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April 20 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Field Trip: Botany for Birders – Conifers at Hoyt 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: Hoyt Arboretum is the premier park in Portland to experience all that conifers offer and probably not very many birds. While we likely will get distracted by a few birds and non-conifer trees, we will focus on the breadth of conifers that can grow in the Portland area, and how to differentiate between them. Most conifers can be identified any time of year, so it is a good group to focus on in late winter/early spring while we wait for other trees to get easier to identify.

Join us for the online portion of this field trip:

Botany for Birders: Conifers with Ryan Gilpin
  • April 18, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

We’d like to thank Hoyt Arboretum Friends for sharing their beautiful space with us!


A photo of a Great Horned Owl, its body hidden by the needles of a pine tree.
Great Horned Owl, photo by Scott Carpenter

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: Approximately 1 mile
Elevation changes: 250 feet (up and down)
Trail: Mostly muddy single track packed dirt/gravel trails
Pacing: Slow with frequent stops
Sun exposure: Mostly closed canopy
Bathrooms: Restrooms at Visitor’s Center across the street from meeting locaiton
Parking: Small paid lots at Visitor’s Center ($2 per hour), parking along SW. Fairview Blvd. be aware of signs and areas where parking is not allowed. Street parking is free.
Public transit: Approx 15 minute walk from Max Red and Blue line stop Washington Park. Arboretum stop on Tri-met #63.


Field Trip Details

    • Class: Saturday, April 20, 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: Conifers with Ryan Gilpin
      • April 18, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.


April 20
8:00 am - 10:00 am
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Tara Lemezis