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Rockaway
Fall Birding on the North Oregon Coast
Explore the diverse habitats and unique ecosystems of Oregon’s north coast as you enjoy daily excursions with expert birders, searching for bald eagles, falcons, wrentits and more.
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Program No. 4894RJ
Length
6 days
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6 days
5 nights
15 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Rockaway Beach, Oregon
D
Twin Rocks Conference Center

Activity 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.

DAY
2
Shorebird, Waterfowl & Raptor Viewing Site, Beach Overlook
Rockaway Beach, Oregon
B,L,D
Twin Rocks Conference Center

Activity 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 7:45.

Morning: Early morning birding option at 7:00 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 prepare a sack lunch from the delicious spread of options provided by our lodge hosts. We will have lunch at 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. 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. 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.

DAY
3
Ft. Stevens St. Park, Seawatch for Pelagic Birds, Shorebirds
Rockaway Beach, Oregon
B,L,D
Twin Rocks Conference Center

Activity note: Exploring the Fort Steven's area involves paved trails and elevation changes of ~ 100 feet. Short walks, some on sandy/muddy shorelines.

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 ~ 8:30am 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 prepare a sack lunch from the delicious spread of options provided by our lodge hosts. We will have lunch at 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 6pm 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. 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. 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.

DAY
4
Cape Meares Lighthouse for Pelagic Species, Peregrine Falcon
Rockaway Beach, Oregon
B,L,D
Twin Rocks Conference Center

Activity note: Exploring the Cape Meares' area involves paved trails and elevation changes of ~200 feet. 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 prepare a sack lunch from the delicious spread of options provided by our lodge hosts. We will have lunch at 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. 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.

DAY
5
Fort Clatsop - Lewis and Clark National Historic Park
Rockaway Beach, Oregon
B,L,D
Twin Rocks Conference Center

Activity note: Short walks on paved trails.

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 ~ 8:30am 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 prepare a sack lunch from the delicious spread of options provided by our lodge hosts. We will have lunch at 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. 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. 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.

DAY
6
Nehalem River Bottomlands, Program Concludes
Rockaway Beach, Oregon
B,L

Activity 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 8am.

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. It depends a little on what we've seen so far, the weather, etc. We return to the conference center 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 noon. Participants will take their picnic lunch with them.

Afternoon: Program ends at noon today.