Birding Resources for the Willamette Valley

The following sources of information may add to your enjoyment of birds along the Willamette Valley Birding Trail. No endorsement of any particular product is implied.

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Field Identification Guides

A field guide will help you to identify birds that you see in the field. The following are among the ones that are commonly used by birders in the Willamette Valley.

Birds Of The Willamette Valley Region
by Harry Nehls, Tom Aversa and Hal Opperman
R.W. Morse Company
Features the 200 bird species most likely to be encountered in the Willamette Valley region. A useful guide for beginning birders in the region.
The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America
by David Allen Sibley
Knopf
Field guide to the birds of western United States and Canada, including many species that might be found in other parts of Oregon.
Kaufman Field Guide to Birds of North America
by Kenn Kaufman
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Identification guide for bird species of the United States and Canada (English edition).
Guia de Campo Kaufman a las aves de Norte-America
by Kenn Kaufman & Hector Gomez de Silva
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Identification guide for bird species of the United States and Canada (Spanish edition).
National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, Fifth Edition
by John L. Dunn and Jonathan Alderfer
Knopf
Comprehensive identification guide for bird species of the United States and Canada, including many birds that are rare to the region.

Birding by Ear

Many bird species are more easily detected and identified by sound than by sight, including regional specialties such as Pacific-slope Flycatcher. The following are among the audio guides that are commonly used by birders in the Willamette Valley.

Bird Sounds of the Willamette Valley, Oregon Recordings of more than 100 species, all recorded in the Willamette Valley so representative of local bird song "dialects."
Birds of Western Oregon 1 & 2 by Eleanor Pugh Cassette tapes of birds from habitats of various elevations in western Oregon. Also available are tapes of wetland bird sounds, and a CD covering 12 habitat types from the Cascades crest to the Pacific Ocean.

Wildlife Refuges, Parks & Natural Areas

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex Baskett Slough, Ankeny, and William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuges (including Snag Boat Bend).
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Tualatin River NWR Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge.
Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife Sauvie Island, Fern Ridge & E.E. Wilson Wildlife areas, statewide wildlife viewing news.
Oregon State Parks State parks and Luckiamute State Natural Area.
Bureau of Land Management, Eugene District BLM lands and recreation sites in southern Willamette Valley.
Bureau of Land Management, Salem District BLM lands and recreation sites in mid-Willamette Valley.
Portland District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Cottage Grove, Dorena, Fern Ridge, Fall Creek, & Foster Reservoirs and recreation sites.

Birding Organizations

Audubon Society of Portland Field trips and bird information for Portland metro area.
Salem Audubon Society Field trips and bird information for Salem area.
Audubon Society of Corvallis Field trips and bird information for Corvallis & Albany area.
Lane County Audubon Society Field trips and bird information for Eugene, Springfield & Cottage Grove areas.
Oregon Field Ornithologists Statewide checklist and rare-bird records.
Oregon Birding Trails Statewide network of birding trails including the neighboring Oregon Coast and Oregon Cascades birding trails.

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