The Old Mill District and the East Cascades Audubon Society are again offering free weekly bird walks in Bend to the public every other Friday, April 5 through May 17.

These free walks are guided by an expert from the local Audubon Society and wind around the trails of the Old Mill District that run along the Deschutes River. The area is a migratory corridor and attracts a host of incredible birds either passing through or as cherished residents. Spring is an excellent time to see all the action with warming weather, nesting and migration.

“These birding walks have become an annual tradition for us to welcome spring, and the return of many of our birds, in the Old Mill District,” said Noelle Fredland, marketing director for the Old Mill District. “It’s a wonderful way for people to enjoy the beauty of the area and the river, while learning from the experts about the role birds play in our ecosystem.”

The bi-weekly, two-hour walks are appropriate for all ages and interested parties, from novices to experienced avian experts. Groups will meet at 10 a.m. at the Ticket Mill in the core of the Old Mill District, where binoculars provided by Leupold are available for checkout. Participants can also pick up a specially designed birding list to help identify birds and some common animals seen along the walk.

Bird Walk dates for 2019 are April 5 & 19 and May 3 & 17. See our Bend event calendar for details and times.