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Portland's Flyway


More than 200 bird species live or pass through the Portland metropolitan area each year.

© Jim Cruce
Osprey at Nest

© Don Bacus
Yellow Warbler

© Jim Cruce
Common Yellowthroat


Portland's Urban Migratory Bird Program

Portland, Oregon joins four other U.S. cities to protect migratory birds and enhance their habitats within city environments through participation in the Urban Conservation Treaty for Migratory Birds. U.S. Fish & Wildlife selected Portland as a pilot project city due to its location in the Pacific Flyway - providing critical resting, feeding, and nesting habitat for the birds. Participation in this program demonstrates the City of Portland's acknowledgement that migratory birds are an important element of the urban ecosystem and are indicators of the health of the urban environment.


Taking Action for Birds

Other metropolitan organizations partner with the City of Portland to enhance our area's habitats for migratory birds. Join them and others in these activities:

  • Education projects & events

  • Removal of invasive plants

  • Restoration of activities

  • Removal of hazards

Migratory Bird CD


CD coverPortland's Migratory Bird Program participants have created an original recording of songs and stories about migratory birds in the Portland area. It is available for purchase at:

Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center

Tryon Creek State Park Visitor Center

Leach Botanical Garden Gift Shop

Portland Audubon Nature Store

or you can purchase it through Portland Parks & Recreation for $12 plus $2 shipping. Contact us at 503-823-3601.


Global Warming affects Gray Jays

The National Wildlife Federation released results of a study that shows a more northern extension of the range of Gray Jays due to global warming. To see the report, go to http://www.nwf.org/nationalwildlife/article.cfm


Bird-Safe Building Guidelines

New York City Audubon has announced the publication of building guidlines targeted for architects, landscape designers, engineers, policy-makers, and the general public that will help survival of birds in urban environments. The document also describes ways to retrofit existing buildings. Check it out at: http://www.nycaudubon.org/home/BirdSafeBuildingGuidelines.pdf