Mike Houck founded the Urban Greenspaces Institute in 1999 (www.urbangreenspaces.org). He has worked on local, regional, and national urban park and greenspace issues since 1980 when he founded the Audubon Society of Portland's Urban Naturalist Program. He co-edited Wild in the City, a Guide to Portland's Natural Areas (OHS Press, 2000) and Wild in the City, Exploring The Intertwine (OSU Press, 2011). He also produced Wild on the Willamette, Exploring the Lower Willamette River, a guide to the lower 35 miles of the Willamette River. Mike is co-editor of The Routledge Handbook of Urban Ecology, Routledge Handbooks, the UK Man and the Biosphere Committee Urban Forum, London. Most recently he was a founding member of The Intertwine Alliance (www.theintertwine.org) and serves on its board of directors.
Oaks Bottom, Portland’s first urban wildlife refuge, is located on the east bank of the Willamette River opposite the upstream tip of Ross Island. More than 120 migratory or resident species of birds use the Bottom, including bald eagles, peregrine falcons, red-tailed hawks, merlin, and sharp-shinned and Cooper's hawks. …