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May 13, 2023 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Statewide Big Sit with Bird Alliance of Oregon for World Migratory Bird Day

Join us on May 13, 2023 for a Statewide Big Sit!

Bird Alliance of Oregon is hosting three Big Sits on May 13, this year’s World Migratory Bird Day, throughout important migratory habitats in Oregon: Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon, Jackson Bottom Wetlands in Hillsboro, and Nehalem on the northern Oregon coast.

The theme of this year’s World Migratory Bird Day is the importance of water for migrating birds, and each Big Sit will take a snapshot of bird activity and illustrate the importance of diverse habitats.

Come sit with us for as long as you’d like as we celebrate and count the birds we can record right from our chairs!

Big Sit Details

  • No RSVP or registration required at any locations. Just show up!
  • Contacts for each Big Sit are listed at each location site below.
  • Bring your own chairs and binoculars.

Big Sit at Jackson Bottom Wetlands!

Listen for Birds. Sit and Sip.

Join us for coffee and community as we listen to the sounds of spring migrant birds from the covered deck of Jackson Bottom’s shelter. Drop in for a quick 20 minutes, or stick around to explore the park’s wetland trails. The South Entrance parking lot has accessible parking, and the path to the wooden deck is paved. One ADA porta potty in the parking lot. Nature Center Restrooms will open at 9 a.m.

*Special treats and coffee provide by local Portland Ca Phe and Mochi doughnuts by Hey Day Doughnuts.

Date: Saturday, May 13, 2023
Time: 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Location: Jackson Bottom Wetlands South Entrance. Meet at the back deck behind the Nature Center.
Contact: Camelia Zollars, czollars@birdallianceoregon.org

Violet-green Swallow, photo by Mick Thompson

Big Sit at the Coast!

Alder Creek Farm, Nehalem

Explore the birding possibilities on the North Coast and the important efforts of local organizations to protect and help birds and the habitats they depend on, in partnership with Lower Nehalem Community Trust. RSVPs are welcomed but not mandatory. For more details, please visit our website: https://www.nehalemtrust.org/birds/

Date: Saturday, May 13, 2023
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Lower Nehalem Community Trust’s Alder Creek Farm, 35955 Underhill Lane, Nehalem, OR 97131
Contact: Allison Anholt, aanholt@birdallianceoregon.org


Western Snowy Plover, photo by Mick Thompson

Big Sit in the High Desert!

Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters, Harney County

Bring a blanket, bring a chair, borrow a chair, or park yourself on a bench. However you choose to count, you can join the fun. Stop by for 10 minutes, an hour, or the full four hours. The goal is to count as many species as possible in a morning at Malheur HQ, while enjoying coffee, doughnuts, and some fun family activities, including Bird Bingo. There is accessible parking and bathrooms at Headquarters, and most paths are paved.

Date: Saturday, May 13, 2023
Time: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Location: Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters
Contact: Teresa Wicks, twicks@birdallianceoregon.org

White-faced Ibis, photo by Tara Lemezis


May 13, 2023
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
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