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May 31 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Birding Day: Hood to the Hook *FULL*

Hood River County may be small, but boasts the broadest range of elevation of any in the state. On this full day, self-driving trip, we’ll traverse Highway 35, starting above 4,000 feet in search of MacGillivray’s Warblers, Olive-sided Flycatchers, and Canada Jays. We’ll slowly descend in elevation, checking for Harlequin Ducks and American Dippers along the Hood River, before exploring the Columbia River hotspots in the Hood River area looking for Caspian Terns, Spotted Sandpipers, and late migrant waterfowl. 

Bring a lunch, and come dressed for a variety of weather. Carpooling is encouraged. Exact route and hotspots may be impacted by remaining snowpack. This trip requires a PNW Forest Pass

A Caspian Tern stands on the beach with its beak wide open.
Caspian Tern, photo by Mick Thompson

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Explore the rich and varied habitats of Hood River County, from the high subalpine forest to the Columbia River, in search of warblers, woodpeckers, and water birds.



Distance: Several hikes of up to one to two miles. Not recommended for people with mobility challenges.
Elevation changes: Up to a few hundred feet per hike, depending on exact route. Participants should expect some amount of active hiking.
Trail:  Expect a variety of substrates including single track trails with rocks and exposed roots, and open sand.
Pacing: Generally slow, but we may try to hike at a moderate pace in some forested sections if we need to reach certain areas.
Rest Stops: Several throughout the day.
Sun Exposure: Partial in the morning, complete in the afternoon. Ample sun protection recommended.
Amenities (bathrooms and parking): We will aim for a bathroom break every two hours, but formal facilities are limited. PNW Forest Passes required.
Public transit: None.

Trip Details

  • Leader: Brodie Cass Talbott
  • Fee: $65 members / $85 non-members

  • Limited to 10 participants


May 31
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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