Birding in Shangrila

April 28, 2017

When: Friday, July 7, 7 to 9 am
Where: Shangrila Wetland Habitat Reserve and Seaside Mill Ponds, Seaside
Led by: Mike Patterson


Join naturalist Mike Patterson for an early-morning birdwatching walk in two Seaside wetland properties conserved by North Coast Land Conservancy. Seventy-acre Shangrila Wetland is connected to the Necanicum River and includes intertidal salt marsh, and tidally influenced freshwater wetlands as well as 50 acres of mature Sitka spruce forested wetland. It is home to a great diversity of birdlife, from rufous hummingbirds to bald eagles. Seaside Mill Ponds is a natural area conserved by NCLC and now managed by the City of Seaside. The ponds are connected to Neawanna Creek and provide habitat for a wide range of wildlife, including migrating salmon. With his keen eye and ear, Mike will help you spot birds and identify and better understand the wildlife and plants that characterize these natural areas. Everyone is welcome, from first-timers to experienced birdwatchers.


MIKE PATTERSON is a biologist, educator, and professional counter of things—birds, butterflies, flowers. “The goal is to take these disparate bits of data, stitch them together, and find some portion of the ecological whole,” he writes. Mike lives in Astoria and blogs about birds and more at


Walk info: We will be walking on mostly level ground, not necessarily on established trails. No toilets on site. Please leave dogs at home.

What to bring: Water and snacks. Please wear sturdy walking shoes and dress for the day’s weather. Bring binoculars if you have them.

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