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June 12 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Bird Days of Summer: Beginning Birdnoticing *FULL*

Birding is so much more than birdwatching, it’s also birdlistening and birdobserving. On this short, Beginning Birdnoticing field trip to Whitaker Ponds, we’ll pay attention to bird language, adaptations, behavior, and more. 

These unique, meditative, and grounding walks, inspired by author of How To Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy, Jenny Odell, will give us permission to stay quiet, taking the time to pay attention to the birds around us, really examining their behavior, their plumage, and what makes them so special. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know what kind of bird you’re seeing. The simple practice of paying attention to birds is a great place to start if you’re bird-curious but don’t know where to begin.

The pace of this field trip is slow & relaxed and will focus on taking our time to deeply notice birds and other wildlife in their natural habitat.

The best access to Whitaker Ponds Nature Park is from the entrance at 7040 NE 47 Avenue, a ¼ mile north of Columbia Blvd. 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. Bike racks are located inside the entrance near the west pond. We’ll meet near the gazebo.


Distance: 1 mile ( For complete site description, visit the birdability page.)
Elevation Changes: none
Trail Tread and Width: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.
Exposure: Full in in some parts, shade in others
Pacing: Slow, with frequent stops to view and listen for birds.
There is one ADA accessible portapotty at the site.
Public Transit: TriMet bus #75
Rest Stops: None, but we will move slowly


Join Bird Alliance of Oregon’s Education and Conservation Team for The Bird Days of Summer, a series of super beginner-friendly programs for anyone curious about birds in nature. We’re combining community-building, exploration, and fun to create safe spaces for people to get to know each other as well as the birds. Binoculars will be provided, and we’ll begin each program with a short “how-to” to help you get started.


The Bird Days of Summer Field Trip Details


June 12
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Tara Lemezis