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Fall Birding on the North Oregon Coast

Program Number: 4894RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/7/2014 - 9/12/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Rockaway, Oregon
Price starting at: $645.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Birding Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt    

Oregon’s north coast is a dramatic combination of forests, wetlands, estuaries, rocky headlands, light houses and quaint towns. This diversity offers an excellent chance to see birds — including raptors such as Peregrine Falcon and Bald Eagle, shorebirds such as Black Turnstone, Surfbird and Pectoral Sandpiper, as well as gulls, cormorants, loons and forest song birds including the unique Wrentit. Experienced naturalists are eager to help you improve your birding skills.




Highlights

• Experience five days of exploring the North Oregon Coast, visiting prime bird-watching locations of rocky headland, bay, estuary, river, forest and beach habitats.
• Visit the Historic Cape Meare's lighthouse, walk through an old-growth forest to a secluded cove and conduct a sea watch for pelagic birds.
• Enjoy evenings with fellow birders reviewing the day’s sightings and brief illustrated talks on bird ID and behaviors, as well as bird sightings expected the next day.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to 1.5 miles daily.



All skill levels. So you can get the most out of your experience, all of our birding programs have a maximum participant-to-instructor ratio of 14:1.



Coordinated by the Audubon Society of Portland.




Rockaway

The northern Oregon coast provides beautiful vistas of the rugged coastline, sandy beaches and old-growth forests. This small town between Tillamook and Nehalem bays attracts birders, hikers and kayakers looking for adventure and solitude.



Accommodations
Retreat center nestled in a giant Sitka forest within walking distance of the beach. Comfortable rooms with private baths. Alcohol-free facility.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Dan Van Den Broek

Dan van den Broek has been enthusiastically birding for 30 years and has traveled extensively internationally and in the Pacific Northwest to identify and observe myriad species. Dan is the lead instructor for Portland Audubon's Master Birder program and the Portland Audubon School of Birding.
 
Eric Scheuering

Eric Scheuering joined the staff at the Audubon Society of Portland in July 2014 as the Adult Education Programs Manager. Prior to working for Portland Audubon, Eric spent 15 years as a wildlife biologist with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and Oregon Natural Heritage Program. He most recently worked for five years as a middle school science teacher. Eric holds a B.A. in environmental biology from the University of Montana and a master’s in science and teaching, and a secondary teaching certification from Portland State University. Eric leads many educational explorations throughout the U.S.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Twin Rocks Conference Center
  Rockaway Beach, Oregon 5 nights
 Twin Rocks Conference Center
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 allowed: No
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Check out time: 9:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:00pm You will be staying at Twin Rocks Conference Center that night.
  End of Program:
12:pm You will be staying at Twin Rocks Conference Center the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Audubon Society of Portland waiver.
  Parking availability:
Secure on-site parking is available for automobiles. Motor Homes or trailers may be able to be accommodated, please inquire with Portland Audubon.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Rockaway Beach, Oregon
  Nearest city or town:  Tillamook, Oregon
  Nearest highway: US Highway 101
  Nearest airport:  Portland International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Rockaway Beach, Oregon
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Portland

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required

 

Travel Time:

 

Two to three hours 

 

Distance:

 

130 miles

   

Rental cars available at Portland Airport from major brands. Airport is on east side of metro area and you must drive west through the metro area to get on to Highway 26 west (use I-84 to 405 to 26). Sunday morning traffic is light. Sunday afternoon some congestion.

 
Driving Directions
  Portland, OR Drive west from Portland on Highway 26. Take the Hwy 47/6 junction to the south (towards Forest Grove) ~ 20 miles west of Portland. Continue west on Hwy 6 ~ 60 miles to Tillamook, OR. This is a windy road. Turn north (right) onto Hwy 101 and proceed for ~10 miles. After passing through town of Garibaldi the highway curves right, then straightens. Within next 1 mile look for right turn into Twin Rocks Conference Center just before passing beneath a high, covered pedestrian walk way over the highway.
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.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrive, check-in, dinner, introductory meeting and program overview.
(Sunday, September 7)

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.
   
Accommodations: Twin Rocks Conference Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Visit prime shorebird, waterfowl and raptor viewing site. Walk through old-growth forest to beach overlook.
(Monday, September 8)

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.
   
Accommodations: Twin Rocks Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: 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.
(Tuesday, September 9)

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.
   
Accommodations: Twin Rocks Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: 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.
(Wednesday, September 10)

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.
   
Accommodations: Twin Rocks Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: 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.
(Thursday, September 11)

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.
   
Accommodations: Twin Rocks Conference Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: 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.
(Friday, September 12)

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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