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February 17 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Hawks and Hot Chocolate

Join us for a day of winter birding on Sauvie Island in partnership with Topaz Farm and Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife! We’ll keep you warm with free hot chocolate and coffee (while supplies last), plus sweet farm-baked goods for purchase.

Bring your crew, your family, or come solo for a cool and casual day road-tripping through Sauvie Island’s birding hotspots. We’ll get outside together in search of the fiercest birds, the Fantastic Four of raptors: Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel, and Bald Eagle. At each spot, check out birds through spotting scopes and ask your curious questions to our stationed naturalists.

This is a family-friendly event, and you can come and go anytime during event hours.

Red-tailed Hawk, photo by Mick Thompson

Event Details

  • Bring your own reusable mug to help us reduce waste!
  • When: February 17, 2024
  • Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Location: Meet at Topaz Farm for check-in and map.  After you’re checked-in, explore various locations on the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area.
  • Parking Permits: Parking permits are required on the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area ($10 per car). Permits can be purchased day of at Topaz Farm, online or in-person and instructions for each are below:
      • No registration required to attend, but please do check-in at Topaz Farm before you begin. You can also pick up your parking permit the day of the event here. 
      • To purchase your permit online, click here. Scroll to the bottom of the page to the “General” Category and select ‘View All’. Select the Daily Wildlife Area Parking Permit to purchase.
      • To purchase your permit in-person, visit any of the following locations:
        -Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife – 18330 NW Sauvie Island Road – 503.621.3488
        -The Cracker Barrel Store – 15005 NW Sauvie Island Road
        -Reeder Beach RV Country Store – 26048 NW Reeder Road
        -7-11 Convenience Store – 11310 NW St Helens Rd (off Island)


Email Camelia Zollars, Public Partnerships and Program Specialist at czollars@birdallianceoregon.org.

Northern Harrier, photo by Tara Lemezis


February 17
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Sauvie Island