The Willamette Valley features 400+ birds and 138+ easily accessible birding hotspots. Take a short trip out of downtown Portland for a fully customizable tour that will leave you amazed at the region's amazing variety of wildlife and biodiversity.
What to Expect
Enjoy the diversity of birding opportunities just a quick trip from downtown Portland, and be back in the city in time for dinner!
Portland is perfectly centered for any excursion whether it be visiting the Oaks Bottom Wildlife refuge only 10 minutes from downtown or head 30 minutes West to visit Fern Hill Wetlands and Jackson Bottoms. Want to include another state to your list? We'll drive 40 minutes North into Washington to the Ridgefiield National Wildlife refuge that has a total of 5,218 acres of marshes, grasslands and woodlands.
Just want a half day trip? A short drive from Portland to Sauvie Island will provide so many bird watching locations on one island, you won't need to go anywhere else!
Whatever your birding interest or level is, we can customize your excursion to make it a memorable trip and hopefully add to your life list. Regardless of your goal, you will see Oregon's beautiful countryside, rivers and farmlands, and will be educated on the area by our experienced tour guides.
The Willamette Valley features 138+ birding hotspots that are easily accessible. In the Willamette Valley, known for its lush forests and vineyards, the average annual rainfall and mild winters draw various bird populations in every season.
Mild winters also bring swans, sparrows and ducks to fields and hedgerows that remain full and fertile throughout colder months. Birds of prey, such as hawks, falcons and eagles, migrate to the valley as well, particularly during Chinook salmon migration in autumn.
Tree blossoms and grassy fields in spring draw hordes of warblers and tanagers, and in the Valley’s marshes, along the central valley floor, sandpipers and egrets scamper along the wetlands. Summer, Willamette Valley’s warmest and driest season, attracts songbirds and their broods. Experience the west coast's amazing biodiversity on this customizable bird watching tour, just a quick trip from Portland.
- Tour guide
- Entry fees
- Pick-up and drop-off at per-arranged locations
Know Before You Go
We recommend bringing your own binoculars, camera and warm clothing. Winter temperatures can range from 1-10 degrees, while summer temperatures may range from 15-32 degrees.