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March 9 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Field Trip: Botany for Birders – An Introduction at Columbia Children’s Arboretum

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: Columbia Children’s Arboretum is a park with one of the most diverse tree populations in Portland and a pretty great place to find warblers and many other bird species. 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 talk about the tree features available in March and dig into the details of how we can differentiate between trees even when the most obvious features for identification are not available. 

Join us for the online portion of this field trip:

Botany for Birders: An Introduction with Ryan Gilpin
  • March 6, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
A Downy Woodpecker searches for insects on a tree.
Downy Woodpecker, photo by Hayley Crews

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.

Register!

Accessibility

Distance: approximately 1 mile
Elevation changes: very flat
Trail: paved in areas, packed dirt in areas, bridges, plan on going off trail to explore plants
Pacing: slow
Sun exposure: mostly shaded
Bathrooms: Portapottys available year-round
Parking: along muddy side of road on NE Meadow Ln – https://maps.app.goo.gl/z2Yhj8nCCfZoJpRq7
Public transit: The 6 Bus has two drops about a mile from the meeting location

Field Trip Details

    • Class: Saturday, March 9, 8:00 am – 10:00 am
    • Class fee: $45 members / $65 non-members
    • Join us for the online portion of this field trip:
      Botany for Birders: An Introduction with Ryan Gilpin
      • March 6, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Details

Date:
March 9
Time:
8:00 am - 10:00 am
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Organizer

Tara Lemezis
Email:
tlemezis@birdallianceoregon.org