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A Downy Woodpecker searches for insects on a tree.

Field Trip: Botany for Birders – An Introduction at Columbia Children’s Arboretum

Columbia Children’s Arboretum is a park with one of the most diverse tree populations in Portland and a pretty great place to find warblers and many other bird species. If the birds are out and active, we will bird the park and practice using as specific of language as possible to describe where we are seeing the birds and how they are interacting with the plants around them. If the birds are quiet, we will talk about the tree features available in March and dig into the details of how we can differentiate between trees even when the most obvious features for identification are not available. 

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A photo of a Great Horned Owl, its body hidden by the needles of a pine tree.

Field Trip: Botany for Birders – Conifers at Hoyt Arboretum

Hoyt Arboretum is the premier park in Portland to experience all that conifers offer and probably not very many birds. While we likely will get distracted by a few birds and non-conifer trees, we will focus on the breadth of conifers that can grow in the Portland area, and how to differentiate between them. Most conifers can be identified any time of year, so it is a good group to focus on in late winter/early spring while we wait for other trees to get easier to identify.

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Photo is of flowering Salmonberry, a native plant that has a beautiful fuschia flower.

Writing Haiku in Nature

Writing haiku is for everyone! Haiku is a traditional, short form of Japanese poetry through which the poet conveys their experience of nature via a simple written formula. Using this simple formula, anyone can write haiku! This class introduces participants to classical haiku poetry, and guides them to write their own haiku poems while spending time in nature.

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