Books and Maps

Wild in the City, A Guide to Portland's Natural Areas

Mike Houck and M. J. Cody co-edited Wild in the City, a Guide to Portland's Natural Areas, a joint publication of the Audubon Society of Portland and the Oregon Historical Society Press.

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imageA comprehensive guide to the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan region's natural areas, Wild In the City was published by the Oregon Historical Society Press in collaboration with the Audubon Society of Portland's Urban Conservation program. Organized by watersheds, Wild In The City emphasizes ecological linkages among natural areas and offers almost 100 site guides with detailed maps to natural spaces, trails, waterways, parks, golf courses and even cemeteries where significant habitat or other natural history features can be viewed. The book is interspersed with engaging, lively natural history essays and colorful "tidbits" of information written by experts in their fields and those who have an intimate knowledge of the sites and natural history.

imageWild in the City gives the reader an uncommon look at local geology, flora, fauna and seasonal changes. It also includes a calendar that provides the reader with must-see natural history events throughout the year, such as the return of bald eagles to their winter roost, the gathering of Vaux's swifts in the fall, and spring wildflowers.

Wild in the City is a compilation from a variety of dedicated volunteer naturalists throughout the metropolitan region who have contributed to the Audubon Society's quarterly publication,The Urban Naturalist, since 1982, when the Audubon Society of Portland began its nationally recognized Urban Naturalist program. It is a must-have reference book and field guide for birdwatchers, hikers and nature enthusiasts who want to know where the best natural areas, trails and wildlife-viewing opportunities are throughout the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan region. It is available at the Audubon Society of Portland Nature Store. Cost: $21.95.

imageWild on the Willamette, Exploring the Lower Willamette River

A joint production of the Urban Greenspaces Institute and the Audubon Society Portland, this map and guide explores the bicycle and pedestrian trails, kayak and canoe access points, and natural history highlights of the lower 35-mile reach of the Willamette River between the Canby Ferry and the river's confluence with the Columbia at Kelley Point Park.

Wild on the Willamette, Exploring the Lower Willamette River has garnered numerous graphic-design awards, recognizing the contributions of graphic designer Laurie Causgrove of Laurie Causgrove Graphic Design, and artist Marla Bagetta. The map can be purchased through the Audubon Society of Portland's Nature Store.