Birds of Prey in the Pacific Northwest
with Laura Whittemore
Sunday, November 18th, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Laura Whittemore returns to offer an edifying and enlivening glimpse into the magnificent hunters of the bird world, eagles, hawks and falcons. Drawing on her vast knowledge and with the aid of a multi-media presentation, Laura will bring us closer to the birds of prey that soar the skies of Washington and Oregon.
The presentation will include:
- The major differences between eagles, hawks, and falcons
- How to spot raptors and ID them by shape and size
- Habitat and prey preferences
- Which species are here all year and which visit only in winter
- The best winter raptor-watching spots around Oregon and Washington
After the indoor presentation and lunch break at TreeSong, we will travel by car to Steigerwald NWR near Washougal to see which raptor species we can spot. Plan to spend two hours walking the refuge with Laura. Bring binoculars if you have them, but Laura will also provide a spotting scope for group use.
Suggested items to bring to the class and field trip: Binoculars, notepad, pen or pencil, layered clothing, sturdy shoes. Bring your own lunch. Coffee and tea will be provided.
Instructor 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.