Home is the Journey They Make

"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

Stillness in the City--Disrupted

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.

Site Content

History of the Portland Roost


Of hype and hazing

Community Science Project


Our story and project

Support Your Local Crow


Call to action

Calendar of Migration

Portland Urban Crow Roost Migration Calendar

Seasonal movement in and out of Pdx

Other Urban Roosts


Roosts around North America

Selected References

Research on crow roosts, citations, references

Where we get our information



In the News:

"Portland’s Crows Are Back. So Are the Laser-Guided Hawks That Scare Them Off," Portland Mercury Dec 20, 2018.    <>   "Murder Stats: Mapping The Influx Of Roosting Crows In Portland," Oregon Public Broadcasting Jan 5, 2019.    <>    "Have you seen all those crows bedding down on the branches?" Portland Tribune Nov 11, 2019.      <>    "Gary Granger Roams Portland Streets at Night, Counting Crows,"  Willamette Week Dec 11, 2019.

Portland Crow Roost

Portland, Oregon 97201, United States

Year-round, sunset to sunrise, in numbers exceeding 18K at its winter peak. Most recent location of roost @ blue pin, below.

Talking Crow: "The Gathering Thousands" Presentation

2019:  March 6th: Woodstock Neighborhood Assn; Woodstock Community Center; October 1st:  Homestead Neighborhood Assn; OHSU; October 8th: SW Neighborhood Assn; Multnomah Arts Center; November 16th: Portsmouth Neighborhood Assn;  Portsmouth Union Church

Upcoming in 2020:  January 22nd: Reed College; January 27: Senior Studies Institute;  February  7th & 8th: Two Rivers Bookstore (SOLD OUT); Feb 28th Amazon Web Services (private)

Contact us about our community science project!