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Initial Last Name Area Available Language

L French Ashland, Oregon Anytime English
.Enthusiastic birder for ~30 yrs. Have great scope. Area:
Mt Ashland, Howard Prairie area, Ashland Pond

Area Birds:
With luck, great gray owls and other area birds.
Nature: birdwatching, hiking, backpacking.

J Meredith Bend Anytime English
D Cavaness Brookings Anytime English
C Gates Central Oregon Anytime English
Email me for information and guiding help for Central Oregon.
R Namitz Coos Bay Anytime English


  N Clements La Grande and Corvallis (both in Oregon) Weekends from Oct through June, Anytime from mid June to late September English
  I grew up in La Grande, OR, situated in the northeastern corner of the state. My parents are both biologically oriented individuals and casual birders. As a kid they took me out to see birds and get outside. When I was 12, the birding bug got me.

I discovered eBird in 2016, and that was it. In 2018, I started my undergraduate degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Science with an emphasis in avian ecology at Oregon State University in Corvallis. Being very familiar with both sides of the state has allowed me to learn about and see many of the state's birds. Because of that, I recorded 364 species in 2019, the second highest year list in Oregon's history.

I enjoy birding for its intensity and focus, but also the comradery and adventures it creates.

Whether its Snowy Plovers on Newport's beaches in 30 mph winds or Black Rosy-Finches on the 10,000 foot summit of Steens Mountain, I love Oregon for its birds and natural diversity.
Blue and Wallowa Mountains, Central Coast, Eastern Oregon in general

Area Birds:
Great Grey Owls, Spruce Grouse, and other Eastern Oregon specialties

Nature: birdwatching, twitching, photography, skiing, swimming, beach, running
Travel: stroll, walking, hiking, car, biking, long walk, backpack
Visit: tourist site, museum, restaurant, ski run/trail, monument, arboretum, architecture appreciation
Attend: concert, theatre, live music
Participate: jazz and classical music
Play: cards, sports, boardgames, lawn games, water sports, piano, French horn

S Dunham Corvallis Weekend English
K Pritchard Corvallis Weekend English, Spanish, some French
Several grassland preserves in the area. I don't like to keep lists or use audio-playback. I just like to watch 'em.
P Stoel Corvallis Anytime English
Corvallis has 3 nearby National Wildlife Refuges, William L. Finley, Ankeny and Baskett Slough.
B Combs Eugene Anytime English
D Pettey Florence Anytime English
R Maertz Glide Anytime English
I am retired male in my sixties. I have been living here for 35 years. We are 4 hours south of Portland Or, west of the Cascades. I do lots of bird counts and surveys. I have been seriously birding since 1980.
S Schlick Hillsboro Weekend English, German
I live just west of Portland. The northern frontier of the Acorn Woodpecker.
J Eck Keizer Anytime English
I live near Ankeny NWR Baskett-Slough NWR.
W Deutschman Klamath Falls Anytime English, limited German
My wife and I are retired college professors who have been birding for about 15 years. We keep track of the current birds in the Klamath Basin and know where many of the species can be seen. The Klamath Basin is one of the best birding areas in Oregon. We have raptors, including bald and golden eagles, water fowl, shore birds as well as many other birds on 5 wildlife refuges. We are usually traveling during the summer but would like to show visitors the birds in our area at other times. I usually monitor my e-mail when we are traveling so I can advise you of other people to contact or where to see specific birds.
P Burns Malheur NWR. Summer only Anytime English, Norwegian
My husband and I have been birding the areas around Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. We know where the Golden Eagle nests, where the Burrowing owl burrows, and where to find white-headed woodpeckers. We would love to show someone around the area. We live in WA, but keep a camper near Malheur all spring, summer and into fall.
K Halliday Oregon City Weekend English, Nepali, some German, Spanish
Oregon City is the "End of the Oregon Trail" - in the Willamette valley south of Portland.
M Stromme Lake Oswego Anytime English
My husband and I are both science teachers by profession. We often guide field trips for families with kids. Some local hot spots include Ridgefield NWR, Oaks Bottom, Sauvie Island, and more. My specialty is waterfowl, but I love all sorts of birds. Just don't ask me to identify immature gulls. My husband specializes in wildlife photography. We always enjoy meeting fellow birders. Let's go birding together!


  E Bergman Portland Anytime English
  Retired writer and editor who is passionate about going where the birds are and experiencing local cultures Area:
Portland is a crossroads for birds of the west coast. Mountains, rivers, valleys and the Pacific Ocean are nearby. Both urban and wilderness birding opportunities are readily accessible.

Area Birds:

Nature: birdwatching

B Brace Portland Anytime English
D Robberson Portland Anytime English
S Mayorga Portland Anytime English
P Newland Portland Anytime English
J Koutney Portland Anytime English
Love birding and know most birds in the area by sound, plus enjoy being outside with nature. I live in Portland and do a lot of local birding within the city limits. We have some great birding areas and just a few miles into the state of Washington there is the Ridgefield National Wildlife Reserve which is a great place for birding and I go often. Enjoy showing others the birds of the area.
J Hayes Portland Weekend English
Portland is a great city, with many birding opportunities within the urban area. In addition, we are two hours from the coast, and two hours from the mountains and high desert to the east. I have a limited travel budget, and do most of my birding within 150 miles of the city, and still manage to see 225+ species a year with moderate effort. We have a wide variety of habitat, and birding is all about habitat awareness, timing, and a little luck. I am mostly available on weekends for actual birding, but I could probably answer questions you may have about finding regional specialties, or refer you to someone else with more expertise on particular species.
S Leo Portland Anytime English, some French
There are many great places to go birding around the Portland area and all kinds of LBJS, warblers, raptors, and waterfowl are easy to spot.
L Longanecker Portland Weekends English
We live near beautiful Sauvie Island which guarantees the sighting of many species in just a few hours. :) see> and
J Soupir Prairie City Anytime English
J Main Salem Anytime English
M Michalczyk Salem Weekend English, Turkish
I am a birder but have a lot to learn. I can ID many birds in our region but the little brown birds always give me problems.
P Rummans Scappoose Anytime English, some French
I live in a a beautiful wooded area with a stream behind the house and close access to several excellent birding areas. I accept limited numbers of birders/photographers at my home "B&B" style. $250 a day (inlcudes lodging and breakfast) -- You can see Varied Thrush, Towhee, Pygmy Owls, Barred Owls, Band-tailed Pigeons, Fox Sparrows and many other NW species on or near my property. Swans and other waterfowl within 7 miles seasonally. EXCELLENT location for photographers (I am one myself). I'm also available for hire on a limited basis please contact for more information.
C Sheridan Sherwood Anytime English
I live on 10 acres woodland area with stream near Portland Oregon and Tualatin River Refuge. I am partially retired and a good birder. Check the backyard bird site for Sherwood for variety of birds in my area.
V Arnold Springfield Anytime English
M Elliott Springfield Weekend English
Live in the foothills of the Willamette Valley near Eugene and also reside on the central Oregon Coast in Oregon. Avid birder travelled throughout the U.S., Mexico, and France.
D Coggswell St. Helens Anytime English
Lower Columbia River. Member of Portland Audubon with add'l contacts.

D Lantz Tigard, Oregon Anytime English
I am very enthusiastic and would love to show you our local birds. Kingfisher, Many migrating water fowl in winter, Sandhill crane. Area:
TVNWR, Sauvie Island, my back Yard.

Area Birds:
Stellar's Jay, Ruby Crowned Kinglet, Golden Crowned Kinglet, Great Horned Owl
Nature: birdwatching, photography, butterflies, swimming, beach, stroll, walking, hiking, car, biking, long walk, canoe, museum, restaurant, vineyard, wine, beer, computer games.


  M Hagedorn Portland, Milwaukie Usually Sundays and Mondays English
  I enjoy sharing our local Portland, Oregon and Willamette Valley hotspots to travelers! I’ve an extra pair of binoculars and a scope. The Valley is rich in bird life with many different habitats, from vast wetlands with cranes to dense woodlands with our unique western warblers and wrens.

If you have hoped for Northwest species please let me know! Nothing better than a handful of lifers. I've been an avid birder since age 10 and a good spotter.
Portland Metro hotspots; Oaks Bottom, Sauvie Island, Mt. Tabor, etc---

Area Birds:
Spring and Fall migration are spectacular in the Willamette Valley!

Bonsai, tango, tiny homes, natural history, hiking, kayaking, books, fountain pens

T Shelmerdine West Linn, Oregon Anytime, with occasional work demands English, Spanish, German
I am a birder with 30 years experience, have led many field trips and own a pelagic tour company.

I am a mostly retired teacher, and so my availability varies.
Sauvie Island, Mt. Hood, Oregon Coast, Tualatin NWR, Ankeny NWR, Santiam Pass

Area Birds:
Neotropical migrants, local breeding birds, waterfowl, sparrows, raptors
Nature: birdwatching

Professional Guides

If you contact a professional Birdingpal guide you must be prepared to pay a fee for guiding services.

Initial Last Name Area Available Language
S Shunk Sisters Anytime English
Birding Central Oregon's Woodpecker Wonderland ... and Beyond

Join professional naturalist Steve Shunk of Paradise Birding on a guided outing in central Oregon's Metolius River basin, where 11 woodpecker species breed annually. The region also hosts an amazing diversity of other breeding species, including Barrow's Goldeneye, Mountain Quail, Northern Goshawk, Flammulated Owl, Vaux's Swift, Calliope Hummingbird, Pinyon Jay, and American Dipper, plus 10 flycatchers, 11 warblers, and 12 sparrows. Up to 9 of the 11 breeding woodpeckers are also present year-round; come see Black-backed and American Three-toed woodpeckers while cross-country skiing!

Steve also leads tours throughout Oregon, including southeastern Oregon's Malheur region, northeastern Oregon's Wallowa Valley, and the spectacular Oregon Coast. Or, you can join Steve on one of many tours across western and southern North America. Steve specializes in small groups (most trips taking a maximum of 7 birders) and a broad focus on bird behavior, natural history, ecology and conservation.

Whether you are a novice birder looking for a quality casual birding experience or a hard-core lister with a target species list, Steve can customize a tour for your interest and ability levels.

Private tours start at $75/person for 4 hours (minimum 2 people) and stretch as long as you want, including multi-day trips to anywhere in North America.

Contact Steve directly with any questions by emailing or calling 541-408-1753.

See you soon!

Local Information
Name Description
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Oregon
Local weather Yahoo
Audubon Society of Corvallis Club
Audubon Society of Lincoln City Club
Audubon Society of Portland Club
Cape Arago Audubon Society Club
East Cascades Audubon Society Club
Kalmiopsis Audubon Society Club
Klamath Basin Audubon Society Club
Lane County Audubon Society Club
Oregon Birding Association Club
Rogue Valley Audubon Society Club
Salem Audubon Society Club
Siskiyou Audubon Society Club
Umpqua Valley Audubon Society Club
The Bird Guide Sites Birding
Oregon Birding Trails Birding
NABA Eugene/Springfield Butterflies
Birding Hotspots around the world Sites