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April 28, 2015
Paddle Nestucca Bay Refuge
Interested in getting on the water this summer? We’re launching an inaugural series of four guided paddle trips at Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge, near Pacific City. From the Little Nestucca River to the bay, expansive mudflats surrounding the refuge’s Two Rivers Peninsula offer plenty to see from a kayak or canoe.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service invites you to explore Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge with a series of four guided canoe and kayak trips from June to September. These roughly two-hour trips are free and will take visitors through the heart of Nestucca Bay, all the while learning about its wildlife and natural history. Specifically the trip takes you through refuge wetlands into Nestucca Bay, passing alongside the spruce- and alder-covered Two Rivers Peninsula. As the Little Nestucca winds toward the bay, Cape Kiwanda and Haystack Rock materialize in the distance. Participants must provide their own canoe or kayak for each trip. During the summer, this area often has unpredictable winds and waves. For this reason we do not recommend this paddle trip for beginners; experience is strongly recommended. For your safety, please dress appropriately for paddling in all weather conditions. Wearing a personal flotation device (PFD) is mandatory.

For more information or to register for a trip contact Peter Pearsall: peter_pearsall@fws.gov, 541-270-0610. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service can provide binoculars, field guides, and PFDs to use during the trip if needed. Trips are limited in size, and scheduled on a first-come first-serve basis; therefore, you must call or email ahead to make a reservation. Please include the amount of boats in your party when making the reservation. Once you are registered, we will send out additional details via email. All trips will launch within 15 minutes of the time listed. Visit our website www.fws.gov/oregoncoast for updates and space availability.

June
Sat. June 6 5-7 PM
Fri. June 26 9-11 AM

July
Thurs. July 23 6:30-8:30 PM

September
Wed. Sept. 23 9:30-11:30 AM
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 11:12 AM
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
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