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International Migratory Bird Day
Oaks Bottom Festival of the Birds
12 May 2012

Come and join us for a day outside with the birds!

Photo - Cedar Waxwing (Al Wilson). Date: Saturday, May 12, 2012

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Place: Sellwood Park, just south of Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge

Early Bird Walk: 7:30 a.m. - Registration required - Register for it at with Class #369676 or call 503-823-2525.

Complimentary: Coffee and pastries (while they last)

Rain or shine! Dress for the weather.

Free of Charge: Everyone is welcome!


Photo - Brown Tree Creeper (Wikipedia).OAKS BOTTOM WILDLIFE REFUGE. This is the City of Portland's first Migratory Bird Park. It is one of many natural areas in and around Portland that are important to migrating birds for resting, nesting, and re-fueling. Come and see birds hailing from as far away as Argentina!

GUIDED BIRD WALKS. Come enjoy bird walks led by local naturalists along the wetlands trail. You will be amazed at the large variety of migratory birds that use Oaks Bottom during their migratory route. Every half hour, starting at 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

  • EARLY-BIRD BIRD WALK. Starts at 7:30 a.m. This is time of day when the birds are out and are most active. Come out early and you won't be disappointed! (To register, see above.)

  • CHILDREN'S ACTIVITIES. Kids from ages 3 to 11 will love the hands-on activities, especially painting rocks and building a real birdhouse.

  • FACE PAINTING. Adorn your face with a colorful bird, butterfly, or even a bee!

  • STORIES AND SONGS. Local storytellers and musicians celebrate Portland's own birds in music and story.

  • LIVE BIRDS OF PREY. Meet in person Finnegan the Peregrine Falcon, Julio the Great Horned Owl, Hazel the Northern Spotted Owl, and Jack Sparrowhawk, the American Kestre, birds of prey from Audubon Society’s Wildlife Care Center.

  • INTERACTIVE DISPLAYS. Visit with local partners of Portland's Migratory Bird Treaty to find out what is happening locally to protect and enhance our bird populations.

Photo - Northern Goshawk - juvenile (Courtesy of Kreig Rasmussen, USDA Forest Service).Photo - Western Tanager (Courtesy of Gerald and Buff Corsi © California Academy of Sciences).Photo - Killdeer in nesting season (Courtesy of Susan Wise-Eagle, USDA Forest Service).Photo - Peregrine falcon with chicks (USFWS).

"If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in." - Rachel Carson

For more information about the Festival, contact Nancy Pollot via e-mail or phone at 503-231-6910.

Sponsors: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service <> City of Portland Parks and Recreation

Banner and poster art by Rafael Lopez.


Birds you are likely to see at Oaks Bottom:

Wilson's warbler
White-crowned sparrow
Rufous hummingbird
Brown creeper
Common yellowthroat
American goldfinch
Western tanager
Black-capped chickadee
Dark-eyed junco
Red-breasted nuthatch
Red-winged blackbird
Mourning dove
Yellow warbler
Cedar waxwing
Pileated woodpecker
Downy woodpecker
Sharp-shinned hawk
Wood duck
Common merganser
Bald eagle
American crow
Belted kingfisher
Tree swallow

How to ID Birds

Cornell Lab of Ornithology