Birdwatch the Water’s Edge

April 23, 2018

When: Saturday, July 28, 7 to 9 am
Where: Stanley Marsh, Seaside
Led by: Mike Patterson and Steve Warner


Join naturalist Mike Patterson for an early-morning birdwatching walk at Stanley Marsh, part of North Coast Land Conservancy’s Thompson Creek and Stanley Marsh Habitat Reserve.  Stanley Marsh is part of the Neawanna Creek estuarine system and provides important habitat for songbirds, waterfowl, raptors, and many other kinds of birds and wildlife. 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 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.

This program is free, but registration is required.

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