Birdwatch in the Dunes

April 20, 2018

When: Friday, June 22, 7 am to 9 am
Where: Yeon Easement, Warrenton
Led by: Mike Patterson and Steve Warner


Join naturalists Mike Patterson and Steve Warner for an early-morning birdwatching walk at the Yeon Easement, 106 acres of coastal dunes owned by the National Park Service and stewarded by North Coast Land Conservancy. With his keen eye and ear, Mike will help you spot birds and identify and better understand the other wildlife and plants that characterize this habitat reserve. 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

STEVE WARNER has always had a love of the ocean. In 1970 he completed his bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of Oregon and, that same year, moved to Clatsop County. He has been a supporter of North Coast Land Conservancy for 30 years. Steve has spent many hours in the field with Astoria naturalist Mike Patterson, assisting him with surveys of coastal plants and wildlife. Steve enjoys birding, surfing and—when the sun shines—chasing butterflies.

Walk info: We will be walking across meadows, on gravel roads, and on trails, mostly but not entirely level and with uneven footing at times. 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.

This program is free, but registration is required.

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