Portland region Guild Gathering: West Multnomah/Forest Park Foresters for the Birds Outing

Event Date: 
Friday, May 3, 2019 - 08:00 to 14:00

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No charge for this event. Please bring your own lunch, snacks and water.

Join this bird walk and tour of forest property in western Multnomah County just west of Forest Park. This hands-on event is being coordinated with West Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District forester Michael Ahr. 

About the forest:
Forest Park contains 5,200 acres of protected forest, representing the easternmost extension of the coast range ecoregion. The park extends along the eastern slopes of the Tualatin Mountains, tracking the southern edge of the Columbia River to its confluence with the Willamette River, forming the a living fringe to the northwest of Portland city limits. The forest is comprised of a mixture of hardwood and conifer forest dominated by douglas fir, hemlock, red alder, and big leaf maple. 

Agenda topics and discussions:

  • characteristics of NW coastal forests,
  • history of the management both regionally and locally, 
  • overview of goals of the Foresters for the Birds program and our specific goals for the Pacific Northwest,
  • a list of approximately 20 "indicator species", along with detailed descriptions of their distinguishing characteristics, songs, and habitat requirements. 

We'll talk about how management choices will augment habitat for breeding birds, and discuss potential collaborations among regional community members. 


We will meet at one spot (details still getting finalized) and walk or carpool to our field sites from there. When we have details about the specific field sites we will share them. It is possible that we will encounter uneven terrain, poison oak, and up to 1/4 mile of walking. We will share a short list of suggested items to bring, which may include a camp chair. Stay tuned!

Thank you to Ed Zlonis and Matt Betts for the photos in this event promotion.