The early bird gets the worm. To watch that bird, the early bird watcher gets the coffee! Enter, the Birds & Brew Festival on August 22 at Fernhill Wetlands. Two seeming mutually exclusive loves—birds and strong coffee—come together for one day of outstanding wildlife watching tours and good bean brews from Maggie’s Buns. For good measure, Maggie’s famous cinnamon rolls will be on hand, as well.
If you’re coming into town for the Birds & Brew Festival, then why not make a full-fledge wildlife watching weekend out of it? Book a room at the McMenamins Grand Lodge to make your early birding wake up calls a bit easier. Yet another bird (and bird watcher’s) paradise can be found at the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge. With nearly 200 species of birds, the wildlife watching is diverse, ever-changing and always full of beauty. Plan ahead by downloading the refuge’s “Watchable Wildlife” guide (PDF).
Even more birding opportunities are to be found at Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve. The downloadable “Bird Species Checklist” (PDF) keeps birders in the know for capturing in-flight pictures a Great Egret.
To get you in the mood, here are two swoon-worthy Instagram photos taken at the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge in the past weeks:
As you can tell, our bird watching is top-notch as dozens of species pass through our wetlands, forests and rivers during their migration journeys. So, make like the birds and pass through the Tualatin Valley yourself!
With all that bird watching, you might need quite a bit of coffee to keep your momentum going. Never fear! Get the buzz on coffee for lots of good caffeine options.