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November 13, 2014
Ducky At Dawn Walks
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service invites you to participate in a free bird watching event called Ducky at Dawn. Sunday morning at dawn throughout the month of November, wildlife refuge volunteer Lee Sliman will staff the sheltered bird observation deck at Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Six different kinds of goose along with thousands of ducks rest and feed in and around the pastures of the wildlife refuge. It’s an ideal time to see fall colors and fields covered in waterfowl of all shapes and sizes. Spotting scopes, binoculars and seating in the covered shelter will be provided to make your birding event easy.

So bundle up, bring a hot beverage, relax and before you know it those geese that ‘all looked alike’ will take on separate identities. Meet in the lower parking lot at the bird observation deck. This event is fun for the entire family.

Ducky At Dawn Offered:

November 9rd 7:30 am
November 16th 7:45 am
November 23th 8:00 am
November 30th 8:15 am


Directions:
Nestucca Bay NWR is located on the west side of Highway 101 approximately six miles south of Pacific City. To visit the refuge turn west off Highway 101 onto Christensen Road and proceed a half-mile to the lower parking lot. For more information contact volunteer Lee Sliman at 503-812-6392.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 11:11 AM
October 29, 2014
Holiday Wreath Making Workshop
As winter and the holidays approach, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service invites you to participate in a free holiday wreath making workshop. Refuge volunteer and master wreath maker Lee Sliman will teach you how to combine conifers and shrubs, native to Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge, into a beautiful wreath that is yours to keep. Holiday wreaths are beautiful, easy to make, and a fun and engaging activity for the whole family.

"We always have a great time at the wreath-making workshops and I was very impressed at the talent of the visitors. I’m excited to work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to host the workshops again this year and because of their popularity we’ve added a 3rd workshop to our calendar," said Refuge Volunteer Lee Sliman.

December 7 from 12:00 – 2:30 PM at the Connie Hansen Garden
December 13 from 10:30 AM – 1 PM at Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge
December 14 from 10:30 AM – 1 PM at Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Workshops will use greens from native trees and shrubs like Western red cedar, Douglas Fir, Western hemlock, Sitka spruce, and Salal. All materials are provided free of charge courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and include fresh-cut greens, wreath ring, wires, and ribbons. Bring special decorating items to personalize your wreath if you have them. Pruning shears or gardening gloves are encouraged. The workshops at the wildlife refuge are free; however, the workshop held at the Connie Hansen Garden will ask for a $5 donation to cover the cost of the room rental. Pre-registration is required as space and supplies are limited. Register by contacting refuge volunteer Lee Sliman at (503) 812-6392.

Directions:
Nestucca Bay NWR is located on the west side of Highway 101 approximately six miles south of Pacific City. To visit the refuge turn west off Highway 101 onto Christensen Road and proceed a half-mile to the lower parking lot. Workshop attendees will meet here.

The Connie Hansen Garden Conservancy is located off of Highway 101 in Lincoln City. To visit the Garden, turn west onto 33rd street, proceed 0.1 miles and the Garden will be on the right.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 3:34 PM
September 30, 2014
Service Opens Duck Hunting at Nestucca Bay NWR
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is providing an opportunity for hunters to harvest ducks and coots on a portion of Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge). "Duck hunting has been not been offered on any part of Nestucca Bay Refuge since it was established in 1991, but now we are opening 141 acres to this wildlife-dependent opportunity which helps fulfill refuge objectives developed as part of the Nestucca Bay Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan," stated Roy Lowe, Project Leader for the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

Specifically, the Service will begin allowing hunting of ducks and coots on October 11, 2014 on 108 acres of Brooten Marsh and 33 acres at the mouth of Little Nestucca River of the Nestucca Bay Refuge. A previous version of the news release stated an incorrect opening date for duck hunting season. The Service will allow hunting on these refuge lands seven days per week in accordance with State and Federal regulations. Hunters can access refuge lands two hours before sunrise and up to one hour after sunset. Goose hunting will remain closed on all lands within Nestucca Bay Refuge to provide sanctuary for wintering Canada geese.

Brooten Marsh is a salt marsh located where the Nestucca River joins the Little Nestucca River. Hunters can access the area either by boat or walking in from a pull-out along Brooten Road near the southeast corner of the marsh. Access to the mouth of the Little Nestucca River is only possible by boat.

State hunting license requirements apply to duck and coot hunting on the refuge. Refuge regulations prohibit the construction of permanent blinds on any portion of the Refuge; however, hunters may use portable blinds or build temporary blinds from on-site dead vegetation or driftwood. Temporary blinds and decoys must be removed from the Refuge following each day's hunt, and only federally approved non-toxic shot may be transported and used on the Refuge. The 2014-2015 Oregon Game Bird Regulations can be reviewed at www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/hunting/waterfowl. For more information or to view a map of the areas open to hunting, visit the Nestucca Bay Refuge website (www.fws.gov/oregoncoast/nestuccabay/index.htm) or call the Refuge Manager at 541-867-4550.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 11:19 AM
November 12, 2013
Wreath making workshop at Nestucca Bay NWR
Contact: Lee Sliman, 503-812-6392

As winter and the holidays approach, Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge invites you to join the refuge’s holiday wreath making workshop. Come join refuge volunteers and learn how to combine native conifers and shrubs into a beautiful wreath that is yours to keep. Wreaths are beautiful, easy to make, and are a fun activity for the whole family.

"We had a great time at last year’s wreath-making workshops and the wreaths created were beautiful and unique. We ‘re excited to host the workshops again this year and because of their popularity last year we’ve added a 3rd workshop to our calendar," said Volunteer in Residence Lee Sliman. As an experienced wreath maker, Sliman leads the workshops.

Three workshops will be held in early December:
-December 1st 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Workshop is free

-December 7th 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Workshop is free

-December 8th 12:00 PM – 2:30PM
Connie Hansen Garden, 1931 NW 33rd St, Lincoln City
$5 donation

Workshops held at beautiful Nestucca Bay NWR will also include a short interpretive walk to learn about the materials used in wreath making and are free of charge. For workshops held at the Connie Hansen Garden, a $5 donation to the Garden is requested.

All materials are provided, including fresh-cut greens, ring, wires, and ribbons; you may also bring special decorating items to personalize your wreath. If you have a pair of pruning shears or gardening gloves, we encourage you to bring them. Workshop attendees should wear warm, comfortable clothing. The option to donate wreaths to Samaritan House Family Shelter will be available.

Pre-registration is required as space and supplies are limited. Register by contacting refuge volunteer Lee Sliman at (503) 812-6392.

Directions:
Nestucca Bay NWR is located on the west side of Highway 101 approximately six miles south of Pacific City. To visit the refuge turn west off Highway 101 onto Christensen Road and proceed a half-mile to the lower parking lot. Workshop attendees will meet here.

The Connie Hansen Garden Conservancy is located off of Highway 101 in Lincoln City. To visit the Garden, turn west onto 33rd street, proceed 0.1 miles and the Garden will be on the right.

To obtain the current schedule for the refuge please visit our website events page at http://www.fws.gov/oregoncoast/calendar/index.cfm, as changes can occur. For more information please contact Lee Sliman at 503-812-6392 or at namilseel@gmail.com.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 10:36 AM

Nestucca NWR closed on September 13th
Nestucca Bay NWR will be closed to the public on Friday September 13th to allow safe ignition and management of a prescribed burn on the Cannery Hill Unit of the refuge. The burn is being conducted to assist in preparing a seed bed for native coastal prairie restoration. Christensen Road will be closed at the intersection with Highway 101. The refuge will reopen to the public by Saturday September 14.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 4:06 PM
September 6, 2013
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Protects Iconic Headland
Partnership Permanently Protects Iconic Oregon Coast Headland for People & Nature

The Nature Conservancy in Oregon and the Pacific Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that an agreement has been reached with the Jesuit Novitiate in Sheridan, Ore., to conserve the 102.53-acre Jesuit property located on Cannery Hill overlooking Nestucca Bay. Ownership of the property has been transferred to the Service from the Jesuits.

The property will be protected as a part of the 1,202-acre Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge and combined with the 90-acre Harder property acquired in May 2013, now fully protects the entire Cannery Hill North Peninsula for wildlife and outdoor recreation.

“I’m nearly speechless that this stunning piece of coastal landscape will be protected in perpetuity for the public as part of the National Wildlife Refuge System,” said Roy W. Lowe, Project Leader for the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex. “The success of this acquisition was only possible due to the herculean efforts of our valued partners at The Nature Conservancy, Federal Highway Administration, the Oregon Department of Transportation, and the Oregon congressional delegation,” added Lowe.

The property, located at the confluence of the Nestucca and Little Nestucca rivers contains upland forest, shoreline, and tideland habitats at the northern tip of Cannery Hill. Wildlife using this area includes migratory songbirds, bald eagles, peregrine falcons, bobcat, black-tailed deer, and many other species. Shoreline and tideland habitats are used by a variety of estuarine fish including coho and Chinook salmon.

“The Nature Conservancy is thrilled to be part of the effort to conserve such an iconic part of Tillamook County for people to enjoy for years to come. This headland is a treasure,” said Russ Hoeflich, Oregon state director for The Nature Conservancy.

Funding for the permanent protection of this site was made possible by a National Scenic Byways grant to The Nature Conservancy through the Federal Highway Administration and Oregon Department of Transportation. National Scenic Byways grants are based on one or more archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational and scenic qualities. Funding for the adjoining Harder Property came from this same grant as well as the Land and Water Conservation Fund, a fifty year old program that uses revenues from offshore oil and gas development to conserve parks, open spaces and wildlife habitat for the benefit of hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation.

“My wife and I were very excited to learn that a beautiful piece of the Oregon coast is now going to be preserved for improved wildlife protection and public enjoyment” said local resident Pete Owston. “We think it’s great for wildlife conservation that the entire peninsula that juts into the mouth of Nestucca Bay from the south will now be managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.”

In addition to providing future hiking, birding, and wildlife viewing opportunities for the public, the inclusion of this forested headland within the Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge will protect the dramatic view from U.S. Highway 101, the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway, as well as the view at the south entrance to the community of Pacific City.

“It was important that we all work together to help preserve such an important piece of the coast for future Oregonians to enjoy,” said Pat Moran, ODOT Scenic Byways Program Manager. “The Jesuit Novitiate’s property will now be protected from development, ensuring that the Oregon Coast Scenic Byway’s scenic quality will be preserved for generations to come.”

The Nestucca property was owned by the Jesuits and used as a retreat for over 50 years.

“The sale of the Nestucca Sanctuary is the culmination of several years of hard work,” said the Very Reverend Patrick J. Lee, SJ, Provincial Superior of the Society of Jesus, Oregon Province. “The Nestucca Sanctuary is beautiful and will be a wonderful place for the public to enjoy the natural beauty and wildlife of the peninsula. Its value will live on in the Province through the financial support the sale provides to the Formation of future generations of Jesuits.”

Importantly, Realty Marketing Northwest brokered the deal between the Jesuits, TNC, and the Service.

“The Nestucca Sanctuary, owned by the Jesuits and used as a retreat for over 50 years, generated a lot of interest from the auction-marketing program. The sale, facilitated by The Nature Conservancy, to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be good news to many of these parties who were interested in the preservation of the 103-acre Headland Peninsula. It is clearly one of the most spectacular Oregon coastal properties we have sold,” said John Rosenthal, president of Realty Marketing/Northwest.

The inclusion of this property into the Refuge will provide increased opportunities for the public to enjoy both the views and wildlife along the Oregon Coast.

“The Council and the Service have a history of working together on restoration and education projects that benefit people and wildlife at the Refuge. Acquisition of these forested lands will result in additional recreational and educational opportunities for the public to fully appreciate the Nestucca watershed and its benefits to fish, wildlife and people,” said Alex Sifford, Coordinator for the Nestucca, Neskowin & Sand Lake Watersheds Council.

For more information on Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge, please visit: http://www.fws.gov/oregoncoast/nestuccabay/


Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 9:54 AM
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