Birds Take Flight
Oregon is home to nearly 500 bird species and when spring migration hits, thousands of exotic birds come to rest and feed under the Pacific Flyway. Gather the family to these bird sanctuaries around the state and witness their passage.
With the largest concentration of bald eagles in the Continental U.S., it’s no wonder Sunset Magazine rated the Klamath Basin Bird Trail in Southern Oregon one of the top five destinations for birding. In addition there are more than 40 bird watching locations dotted along the trail among the mountains and marshes of the area.
April 9-11 marks the 29th annual John Scharff Migratory Bird Festival in the Eastern Oregon town of Burns. Bird enthusiasts and beginners alike can witness the spring migration in high desert country at Harney Basin. In addition to round-the-clock birding activities, the festival also has historical and cultural events for the whole family.
Nestled in the coastal range foothills outside of Eugene in the Willamette Valley is the Fern Ridge Wildlife Area. Its extensive wetland habitat plays host to more than 250 species of birds during the spring migration. There are over 10,000-acres to explore a lake that’s popular with sailors and anglers.
For more information on birding in Oregon, check out OregonBirdingTrails.
Located just outside of Portland, the Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve is one of only 10 urban wildlife refuges in the country. The 725-acre wildlife preserve is home to numerous bird species, as well as deer, otter and beaver.