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Look Out for Birds

Oct 22, 2019 08:46PM ● By Kirsten Klug
There are so many times that nature communicates in the wildest of ways. The other day my daughter and I were in our car coming up a steep hill when a big owl locked eyes with us and just paused right in front of our car. It then swooped out of the way. My daughter and I at first jumped and then talked about what a cool experience that was. We both felt the owl was saying to stay on path, stay focused on where you are heading.
This message is important to me as I launch the magazine and website and important to my daughter as she goes into the state XC meet this weekend.

How have you been up and close with nature and been inspired by what it has to say? Here are some great places to go and look for birds in nature around Multnomah and Clackamas County:

1. Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge - 160 acres in Tualatin
2. Audubon Society of Portland - 5151 NW Cornell Rd., PDX OR 97210
3. Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge - 140 acres in SE Portland
4. Smith & Bybee Wetlands Natural Area - 205 acres in N Portland
5. Mary S. Young State Park in West Linn
6. Powell Butte in Outer SE Portland Main entrance at 162nd & Powell
7. Mt. Tabor Park in SE Portland

All of these are accessible by foot and have parking areas. Some have educational activities and live bird showcases on certain days so look at their websites. You can see a lot of blue herons at Oaks Bottom or enjoy a wide variety of specie sightings on the wildlife viewing platforms at Smith & Bybee Wetlands. 

There are a variety of birdwatching groups in the Portland area, for more information send an email to [email protected] to get on our email subscription list and receive notices when events are planned. 

Bring gear for viewing birds: Binoculars, hiking boots, a sun hat, sunglasses, layered clothing, and a bird identifier book or sketch pad.