Birds and Botany

with Laura Whittemore and Sage Jensen


Saturday, April 7, 2019, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm


Join long-time Audubon teacher Laura Whittemore and Biologist Sage Jensen for a unique and illuminating experience of the plants and birds that inhabit the Pacific Northwest forest.

Birds and plants go hand in hand, but how often do you see a robin and don’t know what tree it’s perched on, or which kind of bird is foraging on those mountain ash berries? In this part classroom, part field workshop we’ll learn about plant and bird identification, then explore the TreeSong property and examine its plant diversity while we watch and listen for local birdlife. Learn to identify common native plants with an approachable and fun method to plant taxonomy. We’ll also learn what to listen and look for to identify birds, their favored layers of the forest, and how they specialize in feeding and nesting.

Suggested items to bring: Binoculars, notepad, pen or pencil, layered clothing, sturdy shoes. Bring your own lunch. Coffee and tea will be provided. All participants will receive a booklet on native plant identification.

Maximum of 12 participants.

Tuition: $57.00 (includes bird handouts and color plant ID booklet)

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Laura Whittemore_brdrInstructor Laura Whittemore has been teaching classes in beginning birding and birding by ear for the Audubon Society of Portland since 2000. She loves to teach people about birds and open the door to learning more about their fascinating and interesting lives. Her goal as a teacher is to help students raise their awareness of the natural world around them. Laura finds that taking just five minutes to slow down and watch birds creates a meaningful and inspiring connection with creatures other people might pass by.


sage-jensen-photoSage Jensen has over 21 years of experience conducting biological inventories and assessments throughout the Northwest, including botanical surveys. Sage has been teaching plant identification classes in OR and WA for nearly the same amount of time, with a focus on introductory plant taxonomy. Her goal as an instructor is to give students the tools to make connections to the natural world around us in a fun and approachable way.

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