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September 5, 2011: Lots of Cool Ways to See and Learn About Birds

September 5, 2011: Lots of Cool Ways to See and Learn About Birds

Credit: Jim Cruce

by Bob Sallinger

kgw.com

Posted on September 5, 2011 at 4:25 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 6:14 AM

As fall approaches (even with a week of 90+ degree days ahead) there are lots of very cool ways to see and learn about birds in and around Portland:

Check out the Vaux swifts the roost in the Chapman School Chimney in NW Portland--truly an amazing spectacle as tens of thousands of swifts pour into the Chapman School Chimney each night at sunset. More Information

Learn about the Sandhill Cranes of Sauvie Island. Gary Ivy, Western Crane Conservation Manager for the International Crane Foundation, speaks at Audubon on the evening if September 13. More Information  

Check out migrating songbirds at Pittock Mansion. Audubon provides guided bird walks each Thursday Morning from 7-9 am. More Information

Make your own backyard more bird friendly! Get your backyard certified through the Audubon/ Columbia Land Trust Backyard Habitat Certification Program. For $25 a trained certification technician will come to your yard and provide you with expert advice on removal of invasive plant species, planting for wildlife and other things you can do to make your backyard more wildlife friendly. you get a cool sign after you restore your yard as well as discounts on plants and gardening supplies: More Information

For those who are interested in bird protection policies, Audubon and Lewis and Clark will be sponsoring a national conference in October on the Migratory Bird Treaty Act---the United State's primary bird protection law. The conference will feature national and international experts on bird conservation. More Information

Sandhill Crane Photo by Jim Cruce

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