***In accordance with COVID-19 prevention guidelines from the Governor of Oregon, all events and gatherings greater than 25 people, including Lincoln City Exploriences, are being restricted through April 17, 2020. This page will continue to be updated as additional information is available.***
Bird-lovers can flock to this Explorience hosted by the Lincoln City Audubon Society to learn about coastal birds and their natural habitat.
This bird-watching adventure starts with a brief overview with our local experts and is followed by a guided walk at a variety of locations in and around Lincoln City. You'll witness an abundance of wildlife such as egrets, osprey and pelicans, along with countless other majestic creatures.
Bird Watching Exploriences begin at 9 AM and last for two hours. This program is free and registration is not required. Locations for each date are listed below.
Saturday, July 11, 2020 @ 9 am
Friday, August 7, 2020 @ 9 am
Friday, September 11, 2020 @ 9 am
Friday, October 9, 2020 @ 9 am
Saturday, November 14, 2020 @ 9 am
Friday, December 5, 2020 @ 9 am
July 11 - SE 3rd Street Park: Join us for a walk through the newest Lincoln City Park. We will enjoy the new trails while we look for nesting songbirds and raptors.
August 7 - Alder Island Nature Trail: This easy one-mile trail loops through riparian and wetland habitat along the Siletz River. Look for Warbling Vireo, a variety of warblers, raptors, Great Blue Herons, and Great Egrets. Meet in the parking lot on the east side of Hwy 101 at the south end of the Siletz River Bridge.
September 11 - The Villages Open Space and Roads End State Park: This easy stroll takes you through meadows, woods, and marshes ultimately arriving at the ocean beach. You should see fall arriving song and shorebirds, raptors, and more. Easy walk, family-friendly. Meet at the culdesac at the north end of NE Devil’s Lake Blvd, off Hwy 101 north of Lincoln City.
October 9 - Salishan Nature Trail: A walk along Siletz Bay and on to the ocean beaches on the Salishan Nature Trail. This is an easy, family-friendly walk. Siletz Bay is a winter resting grounds for thousands of waterfowl including Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, American Wigeon, with the possibility of an Eurasian Wigeon. Bald Eagles often put on a show and Great Blue Herons and Great Egrets are always present. Meet in the west marketplace parking area at Salishan Resort, south of Lincoln City on Hwy 101.
November 14 - Cascade Head Scenic Area: This walk along the Salmon River wanders through woodlands, marsh, and riverbanks. Look for grebes, gulls, cormorants, waterfowl, and raptors. Meet in the parking lot at Knight Park, which is on the west end of Three Rocks Rd just north of Lincoln City.
December 5 - Regatta Park & Devils Lake: Walk through the woods looking for wintering songbirds, then check the lake for waterfowl and Bald Eagles that live and hunt here. Meet in the Regatta Park parking lot, which is about ½ mile east of Hwy 101 off NE 14th St. The driveway is difficult to see, so watch for the huge silver dragon.
Weather and ocean conditions can be unpredictable on the Oregon Coast. Please practice caution and mindfulness while participating in the Exploriences.
Discover Lincoln City's Exploriences program, a series of free, hands-on learning events led by local experts. Not only will you enjoy a richer experience during your visit, you'll also be eligible to get some "members only" benefits. Check out all of our Exploriences.
Explore Lincoln City is proud to partner with the Audubon Society and Lincoln City Parks & Recreation to offer free Bird Watching Exploriences. Oregon’s youngest Audubon chapter, the Audubon Society of Lincoln City, has been active in educating young and old about birds, wildlife and their habitats along the central Oregon Coast. It presents in-school “Wild About Birds” classroom programs at elementary schools in Tillamook and Lincoln counties. It also offers “Basic Birding” adult classes at the Oregon Coast Community College three times a year at the Lincoln City campus.
The Audubon Society offers bird walks at locations as far north as Tillamook Bay, as far east as Baskett Slough off Rte 22 near Dallas, OR, and as far south as Seal Rock, and all along the central Oregon Coast.