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June 15 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Accessible Birding Outing at Whitaker Ponds

Join Bird Alliance of Oregon for an accessible birding outing at Whitaker Ponds! All our favorite spring migrants will be back, from Western Tanagers to Violet-green Swallows. Together we’ll make our way through the natural area by foot or by wheelchair, observing and learning about birds, plants, and other wildlife.

This outing is reserved for people who identify as disabled, chronically ill, or neurodivergent and their family, friends or caregivers. Our accessible outings are made for and led by birders with disabilities. Beginning birders are welcome! Extra binoculars will be available.

Register: Click to Register. Limited to 12 participants.
Trip Leaders: Ali Berman & Tara Lemezis

Free – $25


We recognize that within the disability community, access needs vary and sometimes conflict. That’s why we’ll offer different opportunities throughout the year prioritizing different kinds of access needs. If this one doesn’t work for you, we hope the next one will. If you have any accessibility needs that aren’t covered below or have requests on what we should offer to meet your needs for future events, please reach out to trip leader Ali Berman at aberman@birdallianceoregon.org.

If you have any accessibility needs that aren’t covered below, please reach out to Ali Berman at aberman@birdallianceoregon.org.

Parking: Large parking lot
Public Transit: TriMet bus #75 makes a stop at the corner of NE 47th Avenue and Columbia Blvd and visitors can walk north from there to the park entrance.
Seating: None, but we will move slowly and can stop at any time.

Distance: From 1/4 to 1 mile. Total distance will depend on the needs of the group. Great access to nature can be seen within the first ⅛ of a mile.
Pacing: Slow, with frequent stops to view and listen for birds.
Elevation Changes: None
Trail Tread: Trails are flat, and typically 4-6 feet wide with gravel tread. There are two wooden ramps with gentle pitch down to the pond and the slough.
Bathrooms: There is one ADA-accessible portapotty at the site in the parking lot.


A photo of birders on a dock looking out at the wetlands. Two people are sitting on portable chairs and the participants are standing.
People birding at Whitaker Ponds, photo by Jess Columbo

Register for this accessible birding outing!

Be in community with other folks who identify as disabled, neurodivergent, and/or chronically ill as we search for waterfowl, songbirds and more!


Field Trip Details

Trip Leaders

Ali Berman (she/her) has been the Communications Manager at Bird Alliance of Oregon since 2015. She serves on the board of both Disabled Hikers and Portland Parks and Recreation. Ali loves birds, building community, and sharing her love of wildlife with others.

Tara Lemezis (she/her)

Chris Williams (he/him)


June 15
10:00 am - 11:30 am
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Free – $25


OR United States
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Free – $25


Tara Lemezis