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May 19 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Field Trip: Botany for Birders – Flowering Trees on Mt. Tabor

Have you ever struggled to describe which tree a bird is in? Have you ever struggled to identify a tree making it difficult to know how to manage it? Join local arborist, ecologist and birder Ryan Gilpin for a series of online and field classes designed to help birders more confidently navigate the plant world. Ryan will focus on observing specific characteristics of trees to gather more information. This information can be used to assign a name to a plant, but the goals of the workshop are more about observing and describing than naming. 

Field Trip: Mt Tabor is the most frequently birded park in Portland and has some great trees. If the birds are out and active, we will bird the park and practice using as specific of language as possible to describe where we are seeing the birds and how they are interacting with the plants around them. If the birds are quiet, we will find flowering trees and dig into the details of how we can differentiate between their flowers. Flowers are often not around for very long and the timing is very important when identifying trees by their flowers.

Join us for the online portion of this field trip:


Anna's Hummingbird feeds on a red flowering currant
Anna's Hummingbird, photo by Tara Lemezis

Join us for the Botany for Birders Series!

Through coupled classroom and field sessions Ryan will help you increase your ability to describe plants and connect to the natural world around you. Field sessions will be dynamic birding sessions in places with interesting trees.



Distance: Up to 3 miles
Elevation: 300 ft. (up & down)
Trail Tread and Width: Mostly paved road, paved trail, single track packed dirt/gravel, some steep stairs.
Pacing: Slow with frequent stops
Amenities: Two restrooms on site. Street parking available on SE park Dr. and nearby neighborhood.
Public Transportation: Tri-met #15 to 69th and Yamhill (.25 miles)


Field Trip Details

    • Class: Saturday, May 19, 8:00 am – 10:00 am
    • Class fee: $45 members / $65 non-member


May 19
8:00 am - 10:00 am
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Tara Lemezis