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August 2, 2012
Family Friendly Events this Summer at Nestucca Bay
Come visit and explore Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). Family friendly summer programs have started and will continue through September. All programs are free and open to the public; they will include history talks, plant walks, and other interesting wonders of the refuge. The current schedule follows:

Monday, August 6, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Berries and Beyond: Walk Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge with Lee Sliman; Refuge volunteer and self-described plant geek. Together with Lee you will walk refuge trails and identify many plants regularly eaten by Native Americans as well as pioneers and contemporary outdoor enthusiasts. Safety and protocol for tasting wild plants will be discussed. Don’t miss this opportunity both to advance your awareness of coastal vegetation and expand your knowledge of Native wild edibles! The program will start in the first, or lower, parking lot.

Thursday, August 23, 4:00 – 6:30 p.m., Wildlife Refuge Paddle Trip: Come out for a guided evening paddle along the Little Nestucca River. We will start at the Tillamook county boat launch on Meda Loop and will paddle west along the Nestucca Bay NWR turning around at the Cannery Hill Point on the Bay. Refuge volunteer Lee Sliman will join the Tillamook Estuaries Partnership for this guided paddle and will talk about the natural history and mission of the Refuge. This is a great opportunity to get a sea level view of eagles, ducks, herons, kingfishers and other wildlife that are often present on this water trail. Meet at the Meda Loop County Boat Ramp at 4:00 p.m. Participants must supply their own boats, paddles and Personal Flotation Devices.

Monday, August 27, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., The Making of a Meadow: The grasslands of Nestucca Bay NWR may look withered now but they are on the brink of restoration. Plant experts have begun work to restore the area to native grassland and prairie habitat. Many changes will occur over the next five years. Join refuge volunteer Lee Sliman on a walk as she showcases the first steps of this restoration and explains what you can expect to see in the future. The program will start at the second, or upper, parking lot.

Saturday, September 1, 5:00-6:30 p.m. Color Walk: An enjoyable outing for kids and adults at Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Participants will make his/her own unique color chart from a large box of crayons. Then everyone will join Refuge Volunteer Lee Sliman for a colorful nature walk along the Pacific View Trail. During the walk everyone will try to spot a plant or animal that showcases the colors on their charts. A plant color BINGO of sorts! The program will start in the first, or lower, parking lot.

Sunday, September 9, 5:30 p.m. – dusk, Nature Journaling: Anyone can be a Naturalist! A Naturalist is simply a student of nature. Most of the well-known naturalists started out collecting bits and pieces of their wild experiences as well as documenting their observations through notes and sketches. Nature Journals have no set format. Dress comfortably and bring something to take notes on or with. We will share ideas about supplies and portability. Bring your cameras, binoculars and hand lens if you have them; a limited number of these items will be available for the group to share. Join Refuge Volunteer Lee Sliman on a meander around Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge as she marks a new phase in her life by beginning her own nature journal. The program will start in the first, or lower, parking lot.

Sunday, September 30, 10:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Art in the Refuge: Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge welcomes artists of all skill levels and media to come on out and work in the wild. A support shelter will be set up with water and miscellaneous support supplies for artists. Plant & wildlife ID books, art folios and both media and technique-oriented publications will also be on hand. Access to running water and a sink for media cleanup will be available. Artists may choose to join impromptu group reviews throughout the day. Bring your own art supplies and plan to be portable. All art will take place on trails and road edges. Check in at the lower parking lot at any time on the 30th.


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 first parking lot. The refuge has a volunteer living onsite to answer questions for visitors and to maintain the grounds.

To obtain the up-to-date event 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 about each event please contact Lee Sliman at 503-812-6392.

Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 12:37 PM
May 31, 2012
Summer Events at Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Come visit and explore Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). Family friendly summer programs have started and continue through September. All programs are free and open to the public; they will include history talks, bird walks, and other interesting wonders of the refuge. The current schedule follows:

Sunday, June 3, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., History of Nestucca Bay: Join Sally Rissel, president of the Tillamook County Historical Society, to discover the history and culture at Nestucca Bay. Sturdy walking/hiking shoes are recommended.

Saturday, June 23, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., Fascinating World of Birds: Members of the Audubon Society of Lincoln City will host a bird-watching hike and be available to talk with participants about the fascinating world of birds. Sturdy walking/hiking shoes are recommended.

Sunday, July 8, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., History of Nestucca Bay: Join Sally Rissel, president of the Tillamook County Historical Society, to discover the history and culture at Nestucca Bay. Sturdy walking/hiking shoes are recommended.

Saturday July 14, 6:30 p.m., Sunset Photography Hike: Capture the stunning sights, spectacular views and the beauty of the refuge while hiking trails and overlooking the Pacific. Bring your camera or borrow one of ours and capture the beauty of the Oregon sunset. After the sun sets, stick around to hear all the activity of the birds as they nestle in for the evening. Hike will begin promptly in the lower parking lot. Great for photo enthusiasts of all ages!

Saturday, July 28, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., Fascinating World of Birds: Members of the Audubon Society of Lincoln City will host a bird-watching hike and be available to talk with participants about the fascinating world of birds. Sturdy walking/hiking shoes are recommended.

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 parking lot. The refuge has a volunteer living onsite to answer questions for visitors and to maintain the grounds.

To obtain the up-to-date event 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 Dawn Grafe at 541-867-4550 or Dawn_Grafe@fws.gov.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 10:20 AM
March 14, 2012
Birding and Blues Festival coming in April
Registration for the ninth annual Pacific City Birding and Blues Festival is now open at the event’s web site, www.birdingandblues.com, or by phone at (503) 965-6247.
Held April 13-15 in Pacific City, the event features a slate of birding experts including Terry Steele, a photographer whose striking bird images punctuate his passionate approach to the appreciation of nature. His presentation is part of three days of lectures by respected regional birding experts, as well as two live birds of prey exhibitions. Seminars will address topics ranging from bird conservation to the natural history of seabirds, from the Characteristics of the Dusky Canada Goose to Beginning Birding and Gardening for Birds — and much more.
For the outdoor minded, the festival features 14 birding hikes led by experienced birders to a wide variety of local habitat. Amongst the offerings are trips to Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Clay Myers State Natural Area, Camp Winema and Neskowin Marsh.
Registration for three days of excursions and seminars is $50 for immediate families, $25 for adults and $10 for students. Birding & Blues has something to offer all ages and interests — even a free Community Open House on Friday afternoon.
A free birds of prey demonstration will be offered Friday afternoon and kids can help decorate the Kiawanda Community Center’s great hall in a children’s workshop on bird-themed art led by Kim and Mark Cavatorta of Slug Soup. Following the free community open house at 7p.m. Friday, for a nominal fee, the festival is proud to be showing the feature film, “The Big Year�, starring Steve Martin and Jack Black.
For a different vantage point, birders can opt for one of the festival’s kayak excursions. Trips include a 2-hour kayak expedition on the Little Nestucca River on Saturday and Sunday. Or take an all-day birding journey on the Three Capes Scenic Tour, a 60-mile round trip that features stops along the Pacific Ocean, Netarts Bay, Cape Lookout, Cape Meares Forest and Tillamook pastures — each a unique birding habitat. Additional fees apply to add-on excursions.
Music is always a part of any Birding and Blues celebration and this year is no exception. We welcome the ‘Cajun Swampytonk-style’ blues sound of the Purple Cats on Friday, April 13 from 8:30-11 p.m. at the Oar House Bar & Grill (no charge, 21 or older), and the festival’s first ever double bill on Saturday, April 14, featuring the Sandy Saunders Band from 8-9:30 p.m. and The Strange Tones from 9:30-11 p.m.. Both Saturday bands will perform at the Kiawanda Community Center and are open to all ages. Admission to the Saturday bands is $10; or purchase a special pass that includes festival field trips, seminars and both concerts.
To complement the major acts at the Oar House and Community Center, Rob Richter will play two solo guitar performances on Friday and Saturday from 5-7p.m. at Twist Wine Co. (no charge, 21 or older).
For more information on the 2012 Birding & Blues Festival or to register in advance, visit www.birdingandblues.com. Early registration secures a space on your preferred hiking excursion or kayak trip.
The 2012 Birding & Blues Festival is presented by its many generous sponsors and the Pacific City-Nestucca Valley Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 9:28 AM
July 7, 2011
Nestucca Bay Refuge closed weekdays from 8/8 - 9/9/2011
Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge, including the Pacific View trail and both parking lots, will be closed to the public on weekdays from August 8 through September 9, 2011 to allow construction on Christensen Road.    Christensen Road will be closed at the junction with Highway 101. During this construction period, Christensen Road and the refuge will be open from dawn to dusk on Saturdays and Sundays, and on Labor Day Monday September 5. Heavy equipment will be blocking the road during weekday construction hours, and no traffic will be permitted.  Construction work taking place during this time includes replacement of the Upton Slough culvert with a pre-cast concrete bridge; repair and stabilization of the asphalt road embankment in two locations; and scraping and regraveling of the upper road.
 
The replacement of the Upton Slough culvert with a pre-cast concrete bridge near the junction of Christensen Road and Highway 101 is intended to restore fish habitat by increasing the waterway cross section of Upton Slough (a tributary to Little Nestucca River and Nestucca Bay) from 12 square feet to 40 square feet with a natural soil bottom and stream banks.  This project will allow for the re-establishment of the natural morphology of the creek in this location and will facilitate salmonid passage. Upton Slough, which drains a 681-acre watershed, is a partially channelized stream emptying into Nestucca Bay.  This stream channel currently passes underneath Christensen Road through a 48� concrete culvert, which restricts flow to 12 square feet.  The stream has flooded and overtopped the overlying refuge entrance road during very heavy rainfall.  Two tide gates, one of which is “fish-friendly�, are located at the north end of Upton Slough at its terminus with the Little Nestucca River and Nestucca Bay. Upton Slough and the associated pasture ditch system allow fish to enter from Nestucca Bay, and the channel is within critical habitat designated for threatened coho salmon (Oregon Coast ESU).  
 
The road embankment project will stabilize the edge of an asphalt road by widening the embankment fill about two to three feet with riprap and crushed aggregate.  This project is necessary to prevent further deterioration and subsequent failure of the asphalt road edge.   The upper road, which has a gravel surface from the lower to the upper parking lot, has not been regraveled since its construction in 2008 and is deteriorating.  Scraping and regraveling is needed to continue to provide a safe, comfortable driving surface for visitors.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 1:36 PM
May 26, 2011
Waterline Replacement Under Neskowin Marsh Unit Proposed
The Service proposes to allow the Neskowin Regional Water District to replace a failed portion of waterline underneath the Neskowin Marsh Unit of Nestucca Bay NWR. Review the Compatibility Determination (46 KB PDF) and send comments to oregoncoast@fws.gov. Public review and comment period begins 5/26/11 and ends 6/8/11.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 10:32 AM
March 2, 2011
Birding and Blues Festival April 9-11, 2011
Birding & Blues Festival returns April 8-10

What: Birding & Blues Festival
Where: Kiawanda Community Center, 34600 Cape Kiwanda Drive, Pacific City, Oregon
When: April 8-10, 2011
Cost: $25 for 3-day adult pass, $10 for 3-day student pass

Pacific City, Ore. — Registration for the eighth annual Pacific City Birding and Blues Festival is now open at the event’s web site, www.birdingandblues.com.

Held April 8-10 in Pacific City, the event features a slate of birding experts including Stephen Shunk of Paradise Birding, who will debut his presentation "Pacific Coast Waterbirds: Albatrosses, Sea Ducks & Sandpipers" at the festival. His talk is part of three days of lectures by respected regional birding experts, as well as two live birds of prey exhibitions. Seminars will address topics ranging from bird conservation to the natural history of seabirds, from the migration trends of Vaux’s Swift to white-cheeked goose monitoring — and much more.

For the outdoor minded, the festival features 12 birding hikes led by experienced birders to a wide variety of local habitat. Amongst the offerings are trips to Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Clay Myers State Natural Area, Camp Winema and Neskowin Marsh.

Registration for three days of excursions and seminars is $50 for immediate families, $25 for adults and $10 for students. Birding & Blues has something to offer all ages and interests — even a free Community Open House on Friday afternoon.

A free birds of prey demonstration will be offered Friday evening and kids can help decorate the Kiawanda Community Center’s great hall in a children’s activity where kids will paint a series of bird banners. There will also be a complimentary bird and wildlife photography presentation on Friday.

For a different vantage point, birders can opt for one of the festival’s boating excursions. Trips include four 90-minute boat tours on Nestucca Bay on Saturday and three kayak expeditions on the Nestucca on Sunday, as well as an all-day boat trip on Tillamook Bay on Friday. And back by popular demand is the Three Capes Scenic Tour, which takes birders on a 60-mile round trip that features views of the Pacific Ocean, bays, headlands, forests, rivers and pastures — each a unique birding habitat. Additional fees apply to add-on excursions.

Music is always a part of any Birding and Blues celebration and this year is no exception. This year the festival welcomes the rollicking blues sound of Kolvane on Friday, April 8 and the award-winning Ty Curtis Band on Saturday, April 9 at Kiawanda Community Center. Both concerts start at 8 p.m. Admission to each concert is $10 or opt for a special pass that includes festival field trips and seminars, as well as both concerts. The music won’t be limited to the Community Center performances. The Cooper Jennings Blues Root Duo will play a free concert Friday, April 8, from 5-7 p.m. at Twist Wine Bar (503-965-6887) and the Purple Cats will be featured the Oar House Bar & Grill (503-965-6001) on Saturday at 10 p.m.

In another festival-related event, the music-infused poetry of the Fisher Poets will offer up their literary talent at Rowboat Gallery (503-965-4590) on Saturday, April 9, starting at 5:30 p.m.

For more information on the 2011 Birding & Blues Festival or to register in advance, visit www.birdingandblues.com. Register early to secure space in your preferred hiking excursion or boating trip. The 2011 Birding & Blues Festival is presented by its many generous sponsors and the Pacific City-Nestucca Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 1:58 PM
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