Team is Full
Beginning Birding and Birding by Ear instructor Laura Whittemore and Birdathon Coordinator Mark Fitzsimons will be your guides on a tour of two Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuges: Finley and Ankeny. We will travel together by van on a full-day trip and balance the quest for species and need to cover ground with opportunities to observe and enjoy the birds we see. We anticipate approximately 85 species. A minimum of $100 in pledges is requested.
Trip Date(s): Sunday, May 13, 2018
Meeting Time: 7:00 a.m. Estimated Return Time: 6 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: Less than 5 miles, broken up over several stops.; Trip Duration: Full day. 7am to 6pm; Greatest Elevation Gain: None expected; Sun Exposure: 50% or more; 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. Gravel, dirt, paved paths expected. No scrambling over roots and boulders. We will be getting in and out of the van multiple times during the day. We provide a footstool and assistance while entering and exiting the van.
Maximum Number of Participants: 12
Your Leader Biography:
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 & 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 with 2 local watershed councils. Mark has been Portland Audubon’s Birdathon Coordinator since 2013.