Explore Sauvie Island in search of the magnificent Bald Eagles, hawks, and falcons that spend the winter on the island. On this special day devoted to raptors, experienced naturalists and hawk experts will host activities and answer your questions at four locations around the island. Enjoy guided bird viewing, meet live raptors up close, and sharpen your hawk identification skills. Hot drinks and donuts are available in the morning to keep you warm while you breakfast with the birds.
Begin your self-guided tour at Kruger’s Farm Market, where you'll pick up an event map and illustrated raptor identification guide. The event fee is $10 per vehicle, cash only, and includes a one-day Sauvie Island Wildlife Area parking permit.
To reach Kruger’s, turn right off Highway 30 northbound at the Sauvie Island Bridge and continue straight 1.5 miles (past Howell Territorial Park) to the farm entrance on your right. Carpooling is encouraged.
Spotting scopes and a crash course in raptor identification will be provided at three island viewing locations, along with naturalists to help spot the birds. Bring binoculars and field guides if you have them, and dress for the weather.
The road trip is suitable for birders of all skill levels, and families are welcome! Three of the sites — Howell Territorial Park, Racoon Point, and the Wildlife Viewing Platform — Both Howell Territorial Park and Racoon Point are wheelchair accessible.
What birds will you see during the trip? It all depends on what nature has in store. Frequently sighted raptor species at the three viewing stations include Bald Eagle, American Kestrel, Red-tailed Hawk and Northern Harrier.
With a little luck you might spot a Peregrine Falcon, Merlin, Rough-legged Hawk or Cooper’s Hawk. Spectacular Sandhill Cranes, Snow Geese and Great Blue Herons are also commonly seen at this time of year. At Howell Territorial Park, you are guaranteed to see Audubon’s Education Birds.
Raptor Road Trip is sponsored by Metro, Audubon Society of Portland, and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.