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International Migratory Bird Day
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2013 Theme:
Life Cycles of Birds

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International Migratory Bird Day
Oaks Bottom Festival of the Birds
11 May 2013

Photo - Common Yellowthroat (Courtesy of George Gentry).


Date: Saturday, May 11, 2013

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 #398198 or call 503-823-2525.
(And bird walks throughout the day - see below.)

Rain or shine! Dress for the weather.

Free of Charge: Everyone is welcome!



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 all the hands-on activities, like painting rocks and building a real birdhouse.

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

  • STORIES, SONGS, AND DANCE. Local storytellers and musicians celebrate Portland's own birds in musicPhoto - Danza Azteca dancers in traditional garb perform at the 2012 bird festival (USFWS). and story. Danza Azteca will perform traditional Aztec bird dances and flute music.

  • 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 Kestrel from the Audubon Society’s Wildlife Care Center.

  • PORTLAND'S MIGRATORY BIRD TREATY PARTNERS. Visit with local partners of Portland's Migratory Bird Treaty to find out what Portland-area citizens are doing to protect and enhance our bird populations.

Special highlights this year you won't want to miss!

  • TEEN ACTIVITY. Fair Trade Chocolate presentation. - 10:30 a.m.

  • PAUL BANNICK. Renowned author, photographer, and conservationist Paul Bannick will present a talk on his book, TheOwl and the Woodpecker. - 1:00 p.m. Photo - Mike Houck (Courtesy of

  • SPECIAL GUEST BIRD WALK GUIDES. Portland's own Urban Naturalist Mike Houck and Audubon Society historian Tom McAllister will be on hand to lead the 2:00 p.m. bird walk. - 2:00 p.m.

Image - Photo collage of native northwest birds (Audubon Society).

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

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