Sarah Swanson and Max Smith, authors of Must-See Birds of the Pacific Northwest, lead this day-long dash from Portland to the coast with the goal of finding over 100 bird species. The team will bird in shady forests, coastal wetlands and rocky headlands to find target birds like American Dippers, Wrentits, and Black Oystercatchers. We’ll keep our itinerary flexible so we can go wherever the birding is best. Max and Sarah will share ID tips and fascinating facts about the birds we find. Birders of all abilities are welcome! Transportation by van will be provided and all participants must ride in the van with the team for purposes of camaraderie and logistics. A minimum pledge of $75 is required.
Trip Date(s): Saturday, May 12, 2018
Meeting Time: 7 a.m. Estimated Return Time: 8 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: 1-2 miles tops, broken up into short walks; Trip Duration: 13 hours; Greatest Elevation Gain: 100’; Sun Exposure: 80%; 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. A mix of paved and gravel paths with some walking on dry sand as well. Trails may have rocks, roots or other hazards.
Maximum Number of Participants: 11
Your Leader Biography:
About your Leader, Sarah Swanson:
Sarah started birding as a kid when she took a class about birds and was instantly smitten. She was soon persuading her parents to take her on weekend outings to Sauvie Island and Portland Audubon in search of more birds. As a grad student she began birding regularly and did research on birds in Forest Park. She enjoys giving presentations in connection with the book she co-wrote, Must-see Birds of the Pacific NW. Sarah volunteers as a bird walk leader and Swiftwatch volunteer coordinator for Audubon. This is her 11th year leading a Birdathon team with her husband and co-author, Max Smith.
About your Leader, Max Smith:
Max began birding as a student at the University of Montana where he was inspired to study birds by two professors in the Biology department that hosted their own birding television shows. His first mentor was his uncle who was followed by many professors, teaching assistants, crew leaders, and friends who helped him develop birding skills in the field. He has led field trips and kids’ camps for the Audubon Society of Portland and worked as a wildlife monitor for Metro. He is currently is a stream ecologist for the U.S. Forest Service. Max has written several papers about breeding biology of birds that have been published in scientific journals and government reports and he co-authored Must-see Birds of the Pacific Northwest, which was published by Timber Press in 2013. He has co-led Birdathon teams since 2007.