5 Favorite Pacific Northwest Birds and How to Find Them

On a fine Tuesday morning in the Pacific Northwest, if you asked me what my favorite birds are I would say “the towhees I saw on the path to work.”

During the summer, it’s probably the shorebird I could find on the beach. But when I’m feeling restless for a fun-loving songbird, it’s that tiny always present kinglet.

towhee singing
Spotted Towhee

The point is—I don’t exactly have 5 rigidly defined favorite Pacific Northwest birds.

But with the variety of habitats in the northwest, it’s not a bad thing to have a favorite bird for every occasion.

Austin Schuver pacific northwest bird guide

Wi-Fi in Wild Spaces? No thank you.

Imagine camping in a national park. Do you picture sitting around a smoldering campfire enjoying gooey s’mores and planning tomorrow’s hike? Me too. But a team of Trump-appointed advisors wants to modernize that outdated scene.

Earlier this month, The Guardian reported that an advisory committee pitched a plan to “upgrade” national park campgrounds with Wi-Fi, food trucks, and even Amazon deliveries. America’s Best Idea is too old-fashioned, they argued. It must join the rest of us in the 21st century. Their new proposal begs the question: do the national parks need a technological revolution? 

Before diving into the downsides of the recommendations, I should acknowledge that the committee proposed some much-needed improvements: more campsites designed for extended families, improved partnership and planning with gateway communities, and better equipment rentals in the national parks. But the detractors in their proposal far outweigh its bright spots. 

Yosemite National Park Night Sky
The starry night sky from Yosemite National Park’s volunteer campground. The only light pollution here was from a campfire.
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Calendars are back for 2020!

Last November, I started a new holiday tradition: poring over thousands of my latest nature photos to nominate 12 favorites to adorn the pages of a luxurious wall calendar.

Friends loved the calendars so much that I had to bring them back for 2020.

2020 Calendars

  • Full-size original bird and landscape photographs matching the seasons with descriptions and locations included

  • Flip style wall calendar, 11″ x 17″, printed on thick, premium paper

  • Special holidays included like World Water Day and National Public Lands Day (when you can visit National Parks for free!)

  • $30 each

A holiday gift

Last season, these calendars sold out before Christmas.

To keep prices down, I order calendars in batches. I’ll have two batches: one placed on December 5 and one in mid-January. If you want your calendar for the holidays, order before December 5.

Spread the love and get $10 off

Ordering a calendar for a friend or relative and one for yourself? Don’t feel guilty. This year, if you order more than one calendar, I’ll give you $10 off your order.

Ordering more than 5 calendars? Contact me and I’ll give you a discountspreading kindness and the value of conservation is more important than money.

It looks and feels great—the extra-large pages, the texture of the paper, and the detail in the special days—the calendar was a favorite all year long.

Order Your Calendars

Next Steps

To calculate your payment, multiply the number of calendars by $30, add the cost of shipping, and subtract $10 if you ordered more than one calendar. You will receive an order confirmation within 48 hours.

To pay online: use Paypal or find me on Venmo at Austin-Schuver.

Questions? Contact me. When you get your calendar—please let me know what you think on Facebook, Instagram, or leave a review on this site!

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