JANUARY
Scope out more than 90 species of birds at Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden.

FEBRUARY
Hundreds of raptors congregate on Sauvie Island.

MARCH
Trillium blooms in Tryon Creek State Natural Area signal spring.

APRIL
Camas lilies light up Lacamas Lake Park.

MAY
Three-mile seasonal loop trail opens at Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge.

JUNE
Salamanders are out in force at the Audubon Society Sanctuary in Forest Park.

JULY
Fledging peregrine falcons take to the air above Cathedral Park.

AUGUST
Sunsets at Rocky Butte are accompanied by hundreds of orange-winged Lorquin admiral butterflies.

SEPTEMBER
Vaux swifts take roost at Chapman Elementary School.

OCTOBER
Fall chinook salmon return to the Sandy River in Oxbow Regional Park.

NOVEMBER
Clear night skies above Powell Butte offer views of the Leonid meteor shower.

DECEMBER
Strawberry trees bear their white flowers (and sweet red fruit) in Hoyt Arboretum.

This article appeared in the July 2012 issue of Portland Monthly.

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