Field Notes

Hike of the Month: Our Lady of Guadalupe Trappist Abbey Trails

This leisurely Carlton hike brings solitude and quietness.

01/06/2022 By Gabriel Granillo

Afterlife

The Hills We Die On

From dedicated spaces to new options at traditional cemeteries to a new human composting law, green burial is on the rise.

01/05/2022 By Emily Gillespie Illustrations by Alessandro Gottardo

Travel & Outdoors

12 Oregon Adventures for 2022

Drive the Oregon Coast, snowshoe at Mount Hood, marvel at the Painted Hills, and more. 2022 is yours for the taking.

12/28/2021 Edited by Gabriel Granillo By Karly Quadros, Katherine Chew Hamilton, Fiona McCann, and Margaret Seiler

Outdoors

Metro Debuts Two New Portland-Area Nature Parks

Newell Creek Canyon and Chehalem Ridge Nature Parks offer hiking and mountain biking trails.

12/23/2021 By Gabriel Granillo

Nature

Where to Go Storm-Watching on the Oregon Coast

From Fort Stevens to Shore Acres, Oregon's coastal storms are on dramatic display throughout the winter.

12/15/2021 By Gabriel Granillo

Field Notes

Hike of the Month: Maple-Wildwood Loop

Forest Park’s six-mile lollipop loop is a stunner in fall, but don’t sleep on it this winter.

12/03/2021 By Gabriel Granillo

Hiking

5 Post-Thanksgiving Hikes around Portland

Skip Black Friday this year and spend your morning at Forest Park, Mt Tabor, and elsewhere

11/23/2021 By Gabriel Granillo

Nature

All Hail the King Tides: What to Know about the Coastal Phenomenon

Now in its 12th year, the Oregon King Tides Project uses crowd-sourced visual documentation to map tidal events and rising sea levels.

11/04/2021 By Gabriel Granillo

Outdoors

What to Do in Oregon in October

Visit Halloweentown, explore PNW hops, learn about mushrooms, and more this spooky season

09/30/2021 By Portland Monthly Staff

Outdoors

Where to Check Out Fall Colors Around Portland

See changing autumnal leaves at Lone Fir Cemetery, Portland Japanese Garden, and beyond.

09/24/2021 By Kate Bryant and Gabriel Granillo

Nature

Fall Bird Migrations in Oregon and Where to Watch Them

Raptors, shore birds, and the fan-favorite Vaux's swifts are moving about the skies these days. Here's where to find them.

09/21/2021 By Gabriel Granillo

Photography

Show Your Love of Portland's Forest Park and Win Some Gear

But hurry up. Pro Photo Supply’s annual Forest Park Conservancy Photography Contest ends September 3.

08/27/2021 By Gabriel Granillo

Outdoors

Looking for a Quick Trip Outdoors? Don’t Sleep on Portland-Area Nature Parks

Explore nature and wildlife at Marquam, Powell Butte, Canemah Bluff, and more.

08/19/2021 By Gabriel Granillo

Garden

Wanna Save the Monarch Butterfly? Plant Some Milkweed.

“While other species are blipping off the planet at an alarming rate, this is one that we can do something about.”

06/15/2021 By Arlo Voorhees

Nature

6 Bugs We Don’t Have to Worry About in Oregon—or Do We?

From Brood X cicadas to murder hornets, a look at what bugs we don’t have much of in the state, though some are on the rise.

05/21/2021 By Margaret Seiler

Outdoors

What’s Blooming? Springtime Plants Are Popping Up in Portland

From daphne to daffodils, don’t miss these eight blooms.

03/12/2021 By Aurora Biggers

Footnotes

LISTEN: The Downtown Crows and Portland's Relationship to Nature

This week we talk about the annual winter crow roost and the conflicts that have emerged.

02/19/2021 By Gabriel Granillo

Light a Fire

At Portland Audubon, There’s Wildlife Rescue, Nature Education, and Environmental Advocacy for All

At our “Caring for the Planet” award winner, it’s always baby bird season.

12/02/2020 By Julia Silverman

Podcasts

The Spotted Owl, the Timber Economy, and the Epic Conflict that Defined Our Forests

Timber Wars host Aaron Scott talks about the new OPB pod, science writing, and the ongoing battle over Pacific Northwest forests.

09/22/2020 By Gabriel Granillo

The Birds

Not All Is Lost: The Vaux Swifts Are Still Roosting In Portland

You can't go see them, thanks to COVID and our foul air. But it helps to know that they are there.

09/15/2020 By Julia Silverman