A Song In The Morning
Spend the morning with Oregon Zoo Educator Hailey Walls, Portland Audubon Instructor Laura Whittemore, and Birdathon Coordinator Mark Fitzsimons at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge and work on an impressive list of residents and spring migrants - with possibly an accidental or two - by identifying their songs and calls! We'll search for all of our western warblers, flycatchers, vireos, and most other songbirds. Birders of all skill levels are welcome. We will help you hear simple calls and trills and teach you to differentiate the complex songs of tanagers, grosbeaks and robins. Join this special “Birdathon Edition” of Portland Audubon’s spring Bird Song Walks. A Minimum of $45 in pledges is required.
Trip Date(s): Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Meeting Time: 6:50 a.m. Estimated Return Time: 9 a.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: Up to 1 mile; Trip Duration: 2 hours; Greatest Elevation Gain: 120 ft.; Sun Exposure: 20%; 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. Trails may have rocks, roots or other hazards. Roads, asphalt paths, gravel and dirt trails.
Maximum Number of Participants: 12
Your Leader Biography:
About your Leader, Hailey Walls:
Hailey’s lifelong interest in nature and wildlife brought her to Oregon, where she earned her degree in biology at Lewis & Clark College. It was there, in Dr. Ken Clifton’s animal behavior class, that she first picked up a pair of binoculars, and she has been hooked on birding ever since. Hailey has participated in several Audubon classes and events over the past few years, including her favorite - Birdathon. When not looking for birds or studying up on songs and calls, Hailey can be found at the Oregon Zoo where she works with youth who are passionate about wildlife conservation. She spends her free time cooking elaborate meals, watching Star Trek, and hanging out with her dog.
About your Leader, Laura Whittemore:
Laura Whittemore caught the birding bug in 1987 as a summer intern at California's Point Reyes Bird Observatory (now Point Blue), a job that allowed her up-close and personal views of birds. After that summer, her favorite biology professor at Lewis and Clark College, Dr. Don MacKenzie, kept her birding on field trips all over the state, and taught her how to be patient with both birds and people. She first volunteered for Portland Audubon in 1991 in the Care Center, at the front desk, and in the nature store, and has now taught Beginning and Intermediate Birding, Beginning Waterfowl, and Birding by Ear for over 15 years. She has participated in Birdathon since 1999 and always enjoys getting out on a quest to help people see more birds.
About your Leader, Mark Fitzsimons:
Mark grew up on a farm on the eastern edge of the Great Plains in Minnesota where his fascination with birds began. His first mentor was his father, and field trips were family camping adventures across the Dakotas, Montana, and Canada. He graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in biology and later completed a graduate degree in science education. He has pursued his interest in birds and natural history as a naturalist, teacher, outdoor center director, program developer and Elderhostel/Road Scholar travel guide. His birding overlaps well with other passions that include Nordic skiing, canoeing, hiking and volunteer work for 2 local watershed councils. Mark has been Portland Audubon’s Birdathon Coordinator since 2013.