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March 9, 2024 – Ford’s Pond Bird Field Trip

March 9 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Birding Ford's Pond with spotting scopes

Umpqua Valley Audubon’s

A Year of Birding at Ford’s Pond.

March 9, 2024 – Monthly Bird Field Trip.

Come out of your cozy nests, and enjoy the morning with us!

  9 am – No registration needed

The official first day of Spring is March 19 (Spring Equinox). The sun will rise exactly east and set exactly due west. The real date for sunlight and nighttime equality occurs 3-4 days before the equinox due to the fact that the earth’s atmosphere refracts sunlight upward.  Bird migration will begin to get going in March with the peak in May.

A special welcome to the Thrive Umpqua Community Well-Being Challenge Participants

who can count our walks as approved events now!

Meet: 9 am at Ford’s Pond parking lot -382 Church Rd, Sutherlin. From I-5 take Exit 136, drive west on Hwy 138 and at 1 mile, turn left onto Church Rd. The walk will be approximately 2 hours long. Participants can leave when they need to. Water-proof shoes such as mud boots are highly recommended.

Additional Info:  People new to birding are always welcome to join in, as are families with children.  Loaner binoculars are available for adults and children. We will have local volunteer birders in attendance, but we also encourage the group to help spot and ID birds. We walk at a slow pace, stopping often to observe birds.

Accessibility and trail conditions: Currently the ADA accessible paved pathway is halfway around the pond. It will be completed at some point during our year of birding. We walk on the south side of Ford’s Pond where it is more “birdy” but where the paved path doesn’t exist yet. The path is wide and grassy, but it has areas of ruts that are holding water. A porta-potty is available at the Church Rd parking lot until the ADA restrooms are completed.

For questions/info: contact Stacy Burleigh at

Next Dates: Apr. 13, 2024, May 11, 2024,June 8, 2024, July 13, 2024, Aug. 10, 2024, Sept. 14, 2024.



March 9
9:00 am - 11:00 am
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Ford’s Pond
382 Church Road
Sutherlin, Oregon
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