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Join Portland Audubon Education staff Ian Abraham and Tim Donner for an exclusive tour of Greater Columbia River Basin wetlands. Stop at Smith and Bybee, Ridgefield and, if time allows, Steigerwald Lake NWR. Experience firsthand the mosaic of seasonal wetlands, permanent wetlands, grasslands, upland forests, riparian corridors, oak woodlands, and cropland that support thousands of waterfowl, songbirds, and raptors. Our goal is to ensure that everyone sees every bird and appreciates what we discover – we stop for evidence of bird activity, animal tracks, and anything else in nature that catches our eye! This is an ideal trip for people of all ages who appreciate birding in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. Transportation is provided. A Minimum of $75 in pledges is required.
Trip Date(s): Friday, May 11, 2018
Meeting Time: 9:00 a.m. Estimated Return Time: 4 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.
Walking Distance: 2-3; Trip Duration: 7; Greatest Elevation Gain: minimal; Sun Exposure: 50%; 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.
Maximum Number of Participants: 10
Your Leader Biography:
About your Leader, Ian Abraham:
Ian started at the Audubon Society of Portland in 2006 and has been teaching within the Portland Metropolitan area since 1999. Born and raised in Chicago, Il., he set out to work, teach, and educate in the informal outdoor setting provided by the riches of the Pacific Northwest. With an extended stop in Alaska and backcountry leadership work with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), in 1998 he moved to Portland. Ian holds a Masters of Art in Environment and Community through Antioch University and has taught for many outdoor education programs, including Multnomah Counties Outdoor School, Cascadia Wild, Wolftree Inc., Tryon Creek and the Oregon Zoo. Ian's focus is within the science and art of animal tracking as well as wilderness living skills.
About your Leader, Tim Donner:
Tim spent two years volunteering at Audubon’s Wildlife Care Center before joining the staff full time. He received his Bachelor’s in Environmental Studies at the University of Texas and spent the next three years working as a miner, doing restoration work and tree planting throughout the West. He spent five winters studying bison around Yellowstone National Park, where he built and lived in an igloo to stay warm. He has also surveyed for Marbled Murrelets in the Coast Range of Oregon and banded Burrowing Owls in Wyoming, living 20 miles from the closest town in a broken-down trailer with no electricity or water. Tim also was a trip leader for Cascadia Wild, teaching the public about wildlife surveys and animal tracking. When he isn’t in the woods climbing trees and crawling along game trails, he can be found on his touring bicycle, pedaling with no destination in mind.