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Birding at Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

Join us as we take a tour through the diverse mosaic of habitats created by the 1980 eruption and learn where to see Mount St. Helen’s signature birds. This interactive presentation will excite and prepare you for birdwatching in the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. Bring your questions and curiosities! 

On May 18, 1980, a cataclysmic event occurred at Mount St. Helens as the north flank of the volcano slid off in one of the largest landslides in recorded history, unleashing a powerful eruption. This eruption buried 230 square miles of existing old-growth forest with hundreds of feet of volcanic debris. In some places closest to the crater of the volcano, almost no living organisms survived. Ash from the eruption blew across the United States, and megatons of logs and volcanic debris clogged up rivers, lakes, and streams. The eruption dramatically reshaped the landscape, creating a mosaic of habitat types that are now home to a diverse suite of birds.

In 1982, the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument was designated to protect the land closest to the volcano as a place for research, recreation, and education. Today, home to more than 80 species of nesting birds, the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument offers unique birding opportunities.

Summer blooms at Mount St. Helens
Summer blooms at Mount St. Helens, D.T. Strouse

What makes the landscape around Mount St. Helens a unique place for birdwatching?

Learn about why birders and scientists alike flock to the landscape surrounding Mount St. Helens.


Online Class Details

  • Class: January 23, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    Class fee: $20 members / $30 non-members
  • Note: Class recordings will be sent out automatically to everyone who registered post-class. Thank you!



January 23, 2023
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Bird Alliance of Oregon
5151 NW Cornell Road
Portland, OR 97210 United States
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$20 – $30


Tara Lemezis