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February 18 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Birding Day: Willamette Birding: Milwaukie to West Linn

Visit some lesser-known birding spots along the Willamette River, beginning at Milwaukie Bay Park where we walk along the waterfront searching for Yellow-rumped Warblers and Hermit Thrush feeding in the wax myrtles and Gadwall, Bufflehead, Short-billed and California Gulls feeding in the river.

We’ll explore the recently restored Boardman Wetland, complete with a raised metal boardwalk allowing close up views of Green-winged Teal and an every changing mix of ducks. We’ll explore Clackamette Park where a variety of wintering gulls can be found then we will end our trip at Clackamette Cove along the Clackamas River Trail where cormorants, mergansers, goldeneye and various ducks seek food and shelter and the adjacent habitat is home to various sparrow, and the occasional wintering Western Meadowlark. We’ll discuss some of the on-going conservation issues in these areas as well.

Birders of all experience levels are welcome. Make sure to bring lunch and dress for the weather. 


$65 – $85
Hermit Thrush perched on a branch with its feathers all fluffed up.
Hermit Thrush, photo by Mick Thompson


Elevation Changes: mostly flat with a few small hills
Distance: Driving: 6 miles Walking: 3-4 miles combinedTrail: Mostly paved paths and roads
Pacing: Slow to Moderate; many stops and scanning for water birds.
Rest Stops: There are a few benches.
Sun Exposure: sun to part shade, depending on the weather
Amenities: Milwaukie Bay and Clackamette Park have public restrooms.

Public Transit: N/A

Explore the Willamette River!

Visit four lesser-known birding spots along the Willamette River south of Portland with Dan van den Broek. Birders of all levels are welcome.


Trip Details

  • Leader: Dan van den Broek
  • Date and time: February 18, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Fee: $65 members / $85 non-members

  • Limited to 12 participants


February 18
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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