"She kneels down, and from the quietness of copper reaches out. We take that stillness into ourselves, and somewhere deep in the earth our breath becomes her city. If she could speak this is what she would say: Follow that breath. Home is the journey we make. This is how the world knows where we are." ~Portlandia statue poem, Ronald Talney
The Hazing of Portland’s Crow Roost
Vaux’s Swifts roost by the thousands in the chimney of a Portland school each fall, a cherished gift of natural splendor and fascinating migratory phenomenon that draws families and naturalists alike together to marvel and study the birds.
Similarly, thousands of American Crows come to downtown Portland each winter to roost together, a stunning nightly rendezvous that is an essential survival strategy. Communal winter roosting by crows is likely as old as the species itself--and is now being intentionally disrupted by Portland Clean & Safe.
We invite you to read, learn and consider joining our efforts to support Portland's Urban Crow Roost.
The Mercury's feature story about the roost & our community science project Portland Mercury Dec 20, 2018
Oregon Public Broadcasting January 5, 2019
Portland, Oregon 97201, United States
Year-round, sunset to sunrise, in numbers exceeding 14K at its winter peak. Most recent location of roost @ blue pin, below.
March 6, 2019: Woodstock Neighborhood Assn; Woodstock Community Center
October 1, 2019 Homestead Neighborhood Assn; OHSU
October 8, 2019: SW Neighborhood Assn; Multnomah Arts Center
November 16, 2019: Portsmouth Neighborhood Assn; Portsmouth Union Church