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December 16, 2022 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Bird Alliance of Oregon Birding Day: Columbia County Bottomlands with Brodie Cass Talbott *1 spot left*

Columbia County still possesses some of the marshy bottomlands that have been developed in neighboring Multnomah County, providing fun winter birding opportunities.

Join Brodie as we explore the Crown Zellerbach Trail, enjoying the many species that winter in this area, including Sandhill Cranes, abundant waterfowl, raptors, and sparrows. We’ll continue further downriver to St. Helens, where we’ll visit a patchwork of habitats along the Columbia River, looking for gulls, loons, Black Phoebe, and White-breasted Nuthatch.

This day trip will involve up to 4 miles of walking on mostly flat terrain.

Meeting location will be emailed to you by your leader several days before the field trip.


$65 – $85

Rest Stops: We will have rest stops between walks – our second area will be about 20 minutes by car from the first
Sun Exposure: Partial
Amenities (bathrooms and parking): Portapotties will be available at the first stop, gas stations will be available along the drive
Public transit: None


Distance: At least two walks of up to two miles each, up to four miles total
Elevation changes: Mostly flat, except for one small hill at the end
Trail: Mostly wide, paved surfaces, with one short walk on single-track packed earth
Pacing: Slow

Sandhill Cranes and Cackling Geese stand in a winter field.
Sandhill Cranes, photo by Tara Lemezis

Explore the Columbia County Bottomlands!

With its proximity to the river, Columbia County is famous for waterfowl and raptors. We’ll look for swans, unusual geese, interesting sparrows, and whatever else pops up.


Trip Details

  • Leader: Brodie Cass Talbott
  • Date and time: December 16, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Fee: $65 members / $85 non-members

  • Limited to 12 participants


December 16, 2022
8:00 am - 1:00 pm
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