The Audubon Society of Portland is a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to wildlife conservancy in Portland, Oregon, United States.Before you head to Portland, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Portland online day trip planner, to make sure you see all that Portland has to offer, including Audubon Society of Portland.
Founded in 1902 and incorporated in 1909, it is one of the oldest such organizations in the world.
It is named in honor of John James Audubon, an ornithologist and naturalist who painted, cataloged, and described birds of North America in Birds of America published in sections between 1827 and 1838.
The society owns 150 acres (0.61 km2) of woodland adjacent to Forest Park, managed as a nature sanctuary and features indigenous vegetation and fauna, including a small stand of old growth timber. The sanctuary is open to the public for free.
Much of the sanctuary surrounds Balch Creek
near its headwaters and contains more than 4.5 miles (7.2 km) of hiking trails which connect to Forest Park's extensive trail system.
Within the sanctuary is a nature center containing classrooms, retail store, wildlife taxidermy exhibits, auditorium, and a wildlife care center. The care center treats injured and orphaned native wildlife utilizing professional staff and more than one hundred volunteers. More than 3,500 animals are brought to the center each year.
Displays of live educational birds are adjacent to the care center. Five birds are on display, having injuries or imprinting that prevent them from successful reintroduction to the wild. Currently there is a Great Horned Owl, male and female American Kestrels, and a Turkey Vulture. There is also a Western Painted Turtle that was rescued from a pet store and now lives in a tank inside the Care Center.
In 2007, there were 21,615 hours volunteered to the society's efforts, including visitor reception, trail maintenance, tour guides, nature store attendant, clerical, conservation activists, and wildlife caretakers. It is one of the most highly rated charities of its kind, based on operational and organizational efficiency.
The society is frequently consulted for expertise related to practical wildlife questions
and wildlife management practices.
Audubon Society of Portland reviews
The center is isolated and there is no public transportation to get you anywhere near. Worth a visit anyway. Nice trails, exhibits, and shop.
The center is isolated and there is no public transportation to get you anywhere near. Worth a visit anyway. Nice trails, exhibits, and shop. more »
Our daughter is a volunteer at the Audubon’s center. She gave us a tour of the facility and we got to see an owl who was rescued and is being cared for. Also a raven who was saved resides there and...
Our daughter is a volunteer at the Audubon’s center. She gave us a tour of the facility and we got to see an owl who was rescued and is being cared for. Also a raven who was saved resides there and... more »
I wondered about a trip to the zoo or here: I am glad I picked right. It was a beautiful place where informative guides were helping out. I decided to walk from Portland which was quite tough but...
I wondered about a trip to the zoo or here: I am glad I picked right. It was a beautiful place where informative guides were helping out. I decided to walk from Portland which was quite tough but... more »
This is a somewhat hidden hiking spot among the more popular Forest Park. The trails make for an easy, casual hike. On the north side of Cornell Road is the main building, gift shop, wildlife care center, and the more interesting trails where you're likely to see many types of birds including Pilate Woodpeckers and some nice valley views. The south side of the road has some longer, steeper hike with more forest views and less wildlife.
This is the first time I have taken an injured wild animal to Audobon. An older woman staff member with glasses said the restrooms are located inside the building. The buildings were locked and the lights were out and I ended up peeing outside. I affectionately named this female seagull, Ms. Blackwood, from Top Gun. I prayed with this seagull, I let her hear me sing, I prayed the mysteries. The day Ms. Blackwood, the seagull was injured was an important day for the Seattle Seahawks who ended up with a playoffs eliminating loss 25-24. I imagine the bird was injured just before the end of the game. Interesting. I was hauling my cat after buying some coffee and cat food and came across this heaped pile of feathers, adjusted her to a normal sitting position, felt her wing and discovered some bone poking tough. I tucked the seagull Ms. Blackwood under me arm and got home. I wrapped Ms. Blackwood in a towel and then a ribbon to keep her stable. To prevent further injury. I look forward to being called back to attend the release of Ms. Blackwood into the wild. I did not bring my first wildlife rescue to Audobon Society to have tge animal euthanized. I brought this animal, Ms. Blackwood, the seagull to Audobon Society to be fixed. Alis Volat Propriis
Wonderful. We took a baby Western Scrub Jay here. They gave us great hope. We walked the trails and saw what we could. It was just beautiful. I can't wait to go back and see more. My granddaughter was with me as well and had the best time. Pictures don't do it justice
I love fall/winter visits as it is easy to park and trails are not so busy. The rushing water and dropping moss is beautiful too. Our city park spaces are a treasure.
Wonderful place! Great birds and really cool crow. Look at that great blue heron. Awesome! Would highly recommend visiting. The staff was very kind and knowledgeable about avian creatures of all sorts.
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