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September 30, 2023 @ 7:15 am - 4:00 pm

Bird Alliance of Oregon Birding Day: Sauvie Island Shorebird Ramble *FULL*

*This is a self-driving day trip. Meet at 7:15 a.m. at the parking lot at the Sauvie side of the bridge at 45.6296, -122.8157.

A day before most of Sauvie Island closes for the winter, we will bird all the usual shorebird spots that most folks have never heard of, places like The Wash and The Narrows. There will be a mix of migrant passerines, the first raptors of the winter, and waterfowl. 

The only access to Sauvie Island is via the bridge off Highway 30. Consider filling your tank in advance, as gasoline is unavailable on the island. Parking is free at the bridge parking lot. Parking permits are required on Sauvie Island to park in all wildlife areas on the island.

  • Daily permits are $10.00; annual permits are $30.00. More information on permits. This permit can be purchased near the bridge at the Cracker Barrel Store on Sauvie Island.
  • Bring lunch, snacks, and water. Please dress for the weather.


Walking distance: Up to 1.5 miles total.
Elevation changes: None, except for one very short hill up to the dike at Racoon Point.
Trail: Most of our walking will be along dirt roads, with patches of mud and some coarse rocks.
Pacing: Slow.
Rest stops: We will visit 3-5 locations, with breaks in between. No rest stops on our walk.
Sun exposure: Full to partial.
Bathrooms: Each stop will have a portapotty. Google map of Sauvie Island Public Toilets
Parking: Ample parking. Participants need an ODFW Wildlife Area parking permit.

A flock of at least a hundred Dunlin take off from the water.
Dunlin, Western Sandpiper, photo by Mick Thompson

Sign up to join us!

Join Stefan Schlick to search for shorebirds and raptors on the last day Sauvie Island Wildlife areas are open to the public before the winter.


Trip Details

  • Leader: Stefan Schlick
  • Date and time: September 30, 7:15 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Fee: $120 members / $140 non-members

  • Limited to 12 participants


September 30, 2023
7:15 am - 4:00 pm
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