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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,

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 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
May 8, 2009
Expect Delays on Road to Cannery Hill Overlook May 11-15
Embarq (telecommunications) will be replacing overhead lines with buried telecommunication facilities along Christensen Road within Nestucca Bay NWR. Christensen Road provides the only access to the Cannery Hill Overlook. Beginning Monday, May 11 through Friday May 15, heavy equipment will be working along this road to bury the new lines along the road. Visitors wishing to access the Cannery Hill Overlook will experience delays of 15 to 30 minutes while the heavy equipment is disconnected and temporarily moved to allow vehicles to pass in both directions. The compatibility determination to allow this activity can be found at . If you have questions please contact Rebecca Chuck at 541-867-4550.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 12:00 AM
March 5, 2009
USFWS to Bury Telecommunication Lines at Nestucca Bay NWR.
The USFWS seeks public comments on a proposal for Embarq to replace overhead lines with buried telecommunication facilities along Christensen Road within Nestucca Bay NWR. Comments must be received by March 23, 2009. The compatibility determination to allow this activity can be found at Please submit written comments regarding this Compatibility Determination to the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex at 2127 SE Marine Science Drive/ Newport OR 97365 or via email at If you have questions please contact Rebecca Chuck at 541-867-4550.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 12:00 AM
January 15, 2009
Land Acquisition Approved for Nestucca Bay NWR
Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge has been selected to receive $800,000 from a federal land conservation fund to acquire 80 acres of pasture land that is one of only two wintering sites used by the entire world population of the Semidi Islands Aleutian cackling goose, which numbers only about 140 birds. The parcel is located just north of Pacific City, Oregon.

"Acquiring this land for inclusion in the refuge is essential to the long-term protection of the Semidi birds, as it will permanently protect one of their most important wintering sites," said Roy Lowe, project leader of the Oregon Coastal National Wildlife Refuge Complex, which includes the Nestucca Bay Refuge. "Providing long-term secure wintering habitat for Aleutian cackling geese was one of the main reasons the refuge was established."

"This property was a top national priority for addition to a refuge because its habitat is so critical for the remaining Aleutian cackling geese," said Russell Hoeflich, Oregon director for The Nature Conservancy. "We congratulate the Fish and Wildlife Service for this refuge addition and thank them for doing an excellent job of protecting the incredible natural diversity of the Oregon coast for future generations." The Conservancy recently purchased the property from a private owner, and will not profit from sale of the property to the government, Hoeflich added.

Addition of the parcel to the refuge will also help secure high-value habitat for thousands of other migratory birds that spend time around Nestucca Bay, where as many as 4,000 geese have been observed using pasture land. As refuge land, the newly acquired tract will be grazed to maintain the short grass pasture habitat that is essential for the geese, thus contributing to the local dairy farming economy and at the same time helping to address depredation by the geese on nearby farm lands, Lowe said. The community of Pacific City is rapidly growing toward the site and a new housing development is being built just above it, increasing the need for protecting this important open space, he added.

Lowe credited The Nature Conservancy with being a critical partner in the acquisition of the property. The Conservancy was able to complete the initial purchase of the land in a timely manner while the Service worked to secure funding to purchase it from the Conservancy and add it to the refuge. "They’ve been an invaluable partner," Lowe said.

The total purchase price of the property is $825,000 based on a recent appraisal, with the additional money coming from the agency's annual inholding/emergency funds. With the acquisition, Nestucca Bay NWR will grow to 893 acres. The refuge was established in 1991 with strong support from Senator Mark Hatfield, Congressman Les AuCoin and other legislators. It is one of six refuges managed by the Fish and Wildlife Service along the Oregon coast.

The acquisition grant is one of 12 purchases announced January 14 by Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne and Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer. The purchases will be made by four federal land management agencies in seven western states for a total of $4.7 million.

"The nearly $5 million to be used for these land purchases will bring into public ownership 1,587 acres that have extraordinary natural, scenic, recreational or historical value," Secretary Kempthorne said. "Acquiring these parcels promotes conservation while helping to ensure effective public lands management."

The special land conservation fund used to purchase these properties was established by Congress under the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act of 2000. The Act authorizes the purchase of private "inholdings" from willing sellers in western states whose acreage is surrounded by or located next to certain lands under the management of the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, or the Fish and Wildlife Service.

Other properties to be purchased by these three agencies with the new grants are located within or next to Bridger-Teton National Forest (Wyoming), City of Rocks National Reserve (Idaho), John Day Fossil Beds National Monument (Oregon), Santa Fe National Forest (New Mexico), Shasta-Trinity National Forest (California), White River National Forest (Colorado), and Zion National Park (Utah).

The pending land purchases are funded from already completed federal land sales. Under the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act, the Bureau of Land Management is authorized to sell fragmented or isolated parcels of public land that are difficult to manage, as well as lands that may have residential or commercial value, and then use the proceeds to support land-conservation purposes.

To date, a total of $52.2 million in funding under the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act has been approved for the acquisition of 25 parcels comprising 12,388 acres.

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
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 12:00 AM

Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge Grand Opening
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) in partnership with the Pacific City Arts Association (PCAA) will host a celebration of Wildlife and the Arts on Saturday, October 11, 2008. The free, community-wide event is in honor of the grand opening of the Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge near Cloverdale on the north Oregon coast. This event will be followed in the afternoon by two exciting and informative presentations in Pacific City.

The Refuge will open at 9 a.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:45 a.m. followed by free guided walks from 11 a.m. – 12:30 pm. Visitors are also welcome to explore the new Pacific View Trail. Refuge staff will be onsite to answer questions from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Beginning at sunrise the Lincoln City Audubon Society will sponsor “The Big Sit� which is a nationwide bird-a-thon where the object is to tally as many bird species seen or heard during a 24 hour period while those recording sit in a 17-foot circle.

Beginning at 2 p.m. Roy Lowe, Project Leader for the Oregon Coast Refuge Complex will present the “Natural History of Nestucca Bay Refuge� at the Pacific Coast Bible Church (35170 Brooten Road, Pacific City). This visual presentation will include an historical background of the new refuge and why it is important to wildlife.

At 3 p.m. Jeni Foster, a lecturer on the Chautauqua circuit, will present “BirdSong: Birds as metaphors in American folk music�, a performance/lecture sponsored by PCAA. Ms. Foster will explore the symbolism of birds within the rich heritage of American folk music and illustrate how the dynamic language of metaphor is essential to poets and songwriters. This collection of songs, stories and fascinating facts is sure to delight and inspire anyone who appreciates birds. Numerous galleries, restaurants and businesses throughout Pacific City will be showcasing wildlife works of art. Enjoy touring all of them throughout the day beginning at 11 a.m.

The Refuge is located on the west side of Highway 101 approximately six miles south of Pacific City. To visit the refuge turn west off of Highway 101 onto Christensen Road and proceed a half mile to the parking lot. For more information contact Dawn Grafe at 541-867-4550 or visit the following website:

The Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1991 to provide sanctuary for a portion of the declining Dusky Canada Goose population and for the endangered Aleutian Cackling Goose. The Refuge has seen many changes over the years, including the recovery of the Aleutian Cackling Goose, Bald Eagle, and Peregrine Falcon, and the restoration of 82 acres of tidal marsh and 50 acres of forestland.

In 2004 the Oregon Dept. of Transportation awarded a federal Transportation Enhancement Act grant to the USFWS to design and construct visitor facilities on the Nestucca Bay Refuge. The completed project includes two parking lots; a paved, wheelchair-accessible trail that leads to an elevated viewing deck; road improvements; interpretive panels; and a single vault restroom. The paved Pacific View Trail and Deck, perched atop Cannery Hill, affords visitors a sweeping view of the Pacific Ocean, Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge (Haystack Rock at Pacific City), Nestucca Bay Refuge, the Coast Range, and the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway.

Schedule of Events

9:00 am Nestucca Bay Wildlife Refuge Opens

10:45 am Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Pacific View Deck

11 am–12:30 pm Guided Walks (start from Pacific Viewing Deck)
Historical Walk
Bird Walk
Forest Walk (sponsored by Oregon Women in Timber)

12:00 – 2:00 pm Lunch at any of the Pacific City restaurants exhibiting wildlife works.

2:00 pm History of Nestucca Bay Refuge by Roy Lowe (Pacific Coast Bible Church (35170 Brooten Road, Pacific City))

3:00 pm "Birdsong: Birds as Metaphor in American Folk Music" Performance-lecture by Chautauqua lecturer Jeni Foster (Pacific Coast Bible Church (35170 Brooten Road, Pacific City))

Sunrise to Sunset: The Big Sit on the Pacific View Deck at Nestucca Bay Refuge. Sponsored by Lincoln City Audubon Society

11:00 am to sunset Track the Art. Please visit the following establishments to view wildlife art works throughout Pacific City.
• Pacific City Library -- Stained glass works by Frank Fauth. Exhibited throughout October
• Oregon Coast Bank -- Ginny Jacobs art works during the week. Closed Saturdays.
• The Burkhardt Gallery -- Paintings by Elaine Overdorff, art work by Marilyn Burkhardt and photographs by Julius Jortner
• The Village Merchants -- Art works and wildlife books.
• The Freed Gallery -- Emphasizing wildlife works.
• The Dapper Frog -- Frog art and more
• Beach Wood Gallery and Gifts & Shirley’s Smile Shop -- Works by artists Deb Justice and Donna Ludwig Peterson
• Pacific City Inn -- A display of wildlife art in the office
• Pacific City Gallery -- Artworks of fish, turtles, jellyfish, stained glass ducks, and birds.
• Judith Schlicting’s Row Boat Gallery -- Wildlife works and fine art. The Inn at Cape Kiwanda
• The Pelican Pub -- Pelicans created by students of the Neskowin Valley School
• Stimulus Coffee Shop -- Paintings by Michael Schlicting
• The Grateful Bread -- Featuring artists Mike Loney, Mark Cavatorta and others

The mission of the USFWS 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
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 12:00 AM
September 11, 2007
Nestucca Bay Refuge Hosts Open House Event
Join the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as they host an Open House at Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, October 13, 2007 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. This free interpretive and interactive event is being held to celebrate the National Wildlife Refuge System and is open to the public. October marks an exciting time of year at Nestucca Bay Refuge, as Aleutian cackling and Dusky Canada geese are migrating south from their breeding grounds in Alaska to their wintering grounds in western Oregon. The geese can be seen feeding on the short grass pastures at Nestucca Bay Refuge and surrounding farmlands.

During the Open House event, visitors can enjoy breathtaking views of the Coast Range, the Pacific Ocean, Cape Kiwanda and Haystack Rock as they embark on a two-hour hike around the refuge to watch wildlife and learn about the history and purposes of the refuge. Two simultaneous hikes will occur as part of the event. Refuge Volunteer and Caretaker Matt Love will lead a walk that focuses on the history of Nestucca Bay Refuge and the restoration of native forest. Supervisory Park Ranger Dawn Grafe will lead a bird hike around the refuge to look for large and small birds in a variety of habitats including managed pastures, woodlands, and open bay. These habitats provide safe haven for waterfowl, shorebirds, raptors, and many species of
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 3:56 PM
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