Bewick's Wren singing

Why Do Birds Sing in Fall?

Most birdsong is in the spring, as birds define their territory and try to attract mates. So why is this Bewick’s Wren singing now, in October, when it won’t nest again until April?

Read Post
Roseate Spoonbill

Deepening Our Commitment to Sustainable Travel: Carbon Offsets and So Much More

As of July 2023, every Bird Alliance of Oregon trip will include carbon offsets as a member of the Sustainable Travel International. The program also works alongside local communities, engaging travelers, businesses, and policy-makers in responsible practices. Through this work, they aim to combat climate change and empower communities to preserve destinations around the globe.

Read Post
Two dogs on the beach disturbing a nesting Snowy Plover

Coastal Birds Face a Growing Threat: Wildlife Disturbance

Vulnerable birds, like threatened Snowy Plovers, that use our coastline have evolved over thousands of years to deal with the hazards of near-constant wind, rip tides and storm surges, hot and cold weather, and predators stealing eggs and young. Only in the last century have they had to deal with a high volume of people recreating directly within their nesting areas.

Read Post
American Dipper

Dippers Who Don’t Dip

Scientists have been pondering dipping for some time. Some species will bob, like a Rock Wren, or teeter, like a Spotted Sandpiper, but nothing dips quite like a dipper—not even some dippers. There are five species of dipper in the world, and two, the South American species, don’t dip. They are also the only ones that don’t habitually forage underwater.

Read Post
A Tufted Coquette, a tiny and brilliant orange and green hummingbird is sipping nectar from a magenta flower.

The Nature of Being

Why must there be a deeper connection? At this pivotal moment in time, there cannot be too many environmental stewards. Those who speak for nature can theoretically include every one of us, and this is what passively observing nature induces. Specifically, this practice of being in nature encourages the observer to see beauty and commonality in all things.

Read Post
Group of people on pathway in forest with dusk sunlight filtering through the trees

New Free Outings!

This spring, Adult Education’s free Outings program is getting a fresh update! We have heard from many Outings participants and leaders that you wanted a change, and that feedback has birthed Bird Alliance of Oregon’s new, free, Standing Outings, offered once every month using a lottery-based registration.

Read Post
Black-capped Chickadee puffed up and perched on white branch with snow in the background.

Winter Warm-ups!

Many birds migrate away from the colder regions in winter, but our friends spending the season here have myriad creative adaptations for staying warm.

Read Post