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A flock of Ross's Geese flying.

Beginning Birding and Sauvie Island Exploration (Saturdays: Feb, Mar, Apr) *FULL*

Join Greg & Ricky for three Saturday morning explorations at one of Oregon’s most accessible Important Bird Areas, Sauvie Island Wildlife Area.

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A flock of Ross's Geese flying.

Beginning Birding and Sauvie Island Exploration (Sundays: Feb, Mar, Apr) *FULL*

Join Greg & Ricky for three Sunday morning explorations at one of Oregon’s most accessible Important Bird Areas, Sauvie Island Wildlife Area.

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A Downy Woodpecker searches for insects on a tree.

Botany for Birders: An Introduction with Ryan Gilpin

Join local arborist, ecologist and birder Ryan Gilpin on a series of classes designed to help birders explore the plant world. Every month, Ryan will focus on a particular characteristic of trees (such as leaves or bark) and use that character to understand more about the plant. Through coupled classroom and field sessions Ryan will help you increase your ability to describe that plant and connect to the natural world around you.

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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 Townsend's Warbler, a yellow, black and white small bird, is perched on branch, throwing their head back in the rain.

Deep Birding through the Seasons: Spring Approaches with Dan van den Broek and Candace Larson *FULL*

Join Dan and Candace as we use a slower approach to connecting with nature with a focus on understanding birds. From March through July, we’ll dive deep into our senses, focusing on awareness and intention, careful observation, inspired field journaling and basic illustration and mindfulness. Module 1, Spring Approaches, will focus on the changing season, how birds are using the landscape, and an introduction to bird language.

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A watercolor painting of a House Finch.

Watercolor Painting Online Class with Ronna: The House Finch

The cheerful sound of the male House Finch reminds us of warmer days. Learn how to paint this lovely songbird alongside Ronna Fujisawa during this online watercolor class. Learning how to use colorful grays together with brighter colors will make your paintings sing! In this class students will learn more about mixing color and creating harmony with watercolor.

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A Tufted Coquette caught in midair next to a purple flower.

The Best of Trinidad and Tobago: Birding and Wildlife

Join us and local guide, Faraaz Abdool in Trinidad and Tobago where we’ll visit all of the birding hotspots with a special focus on the dizzying array of easy-to-see, gorgeous hummingbirds and other neotropical species. From the unforgettable experience of watching thousands of Scarlet Ibis return to their roost, to catching a glimpse of the critically endangered Trinidad Piping-Guan sipping water from a bromeliad, you are sure to have the trip of a lifetime!

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A flock of Ross's Geese flying.

Beginning Birding and Sauvie Island Exploration (Saturdays: Feb, Mar, Apr) *FULL*

Join Greg & Ricky for three Saturday morning explorations at one of Oregon’s most accessible Important Bird Areas, Sauvie Island Wildlife Area.

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A flock of Ross's Geese flying.

Beginning Birding and Sauvie Island Exploration (Sundays: Feb, Mar, Apr) *FULL*

Join Greg & Ricky for three Sunday morning explorations at one of Oregon’s most accessible Important Bird Areas, Sauvie Island Wildlife Area.

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

Botany for Birders: Conifers with Ryan Gilpin

Join local arborist, ecologist and birder Ryan Gilpin on a series of classes designed to help birders explore the plant world. Every month, Ryan will focus on a particular characteristic of trees (such as leaves or bark) and use that character to understand more about the plant. This session will focus on conifers. Through coupled classroom and field sessions Ryan will help you increase your ability to describe that plant and connect to the natural world around you.

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A Common Yellowthroat, a tiny yellow and brown bird with black and white mask, is perched on a white flower.

Beginning Birding and Sauvie Island Exploration: Migration Edition (Saturdays: Apr, May, June) *FULL*

Join Greg & Ricky for three Saturday morning explorations at one of Oregon’s most accessible Important Bird Areas, Sauvie Island Wildlife Area.

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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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A Common Yellowthroat, a tiny yellow and brown bird with black and white mask, is perched on a white flower.

Beginning Birding and Sauvie Island Exploration: Migration Edition (Sundays: Apr, May, June)

Join Greg & Ricky for three Sunday morning explorations at one of Oregon’s most accessible Important Bird Areas, Sauvie Island Wildlife Area.

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A beautiful European Bee-eater, a multi-colored bird with a long bill, is perched on a thin branch with it's back facing the camera.

Spain: Extremadura, Doñana, and Sierra de Gredos *4 spots left*

Join Stefan and Randy to explore Europe’s birding hotspot: Spain! The timing is perfect to witness the trailing end of migration and Spain’s birds in their breeding glory. Combine fabulous birding with excellent food, fantastic scenery, and ease of logistics, and you have an amazing trip that you wouldn’t want to miss! We generally expect pleasant weather, with no sweltering days just yet, and there should not be issues with pesky bugs.

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A Common Yellowthroat, a tiny yellow and brown bird with black and white mask, is perched on a white flower.

Deep Birding through the Seasons: Peak Migration with Dan van den Broek and Candace Larson *FULL*

Join Dan and Candace as we use a slower approach to connecting with nature with a focus on understanding birds. From March through July, we’ll dive deep into our senses, focusing on awareness and intention, careful observation, inspired field journaling and basic illustration and mindfulness. At the height of diversity and abundance in our region, module 2 will help you connect more deeply with the life stories of these amazing world travelers.

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Birding Day: Birding at Mount St. Helens Hummocks & Coldwater Lake

What makes the landscape around Mount St. Helens a unique place for birdwatching? Learn about why birders and scientists flock to the landscape around Mount St. Helens for birding in a mosaic of diverse habitats and landforms created by the most active volcano in the Cascades.
Note: this class is a great introductory class for birding and not designed for advanced birders. We will take a holistic view on ecology, human history, and geology. We will interact with and discuss all of the landscape features that support habitat for birds.

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Anna's Hummingbird feeds on a red flowering currant

Botany for Birders: Rose City Flowers with Ryan Gilpin

Join local arborist, ecologist and birder Ryan Gilpin on a series of classes designed to help birders explore the plant world. Every month, Ryan will focus on a particular characteristic of trees (such as leaves or bark) and use that character to understand more about the plant. This session will focus on flowers. Through coupled classroom and field sessions Ryan will help you increase your ability to describe that plant and connect to the natural world around you.

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A Common Yellowthroat, a tiny yellow and brown bird with black and white mask, is perched on a white flower.

Beginning Birding and Sauvie Island Exploration: Migration Edition (Saturdays: Apr, May, June) *FULL*

Join Greg & Ricky for three Saturday morning explorations at one of Oregon’s most accessible Important Bird Areas, Sauvie Island Wildlife Area.

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A Common Yellowthroat, a tiny yellow and brown bird with black and white mask, is perched on a white flower.

Beginning Birding and Sauvie Island Exploration: Migration Edition (Sundays: Apr, May, June)

Join Greg & Ricky for three Sunday morning explorations at one of Oregon’s most accessible Important Bird Areas, Sauvie Island Wildlife Area.

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View of Mount St. Helens from Johnston Ridge Observatory

Birding Day: Mount St. Helens Coldwater Lake and Hummocks

What makes the landscape around Mount St. Helens a unique place for birdwatching? Learn about why birders and scientists flock to the landscape around Mount St. Helens for birding in a mosaic of diverse habitats and landforms created by the most active volcano in the Cascades.
Note: this class is a great introductory class for birding and not designed for advanced birders. We will take a holistic view on ecology, human history, and geology. We will interact with and discuss all of the landscape features that support habitat for birds.

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Pacific Northwest Trip: The Birds & Natural History of NE Oregon *FULL*

Rugged Northeast Oregon is full of scenic beauty with spectacular mountains and gorges. Join us as we explore areas such as the Grande Ronde River, Zumwalt Prairie, and Hell’s Canyon to look for Calliope Hummingbirds, Golden Eagles, Gray Catbirds, Bobolinks, Short-Eared Owls and so much more! 

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A stunning Rufous Hummginbird is hovering over a purple flower.

Willamette Valley Ecology Series with Dan van den Broek and Candace Larson

Gain a deeper relationship with our very own Willamette Valley ecoregion during this three-week intensive with Dan van den Broek and Candace Larson. From geology to lepidoptery with plenty of birding and botanizing along the way, we’ll take a deep dive into the natural and cultural history of the place we call home

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A Common Yellowthroat, a tiny yellow and brown bird with black and white mask, is perched on a white flower.

Beginning Birding and Sauvie Island Exploration: Migration Edition (Saturdays: Apr, May, June) *FULL*

Join Greg & Ricky for three Saturday morning explorations at one of Oregon’s most accessible Important Bird Areas, Sauvie Island Wildlife Area.

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A Common Yellowthroat, a tiny yellow and brown bird with black and white mask, is perched on a white flower.

Beginning Birding and Sauvie Island Exploration: Migration Edition (Sundays: Apr, May, June)

Join Greg & Ricky for three Sunday morning explorations at one of Oregon’s most accessible Important Bird Areas, Sauvie Island Wildlife Area.

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Four young Great Egrets are sitting in a nest in a tree.

Deep Birding through the Seasons: The Next Generation with Dan van den Broek and Candace Larson

Join Dan and Candace as we use a slower approach to connecting with nature with a focus on understanding birds. From March through July, we’ll dive deep into our senses, focusing on awareness and intention, careful observation, inspired field journaling and basic illustration and mindfulness. Kiddos abound in July, providing us a great opportunity to experience the complex struggle for survival and dispersal.

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Explore Guanacaste, Costa Rica!

This November, join Dan and Candace on a brand-new birding adventure in Costa Rica! Guanacaste is the northwesternmost province in Costa Rica, home to dry tropical forest and bordered on the east by a series of protected National Parks along the slopes of several active volcanoes. We’ll visit both, and throw in some mangroves, to boot! This itinerary allows us to drive a little less and walk a little more in this unique and underbirded region.

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A Gray-cheeked Nunlet, a small orange and gray bird with a big bill is perched on a bare branch.

The Best of Panama *3 spots left*

Located at the intersection of North and South America, Panama is a volcanic isthmus that rose from the sea a mere 3 million years ago to form what is nicknamed the Monkey’s Bridge. This geologic link allowed the exchange overland of mammals, birds and plants, and contributed to Panama’s incredible biological diversity.  Over 1000 bird species have been seen in this tropical paradise slightly smaller than the state of South Carolina. 

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Bhutan

Bhutan is well-known for its snow-capped Himalayan Peaks, vibrant Buddhist culture, and project of “Gross National Happiness,” and is perhaps underappreciated as a sanctuary for a vibrant fauna, including over 700 species of birds. Join Bird Alliance of Oregon trip leader Brodie Cass Talbott, who spent three years living and birding in Bhutan, as we enjoy some of the most charismatic birds in Asia, from Green Jays to Himalayan Monals, and search for species hard to find anywhere else, like Beautiful Nuthatch, Ward’s Trogon, and White-bellied Heron, amidst the backdrop of one of the most scenic and captivating countries on earth.

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A Bornean Banded Pitta, a striking yellow bird with patterns is perched on the ground.

Wild Borneo! *FULL*

Join us on this very special tour to one of the world’s most coveted birding and wildlife destinations! On this 14-night adventure we’ll explore the astonishing biological diversity of this beautiful island, via jungle hikes, canopy walks, quiet riverboat cruises and even a night safari as we visit the four most productive birding and wildlife regions in Malaysian Borneo.

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