Field Trips

Field trips are typically scheduled at least once monthly, excluding January. All are welcome, but be sure to contact the leader if indicated. If a trip involves some driving, we arrange carpools at the meeting location indicated. Please remember to pay your driver (we recommend $0.25/mile divided by the number of passengers). Remember to dress for the weather and bring plenty of water, snacks, and sunscreen!

Upcoming trips:

Clark County Late Winter Search

  • When: Saturday, February 29th(+), 7:30am
  • Where: Meeting location: Salmon Creek Park and Ride
  • Leaders: Randy Hill and Cindy McCormack
  • Contact: Randy 360-975-2573 (text preferred) or

Join Randy Hill and co-leaders to explore the diversity of Clark County in late winter. This trip will concentrate on finding resident, wintering and maybe early-arriving Vancouver area specialties. Target species include Snowy Egret, Lesser Goldfinch, Red-shouldered Hawk, Black Phoebe, diving ducks and other waterfowl, loons, grebes, gulls and possibly owls.

Saturday we will explore areas that could include Ridgefield, but will concentrate on Vancouver Lake and lowlands and the Columbia River that may reach as far upstream as Steigerwald Lake NWR. Depending on conditions, a Sunday (morning only) higher elevation forest trip, Steigerwald Lake or Ridgefield NWR may be added. A Friday afternoon exploration of the Woodland Bottoms also will be scheduled for those interested.

This weekend schedule will be a joint outing with Washington Ornithological Society, so there might be limited space available and/or a wait list for any or all of the three days. For more information and to sign up, contact Randy

We will carpool. Be sure to pay your driver
This trip’s stops will be eBirded. Trip for novice to expert birders. All are welcome!

Columbia Gorge

Let’s check out some of the bird hotspots along the Washington side of the Columbia Gorge.  We will head east from the parking area at the Port of Camas/Washougal and look for late wintering, resident, and early migrant birds in Skamania and/or Klickitat Counties. Locations may vary based on wind and weather.
Target birds may include shrikes, American Dipper, Lewis’s Woodpecker, Acorn Woodpecker, Say’s Phoebe, bluebirds, and Canyon Wren.  This might be a good time for migrating arid-land species, such as Sagebrush Sparrows.
This will be an all-day adventure unless the weather decides otherwise. Contact Cindy at if you want to participate or if you have any questions.
We will carpool, so please remember to pay your driver. ($0.10/mile for each passenger is an easy calculation and a fair guideline).
Dress for the weather, be prepared for inclement weather! Bring lunch, water, snacks, and don’t forget your binoculars!

We will carpool. Be sure to pay your driver
This trip’s stops will be eBirded. Trip for novice to expert birders. All are welcome!

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