound prairies. Help protect these birds - report sightings of Streaked Horned Larks with leg bands. Learn how to make a report.

Arrival Dates

Spring Arrival Dates for birds common to the Portland area, compiled by Adrian and Christopher Hinkle. (pdf)

Birding Links

Portland-area bird checklist
Oregon Birders Online
Patuxent Bird Identification Center
Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Oregon Birding Association

American Birding Association

Partners in Flight
Prescott Bluebird Recovery Project
The Bird Web
Official checklist of Oregon birds (2015)

ABA code of birding ethics
Birding Washington County
Portland Area Birds Forum

Environmental Protection

Forest Park Conservancy
Oregon League of Conservation Voters
Oregon Natural Desert Association

Oregon Wild
The Cascade Forest Conservancy
1000 Friends of Oregon
Friends of Mt Hood
Willamette Riverkeeper
Columbia Riverkeeper
Tualatin Riverkeeper
Xerces Society
Center for Biological Diversity
Columbia Slough Watershed Council
Columbia River Inter-tribal Fish Commission
Streamnet: fish data for the northwest
Elakha Alliance

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