Throughout the watershed spring has brought joyous rebirth. With the changing of the season we’ve seen the return of seasonal rains, emerging insects, spawning fish, blooming plants and welcomed many migrant birds. To many, robin are the most obvious signal that birds have returned with the warmer weather. You can see them here and there in your neighborhood digging for worms, singing their sweet songs. Birding, however, is sensory indulgence unlike anything else.
Birders progress along their track in a hushed manner. They calm their inner and outer thoughts in order to tune into the many calls and songs that alert them to a nearby robin or chickadee. The surrounding silence makes it more likely you will spot that meadowlark in the distance. You may even find a new appreciation for the gentle sound of your footstep on the trail. In the spring, blossoming plants are also bursting with aromas to delight in. One whiff of a blooming Daphne shrub can almost transport you to a gentle, rolling, sunny hillside. Whether you opt for a nearby nature trail or in your own backyard, birding provides an active way of getting outdoors to connect with your own imagination and with your environment.
Investigating your environment while on the lookout for birds deepens your resolve to be a steward of the environment. In fact, Health Fitness
JCWC, Portland Parks & Recreation and the Friends of Errol Heights are teaming up to bring you a special edition Spring Bird Eco-Blitz at Errol Heights Park on May 18th. Experienced birders and newcomers will be teamed up together to document a variety of species throughout the park. We’ll also learn how to use the eBird phone app in collecting bird data. Errol Heights is a 16-acre park in inner southeast Portland perhaps most popular for abundant beaver activity. The wild aesthetic of this park is a warm welcome to animals of all kinds, however. We are especially interested in wildlife monitoring at this park in relationship to plans to develop the park. If you’d like to get a taste for what birding as a practice looks like, please RSVP today for the eco-blitz and let Adrienne know if you’re an experienced birder wanting to provide team leadership! Contact: [email protected], or (503) 652-7477 ext. 107