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March 31 @ 7:30 am - 10:30 am

Field Trip: Fernhill for Beginners with Stefan Schlick

Join Stefan for a 1-mile loop around Fernhill Wetlands in Forest Grove. We will look at all bird species while focusing on the basics. Waterfowl is most abundant, but there should also be some raptors, little birds, and maybe shorebirds. 

Don’t forget to bring binoculars; that’s all you are going to need.

How do you decide whether this field trip is right for you:

If you have seen a Lincoln’s Sparrow before, you are way beyond the level for this field trip, and it may feel slow to you. This walk is suitable for you if you don’t know Lincoln’s Sparrow. If you’ve heard about Lincoln’s Sparrow but have never seen one, you may be in the right class as well!

*Please note the location of Fernhill Wetlands is in Forest Grove, not Portland, at 1399 SW Fern Hill Rd, Forest Grove, OR 97116

$45 – $65
A Lincoln's Sparrow is perched on branch against a bright background.
Lincoln's Sparrow, photo by Mick Thompson

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Calling all beginning birders and bird-curious folks! Please join Stefan in discovering the plethora of birdlife at Forest Grove’s Fernhill Wetlands.



Distance: ~ 2 miles
Elevation changes: None
Trail: Wide packed earth/gravel
Pacing: A birder’s pace (slow!)
Rest Stops: We’ll stop at two pagodas with benches along the way
Sun Exposure: Full (hopefully we get some sun!)
Amenities (bathrooms and parking): There are bathrooms in the parking lot. No permits are needed for parking.
Public transit:  Tri-met Bus #57 stops at the junction of Pacific Avenue and Maple Street. Walk south 0.4 miles to the intersection of Highway 47 and Maple. Continue straight on Fern Hill Road. The Fernhill Wetlands parking area is 0.2 miles from the intersection.

Trip Details

  • Leader: Stefan Schlick
  • Date and time: March 31, 2024, 7:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
  • Fee: $45 members / $65 non-members

  • Limited to 12 participants
  • Meet your leader at Fernhill Wetlands, 1399 SW Fern Hill Rd, Forest Grove, OR 97116


March 31
7:30 am - 10:30 am
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