Join the Tequila Mockingbirds on a Nature Store Birdathon adventure! Nancy, Janet, McKenzie, and Nature Store volunteers will guide you along the western suburbs of Portland looking for fantastic birds. We will meet in Hillsboro and hit numerous birding hotspots throughout the area. Along with urban and suburban park landscapes, we will also be birding in some great wetland areas. Birds we expect to see include songbirds and sparrows, hawks, waterfowl, shorebirds, woodpeckers, and more! A minimum of $45 in pledges is requested.
Trip Date(s): Sunday, May 6th, 2018
Meeting Time: 7 a.m. Estimated Return Time: 2 p.m.
Trip Rating and Physical Activity: Moderate: We stop to study unusual species, but move at a quicker pace to identify as many species as possible.
Walking Distance: 2 - 3 miles; Trip Duration: 6 - 7 hours; Greatest Elevation Gain: none; Sun Exposure: 30%; Walking and Trail Conditions: Average: Walking 1 mile+, moderate grade, occasional steep sections or stairs. Up to 150 ft. Appropriate for participants with average walking ability. Average walking conditions. Little elevation gain. Some paths will be paved or graveled. Minimal trail hazards of rocks, roots, etc. Light to moderate pace appropriate for participants with fair walking ability.
Maximum # of participants: 20
Your Leader Biography:
About your Team Leader, Janet Drake:
Janet began birding about 5 years ago while living in Southeast Alaska. The amount and diversity of birds found throughout the Tongass National Forest’s Pacific Coast sparked her interest in the world of birds. Janet began working at the Audubon Society of Portland's Nature Store in the spring of 2017 and loves connecting people with birds and nature.
About your Team Leader, Nancy Mattson: Nancy has been the manager of the Nature Store since 2007. Born and raised in southern Nevada, Nancy left the Mojave Desert for the woods of the Pacific Northwest when she moved to Portland to attend Lewis & Clark College. For many years she was a piano tuner and technician, working with Reed College, Chamber Music Northwest and most of the lively nightclubs that made up Portland’s jazz music scene. Later, she managed a retail nursery specializing in wetland and pond plants. She is delighted to bring her retail skills to the Portland Audubon Nature Store, where she loves working with serious birders, backyard nature lovers and families exploring the Audubon sanctuary. Her home in southwest Portland lies within the conservation zone for Arnold Creek. With a pond and surrounding forest, there are frequent encounters with chipmunks, deer, waterfowl, songbirds and even the occasional coyote. Nancy loves to garden, hike, canoe and occasionally roller skate at Oaks Park.