Our bicycle Birdathon team is back! Join Adam Kinnard, Portland Audubon’s new Volunteer Coordinator, Youn Han, Community Programs Manager and Environmental Educator Abby VanLeuven on a birding-by-bike excursion. This excursion begins and ends at the Sauvie Island parking lot at the foot of the island bridge. Birding stops around the island provide many opportunities to spot birds along the bike route.
The 12.6 mile route is primarily flat with a couple of minor slopes, suitable for any level bicyclist and beginning birders. We will take a break along the route to picnic and enjoy the time outdoors.We hope to see you on this unique, human-powered, carbon neutral birding experience! A Minimum of $25 in pledges is requested.
Trip Date(s): Sunday, June 10, 2018
Meeting Time: 9 a.m. Estimated Return Time: 3 p.m.
Trip Rating and Physical Activity: Relaxed: We stop to enjoy the habitat and take time to enjoy good looks at common, as well as rare birds with the objective of everyone getting a chance to see the bird.
Riding Distance: 12.6 miles; Trip Duration: 6 hours. Greatest Elevation Gain: n/a; Sun Exposure: 90%; Walking and Trail Conditions: Easy: Little to no walking, minimal elevation change, and minimal hazards. Appropriate for the young and the elderly, participants with fair walking ability. Trails are generally in good condition with minimal hazards. Walks will include short ventures onto viewing platforms. Majority of trip will be on bike.
Maximum Number of Participants: 20
Your Leader Biography:
About your Leader, Adam Kinnard:
Adam Kinnard is a fledgling birder, just beginning to spread his wings and take to the skies. He first recognized a penchant for birding when he was living in Yosemite. He'd spend many lazy Spring afternoons sitting on his porch watching to see what birds would pass by. A geologist by training, Adam has taught environmental education in the Sierra Nevada, connecting youth to the outdoors. He is a new employee at Portland Audubon, and new to the Pacific Northwest! Other than bird-related fun, Adam loves rock climbing, dancing, backpacking, and reading fantasy.
About your Leader, Youn Han:
Youn’s love for wildlife and biking began in the suburbs of Colorado, where she spent many days racing neighborhood friends and obsessing over the local wildlife of the area. She is a budding birder with a strong teaching ability to empower other novice birders to make observations, connect with the natural world around them, and create a space for participants to connect with each other. Her parents are the inspiration for her emphasis on community with each other and the natural world; some of her strongest values come from her memories as a child as her parents always managed to take the time to create events with friends and family in the outdoor world. Youn has pursued her interests in natural history and other outdoor recreational activities across the country and landed in Audubon in April 2017.
About your Leader, Abby VanLeuven
Hailing from NE Portland, Abby grew up dabbling in many activities while exploring all of the Natural wonder of the PNW. She fondly remembers the early days of her biking career, relaxing on the back of her dads bike where she could observe the local flora and fauna with the rest of the VanLeuven flock. After upgrading to a 2 wheeler, she grew to love the freedom of the natural world and developed a keen curiosity for all things nature. Although her birding knowledge is just hatching, she is a veteran bird spotter. As a seasoned environmental educator, Abby has worked in many different states sharing her passion for connecting youth and adults alike to the natural world and was ecstatic to join the Audubon team in September.