The Bird Days of Summer

2024 Registration is Open!

Join us for our fourth annual The Bird Days of Summer this June, July, and August! This year, this popular suite of programs will be in Portland and Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon — and they’re free! Visit us in the sagebrush steppe in Harney County and Malheur National Wildlife Refuge or join us in the Portland metro area for fun-filled adventures centered around community and the joy of birds.

These free and laidback events are perfect for nature lovers of all ages! With outings spread across the state, folks can look forward to exploring the diverse flora and fauna of Oregon, while also learning more about birds, dragonflies, our conservation work, bats and more. See you soon!

A colorful drawing of birds.
The Bird Days of Summer flyer 2023, artwork by Jasmine Vazquez

See you soon for Bird Days of Summer 2024!

What you can expect is more fun and birdy events at Malheur and in Portland! Road trip to the High Desert, or Urban Portland to join in the state-wide good times, brought to you by our Education and Conservation staff, as well as our partners this year: People of Color Outdoors, Columbia Slough Watershed Council, Topaz Farm, Friends of Trees, Guero Bird Club, FBC.PDX, and Friends of Malheur. Thank you partners! We’d also like to thank Jasmine Vazquez, @jazimalart for the beautiful logo for this year!

The Bird Days of Summer is a series of super beginner-friendly programs for anyone curious about birds and nature. We’re combining community-building, exploration, and fun to create safe spaces for people to get to know each other as well as the birds. Binoculars provided if you let us know ahead of time (or bring your own!), and we’ll begin each program with a short “how-to” to help you get started.

All are welcome! Programs are FREE in 2024! Group sizes will be small, though, so advance registration is required

The Bird Alliance of Oregon Education Team builds just flyways between joy, learning and advocacy in nature. Through classes, trips, camps, public programs, and youth leadership, we expand access to the outdoors; amplify connections between birds, people and place; and create opportunities for people of all ages to love and care for nature in ways that are meaningful for them.

Important Registration Information

  • We are excited to offer this suite of programs for free. Please be mindful that space is limited on these programs. If you register, don’t forget to add the program to your calendar. We will send out a reminder one week ahead of time. If you need to cancel, write to the program lead listed on each event so that we can offer your space to someone else. We greatly appreciate notice at least a week ahead of time if possible. No shows and cancellations will be flagged and you will no longer be eligible to enroll in free programming. Thanks!
  • Your trip leader will email you with details like meeting place, what to bring, etc ahead of the outing.
  • We rely on the support of generous donors to keep these programs free. Please consider giving to the Spencer Higgins Education Fund today to ensure environmental education is accessible to all. Thank you!
  • A How to Guide for Accessing Your Account and Completing Registration Forms

The Bird Days of Summer in Portland

June 8, Birding the Sandy River Delta with the Confluence Project
8 a.m. – 11 a.m. *FULL*

June 9, Queer Birding
7 a.m. – 10 a.m. *FULL*

June 12, Beginning Birdnoticing
6 p.m. – 8 p.m. *FULL*

June 19, Island Hopping: Birding Oak Island w/ People of Color Outdoors (POCO)
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

June 21, Hike and Bird- Warrior Rock!
7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

June 23, Slough Run! Bike and Bird with FBC.PDX
8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

June 24, Tides and Tufteds at Haystack Rock
7:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. *1 spot left*

June 28, Butterflies!
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

June 30, Queer Birding
7 a.m. – 10 a.m. *2 spots left*

July 6, Bird Tats and Hats!
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

July 8, Birding Paddle with Columbia Slough Watershed Council
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

July 10, Accessible Dusk Birding
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

July 20, BIPOC Bird Walk at Sauvie Island
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

July 23, Dragonflies with Columbia Slough Watershed Council 
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. *FULL*

July 24, Birds and Bevvies: Topaz Farm
5:15 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. *FULL*

July 28, Dragonflies at Koll Center Wetlands
10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. *FULL*

August 10, Create & Bird: Poet Birds
8 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Coming soon! August 13, Birding Paddle with Columbia Slough Watershed Council
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

August 15, Faces Only a MOTH-er Could Love
9:00 p.m. – 11 p.m. *FULL*

August 17, Create: Drawing Native Plants
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

August 27, BATS!
7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Birding at Topaz Farm, photo by Tara Lemezis

The Bird Days of Summer in Harney County/Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

June 8, Explore Delintment Lake
8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

June 13, Birds and Bevvies: Owling Idlewild
6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

June 14, Birding P-Ranch
8 a.m. – 11 a.m.

June 28, Stars and Sundaes (with Harney County Library)
9 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

July 11, Birds and Bevvies: Birding Radar Hill
5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

July 12, Malheur Headquarters Stroll (two times)
8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

July 19, Exploring Benson Pond
8 a.m. – 10 a.m.

July 26, Birding P-Ranch
8 a.m. – 11 a.m.

August 8, Birds and Bevvies: Burns/Hines Nature Trail
5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

August 31, Malheur After Dark
7 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.


Trumpeter Swan
Trumpeter Swans at Benson Pond, photo by Dan Streiffert