Jackson Bottom Ramblers
Join Steve Engel, Hillsboro's Nature Program Supervisor and Audubon Society of Portland's former staffer, for a morning at Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve. Designated an "Important Bird Area" (IBA,) over 150 species of birds are expected annually. We'll bird its quiet open waters, rolling meadows, upland ash and fir woodlands, watch for nesting eagle activity and see what's happening at the heron rookery. A Minimum of $45 in pledges is requested.
Trip Date: Saturday, May 5, 2018
Meeting Time: 7:00 a.m. Estimated Return Time: 12 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: up to 4 miles; Trip Duration: 5 hours; Greatest Elevation Gain: none; Sun Exposure: 90%; 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. Flat, wide trails.
Maximum Number of Participants: 12
Your Leader Biography:
About your Leader, Steve Engel:
Steve Engel started birding in 1985 on a field study in Pt Reyes. He watched color-banded sparrows, wrentits, towhees and jays, then followed them to their nests and banded their babies before they fledged. He learned that bird activity is never random; they are always up to something having to do with their survival and procreation. Steve's mentors and teachers have included Steve Herman, Steve Howell, Geoff Guepel, Dave DeSante, Steve Hoffman, Carole Hallett, Joe Drennan, and David Ferrera. He studied natural history for a year in college and hawk watched at the Goshute Mtns in Nevada for 6 years. He has taken numerous birding boat trips in Alaska, Mexico, Antarctica, and Northern Europe and teaches hawk I.D.