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Are you bird curious? Want to look at nature and make new friends? Join me on one of my short weekly bird walks, borrow a pair of my binoculars, and come and look at birds with me.
We will meet up, go for less than a mile walk on a flat trail, and look (and listen) for birds in the weird/wonderful urban oasis that is Whitaker Ponds.

Upcoming events (4)

Birding w/ Seymore Gulls - SW PDX | Commonwealth Lake - Beginner Friendly

  • Description Join local author and B-list bird celebrity Seymore Gulls on an easy bird adventure as we look for ducks and sparrows in this surprisingly birdy suburban park. Its got flat paved trails, porta-potties, and ducks!
    Did I mention ducks?
    If you need I’ll provide you with binoculars, teach you how to use them, and we will explore about a mile of paved trails. I’ll teach you a few bird calls as well as point out the different species we see and hear, and answer any questions you have about bird watching and birds.
    This tour is designed for beginners, but I welcome all levels of bird enthusiasts! Want to focus on birding by ear, bird photography? Let me know!
    In hour two hours of bird watching we should see between 15 and 30 different species of birds.
    Accessibility is my priority so please know I am willing to adapt my experience based on your level of mobility/ability.
  • Walking and trail conditions (incline, trail surface, etc.) Paved and flat
  • Distance to be walked 1 mile
  • Will toilets and drinking water be available? Yes toilets, no water.
  • Additional important information (e.g. parking passes, transportation info, scopes, etc.) Bring a drink, I’ve got a scope and loaner binoculars for anyone who needs them (also, if you have old binoculars but want to try new ones let me know!)
  • Cost: Pay what you can/want. I don't want money to be a barrier to birding, but I also don't want to get a real job. Recommended tip range: large coffee to small pizza.

Venmo @portlandbirder or cash are wonderful

Lookin' at birds w/ Seymore Gulls - NE PDX | Whitaker Ponds - Beginner Friendly

Whitaker Ponds Nature Park

  • Description Local author of Neighborhood Birding 101, Seymore Gulls will be your guide on a tour of an urban oasis in NE Portland: Whitaker Ponds. We will meet for a relaxed morning of low-pressure birding for all levels and abilities. Whitaker Ponds is a surprisingly birdy habitat! Herons, kingfishers and ducks are all expected.
  • Walking and trail conditions (incline, trail surface, etc.) A flat gravel loop with some dirt/mud, weather depending.
  • Distance to be walked 0.5 miles
  • Will toilets and drinking water be available? Yes toilets, no water.
  • Additional important information (e.g. parking passes, transportation info, scopes, etc.) Bathroom is a portapotty of ill repute. Bring a drink, I’ve got a scope and loaner binoculars for anyone who needs them.
  • Cost: Pay what you can/want. I don't want money to be a barrier to birding, but I also don't want to get a real job. Recommended tip range: large coffee to small pizza.
    Venmo @portlandbirder or cash are wonderful

Lookin' at birds w/ Seymore Gulls -Tualatin River NWR- Beginner Friendly Birding

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center

  • Description Join me on a low pressure birding adventure as we Explore Tualatin River NWR. We'll be taking the River Trail and should see ducks, birds of prey, and songbirds.
    I'll point out birds, tell you about them, and teach you how to ID them. This is a very diverse spot and it's a great place to look at birds and make new friends.
  • Walking and trail conditions (incline, trail surface, etc.) bit of an Incline at beginning/end. semi-paved loop with some gravel, weather depending.
  • Distance to be walked 1.5 mile
  • Will toilets and drinking water be available? Yes toilets, no water.
  • Additional important information (e.g. parking passes, transportation info, scopes, etc.) Bring a drink, I’ve got a scope and loaner binoculars for anyone who needs them.
  • Cost: Pay what you can/want. I don't want money to be a barrier to birding, but I also don't want to get a real job. Recommended tip range: large coffee to small pizza.
    Venmo @portlandbirder or cash are wonderful

Lookin' at birds w/ Seymore Gulls - NE PDX | Whitaker Ponds - Beginner Friendly

Whitaker Ponds Nature Park

  • Description Local author of Neighborhood Birding 101, Seymore Gulls will be your guide on a tour of an urban oasis in NE Portland: Whitaker Ponds. We will meet for a relaxed morning of low-pressure birding for all levels and abilities. Whitaker Ponds is a surprisingly birdy habitat! Herons, kingfishers and ducks are all expected.
  • Walking and trail conditions (incline, trail surface, etc.) A flat gravel loop with some dirt/mud, weather depending.
  • Distance to be walked 0.5 miles
  • Will toilets and drinking water be available? Yes toilets, no water.
  • Additional important information (e.g. parking passes, transportation info, scopes, etc.) Bathroom is a portapotty of ill repute. Bring a drink, I’ve got a scope and loaner binoculars for anyone who needs them.
  • Cost: Pay what you can/want. I don't want money to be a barrier to birding, but I also don't want to get a real job. Recommended tip range: large coffee to small pizza.
    Venmo @portlandbirder or cash are wonderful

Past events (25)

Lookin' at birds w/ Seymore Gulls -Tualatin River NWR- Beginner Friendly Birding

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center

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