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Portland Events Blog: This Week in Portland, January 25, 2014

Hello, Portlanders.   This blog's for the birds.  Both Michael Barton and Earl R. Thomas uploaded Portland area bird watching photos to the site this week.  It got me thinking about the robins I have already seen perched in the tree in front of my house.  Back when I was house hunting, my realtor took me to several homes in my price range, none of which were very inspiring because old homes in Portland can be both very expensive and in need of major work.  So, I kept looking for the right house.

One day, while driving up a street in NE Portland, I saw a 'for sale' sign and pulled over in front of an old Victorian cottage. Perched on the very top of the roof gable was a fat red robin, twittering away.  I fell in love with the home in an instant, and several months later moved in (where I have lived happily ever since).  Yep, it's an old house and it still needs work, but that little robin didn't lead me astray:  this was the perfect home for me.  Since then, I have enjoyed the robins every spring, flocks of little yellow finches in my bamboo, and the hum of hummingbird wings in my backyard haven each summer.  In spite of living in an urban city environment, there are always plenty of birds around to enjoy.

Photo by Michael Barton
Photo by Michael Barton

If you would like to get out and do some bird watching in Portland, then check out the Audubon Society and their birding hot spots list:

Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge is a great option.  Bird photos by Michael Barton.


Bird photos by Michael Barton

Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge

Directions: From Portland, drive south on US 99E. Exit at the Sellwood and Milwaukie exit, turn right, and after a short distance, turn right again into the trailhead parking lot.

Highlights: Portland's first city wildlife refuge. Good location to see spring migrants. Great Blue Heron, the official city bird, are common. Nesting area for Green Heron, Spotted Sandpiper, Wood Duck, Western Screech Owl, Bushtit, and Rufous Hummingbird.

Best times to visit: Spring, Fall, and Winter.

For more information: Portland Parks and Recreation, 503.823.4404

Hummingbird by Michael Barton

Hummingbird photo by Michael Barton

Photo by Michael Barton

Oaks Bottom Wildlife refuge, photo by Michael Barton

Audubon Outings: Free Field Trips

From  Portland Audubon members and the general public are invited to attend our volunteer-led field trips listed to the left. Unless otherwise indicated, there is no need to pre-register. You can just show up, dressed for the weather, at the time and place indicated.

Who can attend?
People with all levels of natural history experience, from beginning to expert, are welcome unless otherwise stated (which is rare!). Our volunteers love to bird watch and love to share their enjoyment and knowledge with others.  

While there is no fee for our field trips, we expect participants to carpool and share costs with the driver. Carpooling is encouraged for conservation of energy resources and enhanced sociability. Wear your binoculars so people can identify you, especially when the leader will not be present.

We advise checking road conditions before any winter trip.

Call 1-800-977-6368 or 503-976-7277.

When do trips take place?
Magpie Trips, which are marked by a Magpie icon, are mostly weekday excursions. All other outings usually take place on the weekend.

For more information or comments call Audubon Society of Portland at 503-292-6855.

Audubon Kid's Day

January 25, 2014 is Audubon Kid's Day

Come join Audubon staff as we host a day just for kids. We’ll have free activities and projects based on many of our most popular Summer Camp programs, including animal tracking, archery and many nature-based art activities. Join the fun!

Pre-registration is required for children who want to participate in our archery demonstration, where kids will get to shoot with Audubon staff. Registration is not required for other event activities but secures a limited number of archery spots.

Please register online.

Historic Hwy 30 in the Columbia River Gorge

Historic Columbia River Highway: let me share this amazing historic stretch of road with you...

While I'm sure most Oregonians have heard of it AND many tourists for that matter is a piece of Oregon history that is very close to my heart. I visited this stretch of highway over thirteen years ago, have gone backpacking and hiking in the Gorge sections of it and never ever tire of exploring it as often as I can.

While I've yet to experience it in 'winter' I was editing photos recently and TRUTH BE TOLD and I'm admitting it here firsthand I'm sharing it with you on 'this' day because I'm trying to get the 'chill' out of my bones. NOW then, I'll be the first to say that it has not been cold for me until just recently...true story!! Born and raised in Texas and having spent nine years in Colorado prior to moving to Oregon I was still not 'feeling' the winter chill. WELL now, again...firsthand I'm admitting it to you here and now. Brrrrrrr. All that aside, I've been wanting to visit the Gorge during winter because I've been seeing several photos pop up of the FROZEN over Multnomah Falls. Props to the lucky peeps that are getting photos such as this. The photos I'm sharing with you here are from last year...and YES, it's only to get the 'chill' off yet to also share something you really should get out to do regardless of the season. I can promise you that I've visited in all other seasons.

See there, see how I did that. Tevas, dress, sun...all good....chill is gone....WHEW. After all, we are all longing for days of spring to return. OH WAIT....who am I kidding...we've had the most AMAZING winter with sunny days and amazing temps. I didn't say that too loud....Mother Nature and her magic wand and all.

The Historic Columbia River Highway is a marvel all on its own. It truly is.

It is 74.1 miles in length.

Major junctions: West end - Troutdale/Bridge of the Gods (Cascade Locks)

East end - US 30 in the Dalles (pronunced 'owels' not 'ales - another article altogether)

Constructed between 1913-1922

It was the first planned scenic roadway in the United States.

Part of the Oregon Trail and traveled by thousands of immigrants to the Oregon Territory.

YES, we're talking wagons with horses AND some of the first Model T's.

*some info above extracted from Wikipedia*

There has been some construction since I visited over thirteen years ago as I recall driving in older sections of the 'original' road. You can no longer drive on some of those more historic sections yet the new construction does allow for passage so you don't miss a beat. I am very grateful that I was privy to the 'older' sections so long ago.

Why YES, I would be 'that' photographer who photographs strangers in front of waterfalls.

Who knows, he might just be reading this from somewhere one day and thank me.



No shortage of waterfalls along this historic route.

The route alone will offer you MANY from just your car or parking area or short hike. And PLEASE get the heck out of your car when traveling down this historic route. You've driven from all over the U.S. and even just in the Pacific Northwest alone, we Portlanders love to visit often.

The 'not so-frozen' Multnomah Falls.

I could have very easily shared MANY waterfall photos with you this time around. As a photographer I take over 500+ photos (easily) each time I take an adventure. The editing is another story altogether.

Plain and simple: PLEASE add this trip to your list this year. It is about a 30-45 mile drive from Portland depending on where you're coming from. It's a day trip. Pack a picnic, a camera, hiking shoes (to get to some waterfalls) and your favorite peeps. NOT to be rushed. Take your time, it's a lovely drive through our very scenic Gorge that we are very proud of.

AND if you can snap a photo of the falls frozen over, props to YOU.

I leave you with Multnomah Falls spilling into the chimney of the Multnomah Falls Lodge.

Best wishes for an adventurous weekend ahead.

Cheers, Rachel

....notes from a nomad.

Portland Photo of the Week

Each week we select a member-uploaded photo as the Portland Photo of the Week. Earl R Thomas takes the photo win again this week with this amazing photo of not one, but two eagles hanging out in a tree in Lyle, WA.

Eagles by Earl R Thomas

But that's not all the eagles in the tree.  Can you find the eagles?

Find the eagles by Earl R THomas

Upload your photos to the Portland Photo Album for a chance to win a gift certificate to a local Portland bookstore (ahem...Powell's) a coffee shop, or restaurant.

Featured Portland Events this Week

Each week, we feature a handful of member-added Portland events to the blog.  You can always add your own Portland events directly to the Portland events calendar.  Visit


January 31, 2014 at 8pm to February 1, 2014 at 8pm – Former Rexel/Taylor Electric Supply Building Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre/Northwest presents: Ragnarok. An outdoor site-specific dance performance choreographed and directed by Heidi Duckler at the former Rexel/Taylor Electric Supply Building at Organized by Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre/Northwest | Type: dance, performanc

2014 Wizard World Portland Comic Con

January 24, 2014 at 3pm to January 26, 2014 at 5pm – Oregon Convention Center Stan Lee, Norman Reedus, WWE® Superstar CM Punk®, William Shatner, Ron Perlman and Adam West are among the hundreds of celebrities and industry professionals at the 2014 Wizard World Portland Comic C Organized by Jerry Milani | Type: pop, culture, convention

PDX Asian Food Market Tour -- 1/25/14

January 25, 2014 from 11:30am to 3:30pm – given after registration Join Chef2Go’s tour of Portland’s east side Asian food markets. Just in time to take advantage of all the delicacies for the Lunar New Year. Explore some of the best mom and pop markets to shop for f Organized by Tamara Gilbert | Type: tour

Saturday Imbibing Tour

January 25, 2014 from 12pm to 4pm – Portland Breweries - Coalition, Hopworks (HUB), Burnside & Lompoc Side Bar Our Saturday Imbibing tour is a good mix of learning about beer and the brewing process and having a great time. The tour visits four different Portland breweries, but we only get one, very detailed Organized by Brewvana -Portland Brewery Tours | Type: brewery tour

Saturday Brew Lovers Tour

January 25, 2014 from 12:30pm to 3:30pm – Portland Breweries - PDX U-Brew, Breakside Milwaukie, Sasquatch Brewing The tour visits three different Portland breweries. Our first spot is a home-brew supply store and facility called Portland U-Brew where you can brew your own beer and buy supplies to do so!  We then Organized by Brewvana -Portland Brewery Tours | Type: brewery tour

8th Annual Burns Supper

January 25, 2014 from 6pm to 10pm – Portland State University Celebrating the life and poetry of the great Scottish bard Robert Burns. Tickets on sale at 503-725-4911 or Please join us for a traditional Burns Supper featuring The Rose and th Organized by Donna Harris | Type: burns, supper, fundraiser, whisky, tasting, celtic, band,

Audubon Outings: Free Field Trips

November 2, 2013 to November 2, 2014Local Area Parks Audubon Outings: Free Field Trips Wilson's Warbler - Scott Carpenter Portland Audubon members and the general public are invited to attend our volunteer-led field trips listed to the left. Unless Organized by Portland Audubon Society | Type: outdoor

Cuentame Coyote

January 9, 2014 at 7:30pm to January 25, 2014 at 10pm – Milagro Theatre Journey through cold and dark desert nights with two cousins desperately dreaming of a better future beyond the iron fence that marks la frontera. Fleeing sorrow and hopelessness, they follow coyotes Organized by Martin Milagro | Type: theatre

Portland Revels Winter Pub Sing in honor of Poet Robert Burns

January 26, 2014 from 6:30pm to 9pm – Lucky Lab Beer Hall While trivial pursuit games and spelling bees are gaining popularity as pub entertainments to accompany brew sipping, Revelers have long known and practiced the heartening benefits of community singi Organized by Debby Garman, Portland Revels | Type: community, sing-a-long

Echo Us Live At Jimmy Mak's

January 28, 2014 from 6pm to 11pm – Jimmy Mak's Echo Us performs their acoustic blend of World / Folk / Classical fusion, opening for The Mel Brown Septet. Echo Us is an Independent Music Award-Winning (Best Eclectic) studio project, and live duo Organized by Jimmy Mak's | Type: musical, performance

Featured Portland Real Estate Deals

by Ross Seligman

Every week Ross features five great Portland houses for sale.  It's a little real estate eye candy for those in the market for a new home in Portland.  Whether your style is a Portland bungalow, med century modern, or a Pearl District loft, there's probably something for you.  Here's the set of home deals for the week:

The Best Deals in Portland This Week:

January 20th - January 27th

1.  2225 NE 45TH AVE Portland, OR 97213



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2. 2812 SE MORELAND LN Portland, OR 97202



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3. 841 SW GAINES ST Portland, OR 97239



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4. 1724 SE 56TH AVE Portland, OR 97215



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5. 4915 NE MULTNOMAH ST Portland, OR 97213



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Visit our website where you can contact us and search all Portland metro area homes for sale and real estate from the RMLS, including neighborhood and school information:

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