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Fall Birding on the North Oregon Coast

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Program #4894RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Equipment Requirements
A pair of binoculars and field guide to birds are required. Portland Audubon can provide binoculars for the program if notified ahead of time. Binoculars should have an objective lens of at least 30mm and be 7 - 10 power. A spotting scope with tripod is welcome if you have one you'd like to bring. The program staff will provide 3 high quality spotting scopes for the group. The recommended field guide is the National Geographic Field Guide to Birds of Western North America. The Portland Audubon Nature store can provide you with information on optics purchases as well as offer a 10% discount if you are a member of Portland Audubon.

Itinerary for Sep 8 — Sep 13, 2013

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Type: Conference Center

Description: Beautifully situated in mature coastal forest just 5 minute walk from ocean beach.

Contact info:
18705 Hwy 101 N
Rockaway Beach, OR 97136 USA
phone: 503-355-2284
web: www.twinrocks.org/index.asp

Room amenities: Quiet, peaceful window view into woods.

Facility amenities: Comfortable private lodge on grounds for Road Scholar group. Large comfortable meeting room. Comfortable rooms in Pacific Lodge with private bath, etc.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, September 08 - Arrive, check-in, dinner, introductory meeting an...
Note: Be prepared to share a bit about yourself.

Afternoon: Please arrive no earlier than between 4pm and 5pm. We will greet you, show you to the lodge so you can unpack and then park your car. You'll check in with Portland Audubon Society staff and receive your name tag, information folder, room assignment and keys. You may have some time to explore the grounds - see the map in your information folder or just chat with the other participants or rest up! Dinner is served at 5:30. Please contact us if you expect to be late. We can save some dinner for you if necessary.

Dinner: Welcome dinner in our private dining room at 5:30pm.

Evening: At 7pm we gather in the Pacific Woods Lodge for introductions and program overview.

Lodging: Twin Rocks Conference Center

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Beautifully situated in mature coastal forest just 5 minute walk from ocean beach.

Contact info:
18705 Hwy 101 N
Rockaway Beach, OR 97136 USA
phone: 503-355-2284
web: www.twinrocks.org/index.asp

Room amenities: Quiet, peaceful window view into woods.

Facility amenities: Comfortable private lodge on grounds for Road Scholar group. Large comfortable meeting room. Comfortable rooms in Pacific Lodge with private bath, etc.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, September 09 - Visit prime shorebird, waterfowl and raptor viewi...
Visit prime shorebird, waterfowl and raptor viewing site. Walk through old-growth forest to beach overlook.

Note: 1/2 mile round-trip walk to beach through mature forest is on a paved walkway with slight incline. First birding site involves thorough exploration of small local site, on our feet moving slowly for ~ 1 hour.

Breakfast: Breakfast is served in our private dining room at 7:30.

Morning: Early morning birding option at 6:30 when we walk the conference center grounds which offer great opportunities for forest birds as well as coastal fly overs. After breakfast you have time to get your things together and we board the bus at ~ 9am and head out on our first field trip. We will be looking for birds, learning how to identify them and learning about their natural history with impromptu mini-lectures in the field a regular part of each day.

Lunch: After breakfast you will have prepared a sack lunch from the delicious spread of options provided by our lodge hosts. Now we unpack your lunch from our group cooler and carry it to a scenic and peaceful spot with picnic tables and restrooms nearby.

Afternoon: Our afternoon destination(s) continue our exploration of the varied habitats of the Oregon Coast. We may find time to fit in a stop for coffee or ice cream at a local cafe if the mood of the group dictates

Dinner: Dinner is served at 5:30pm in our private dining room. Meals are served family style and you have the opportunity to sit with different members of our group each evening. The Twin Rocks Conference Center has a well-deserved reputation for delicious meals. Dinners typically include a salad, hot vegetable, main dish of chicken, beef or fish (vegetarian options available upon request), water, coffee, tea, milk and dessert.

Evening: After dinner we gather in our comfortable meeting room in Pacific Woods Lodge at 7pm for a review of the days sightings and an illustrated lecture on bird ID and bird behavior. This room is always available to us and has coffee and hot water for tea available. It is spacious and well-lit with lovely views of the forest outside. Comfortable chairs and reading lamps for lounging when you find the time. The subject of the evening lecture may vary so as to highlight and better understand some of the more notable observations of the day. E.g., if we found a rare bird during our outings, such as the Northern Wheatear we did in 2009, the lecture may talk about migration in general and more specifically the phenomenon of mirror migrations down Asian and North American coast lines and the species natural history. Most lectures will include information on bird identification related to species seen that day or ones we expect to see the next day. Questions are always welcome to help guide the lecture into areas of interest.

Lodging: Twin Rocks Conference Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Beautifully situated in mature coastal forest just 5 minute walk from ocean beach.

Contact info:
18705 Hwy 101 N
Rockaway Beach, OR 97136 USA
phone: 503-355-2284
web: www.twinrocks.org/index.asp

Room amenities: Quiet, peaceful window view into woods.

Facility amenities: Comfortable private lodge on grounds for Road Scholar group. Large comfortable meeting room. Comfortable rooms in Pacific Lodge with private bath, etc.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, September 10 - Visit to historic Cape Meare's Lighthouse. Sea w...
Visit to historic Cape Meare's Lighthouse. Sea watch for pelagic birds. Excellent site to see Peregrine falcon. Large Sitka Spruce known as the Octopus tree.

Note: Exploring the Cape Meare's area involves paved trails and elevation changes of ~ 200 feet.

Breakfast: Breakfast is served in our private dining room.

Morning: Early morning birding option at 6:30 when we walk the conference center grounds which offer great opportunities for forest birds as well as coastal fly overs. After breakfast you have time to get your things together and we board the bus at ~ 9am and head out on our first field trip. We will be looking for birds, learning how to identify them and learning about their natural history with impromptu mini-lectures in the field a regular part of each day.

Lunch: After breakfast you will have prepared a sack lunch from the delicious spread of options provided by our lodge hosts. Now we unpack your lunch from our group cooler and carry it to a scenic and peaceful spot with picnic tables and restrooms nearby.

Afternoon: Our afternoon destination(s) continue our exploration of the varied habitats of the Oregon Coast. We may find time to fit in a stop for coffee or ice cream at a local cafe if the mood of the group dictates

Dinner: Dinner is served at 5:30pm in our private dining room. Meals are served family style and you have the opportunity to sit with different members of our group each evening. The Twin Rocks Conference Center has a well-deserved reputation for delicious meals. Dinners typically include a salad, hot vegetable, main dish of chicken, beef or fish (vegetarian options available upon request), water, coffee, tea, milk and dessert.

Evening: After dinner we gather in our comfortable meeting room in Pacific Woods Lodge at 7pm for a review of the days sightings and an illustrated lecture on bird ID and bird behavior. This room is always available to us and has coffee and hot water for tea available. It is spacious and well-lit with lovely views of the forest outside. Comfortable chairs and reading lamps for lounging when you find the time. The subject of the evening lecture may vary so as to highlight and better understand some of the more notable observations of the day. E.g., if we found a rare bird during our outings, such as the Northern Wheatear we did in 2009, the lecture may talk about migration in general and more specifically the phenomenon of mirror migrations down Asian and North American coast lines and the species natural history. Most lectures will include information on bird identification related to species seen that day or ones we expect to see the next day. Questions are always welcome to help guide the lecture into areas of interest.

Lodging: Twin Rocks Conference Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Beautifully situated in mature coastal forest just 5 minute walk from ocean beach.

Contact info:
18705 Hwy 101 N
Rockaway Beach, OR 97136 USA
phone: 503-355-2284
web: www.twinrocks.org/index.asp

Room amenities: Quiet, peaceful window view into woods.

Facility amenities: Comfortable private lodge on grounds for Road Scholar group. Large comfortable meeting room. Comfortable rooms in Pacific Lodge with private bath, etc.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, September 11 - Visit to Seaside OR for "rock pipers" such as Sur...
Visit to Seaside OR for "rock pipers" such as Surfbird, Black Turnstone, Ruddy Turnstone. Chance of Sooty Shearwater. Necanicum Estuary visit for shorebirds and falcons and diving ducks. Ecola Head State Park for picnic lunch, beautiful views, loons.

Note: Short walks, some on sandy/muddy shorelines. Steps involved in reaching estuary viewing area.

Breakfast: Breakfast is served in our private dining room at 7:30.

Morning: Early morning birding option at 6:30 when we walk the conference center grounds which offer great opportunities for forest birds as well as coastal fly overs. After breakfast you have time to get your things together and we board the bus at ~ 9am and head out on our first field trip. We will be looking for birds, learning how to identify them and learning about their natural history with impromptu mini-lectures in the field a regular part of each day.

Lunch: After breakfast you will have prepared a sack lunch from the delicious spread of options provided by our lodge hosts. Now we unpack your lunch from our group cooler and carry it to a scenic and peaceful spot with picnic tables and restrooms nearby.

Afternoon: Our afternoon destination(s) continue our exploration of the varied habitats of the Oregon Coast. We may find time to fit in a stop for coffee or ice cream at a local cafe if the mood of the group dictates.

Dinner: Dinner is served at 5:30pm in our private dining room. Meals are served family style and you have the opportunity to sit with different members of our group each evening. The Twin Rocks Conference Center has a well-deserved reputation for delicious meals. Dinners typically include a salad, hot vegetable, main dish of chicken, beef or fish (vegetarian options available upon request), water, coffee, tea, milk and dessert.

Evening: After dinner we gather in our comfortable meeting room in Pacific Woods Lodge at 7pm for a review of the days sightings and an illustrated lecture on bird ID and bird behavior. This room is always available to us and has coffee and hot water for tea available. It is spacious and well-lit with lovely views of the forest outside. Comfortable chairs and reading lamps for lounging when you find the time. The subject of the evening lecture may vary so as to highlight and better understand some of the more notable observations of the day. E.g., if we found a rare bird during our outings, such as the Northern Wheatear we did in 2009, the lecture may talk about migration in general and more specifically the phenomenon of mirror migrations down Asian and North American coast lines and the species natural history. Most lectures will include information on bird identification related to species seen that day or ones we expect to see the next day. Questions are always welcome to help guide the lecture into areas of interest.

Lodging: Twin Rocks Conference Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Beautifully situated in mature coastal forest just 5 minute walk from ocean beach.

Contact info:
18705 Hwy 101 N
Rockaway Beach, OR 97136 USA
phone: 503-355-2284
web: www.twinrocks.org/index.asp

Room amenities: Quiet, peaceful window view into woods.

Facility amenities: Comfortable private lodge on grounds for Road Scholar group. Large comfortable meeting room. Comfortable rooms in Pacific Lodge with private bath, etc.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, September 12 - Forest waterfall, Sand Lake estuary where in 2009...
Forest waterfall, Sand Lake estuary where in 2009 we found a rare Northern Wheatear, only 3rd record in Oregon. Cape Lookout St. Park picnic lunch. Excellent site for sea watch for marbled murrelet, Cassin's auklet, Sooty Shearwater, Harbor Porpoise.

Note: Short walks and scanning for birds. Visit to local Tillamook Creamery for ice cream cones.

Breakfast: Breakfast is served in our private dining room at 7:30.

Morning: Early morning birding option at 6:30 when we walk the conference center grounds which offer great opportunities for forest birds as well as coastal fly overs. After breakfast you have time to get your things together and we board the bus at ~ 9am and head out on our first field trip. We will be looking for birds, learning how to identify them and learning about their natural history with impromptu mini-lectures in the field a regular part of each day.

Lunch: After breakfast you will have prepared a sack lunch from the delicious spread of options provided by our lodge hosts. Now we unpack your lunch from our group cooler and carry it to a scenic and peaceful spot with picnic tables and restrooms nearby.

Afternoon: Our afternoon destination(s) continue our exploration of the varied habitats of the Oregon Coast. We may find time to fit in a stop for coffee or ice cream at a local cafe if the mood of the group dictates

Dinner: Dinner is served at 5:30pm in our private dining room. Meals are served family style and you have the opportunity to sit with different members of our group each evening. The Twin Rocks Conference Center has a well-deserved reputation for delicious meals. Dinners typically include a salad, hot vegetable, main dish of chicken, beef or fish (vegetarian options available upon request), water, coffee, tea, milk and dessert.

Evening: After dinner we gather in our comfortable meeting room in Pacific Woods Lodge at 7pm for a review of the days sightings and an illustrated lecture on bird ID and bird behavior. This room is always available to us and has coffee and hot water for tea available. It is spacious and well-lit with lovely views of the forest outside. Comfortable chairs and reading lamps for lounging when you find the time. The subject of the evening lecture may vary so as to highlight and better understand some of the more notable observations of the day. E.g., if we found a rare bird during our outings, such as the Northern Wheatear we did in 2009, the lecture may talk about migration in general and more specifically the phenomenon of mirror migrations down Asian and North American coast lines and the species natural history. Most lectures will include information on bird identification related to species seen that day or ones we expect to see the next day. Questions are always welcome to help guide the lecture into areas of interest.

Lodging: Twin Rocks Conference Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, September 13 - Exploring the Bar View Jetty area searching for v...
Exploring the Bar View Jetty area searching for variety of marine bird species not sighted yet. Also excellent chance for Wrentit if not seen by now.

Note: We move out of our rooms after breakfast this morning. We return to lodge ~ 11:30 am. Bathrooms are available. Participants usually take their picnic lunch with them and depart the grounds by noon when program officially ends.

Breakfast: Breakfast is served in our private dining room at 7:30.

Morning: No early morning birding today, unless we are still looking for that Wrentit! After breakfast we have time to pack our things and put them in our vehicles and turn in our keys. Then we head out for one final short field trip. Usually we go to the Barview Jetty to look for a variety of species but other options include the mouth of the Miami River or up the Kilchis River. It depends on what we've seen so far, the weather, etc. Bring your lunch with to eat around 11:30am or many opt to take it with them after the program ends. We return to the conference center just before noon. Bathrooms are available. Many people choose to drive to one of the nearby destinations they have learned about this week to enjoy their lunch and perhaps continue birding.

Lunch: We say goodbye to each other around 11:30 either after having eaten lunch or many participants choose to take their picnic lunch with them.

Afternoon: Program ends at Noon today.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


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