Skip Navigation
Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex
Pacific Region


Viewing category: Bandon Marsh NWR
«-Previous Page   1 2 3 4    Next Page
March 6, 2012
Bandon Marsh Restoration Team Recognized by the AFS
Bandon Marsh Restoration Team Recognized by the
Oregon Chapter of the American Fisheries Society

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and its valued tidal marsh restoration partners have been recognized by the Oregon Chapter of the American Fisheries Society (AFS) for the recently completed Ni-les’tun Tidal Marsh Restoration Project on Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). The restoration partners were presented Oregon’s “2012 Fishery Team of the Year Award� at the Awards Luncheon held during the 48th Annual Meeting of the Oregon Chapter of the American Fisheries Society in Eugene, Oregon on March 1, 2012.

The 418-acre tidal marsh restoration project was completed on Bandon Marsh NWR in the summer of 2011. It is the largest tidal marsh restoration project ever constructed in Oregon. In addition to the Service, restoration partners recognized at the luncheon included the Federal Highway Administration, the Coquille Indian Tribe, the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Ducks Unlimited, and the Estuarine Technical Group of the Institute for Applied Ecology.

“The Oregon Chapter of the American Fisheries Society is one of the most respected, progressive, and productive chapters in the country�, noted Roy W. Lowe, Project Leader for the Oregon Coast NWR Complex. “Its membership is comprised of the top fisheries researchers and managers in the state from academia, federal, state, and local agencies, Tribes, watershed councils, and the private sector and all of the team members are deeply honored to be recognized by this group of professionals�, said Lowe.

“Estuarine habitat is incredibly important for a wide array of species that includes not only Chinook and coho salmon and steelhead, but coastal cutthroat trout, lamprey, and a variety of marine fish. This project has dramatically increased the ecological value of the Coquille River estuary�, said Demian Ebert, Oregon AFS Past President. “The immediate success of the project was made possible only by a team of people working together for years to plan and implement the project. The Bandon Marsh Restoration Team exemplifies what the Fishery Team of the Year award is all about.�
The Coquille River Estuary has suffered the greatest percentage loss (94%) of tidal wetlands in the state of Oregon. The restoration project is benefiting a host of estuarine- dependent fish, particularly salmonids including coastal cutthroat trout, juvenile Chinook salmon and threatened coho salmon. Recent survey work by Service fisheries biologists documented juvenile coho salmon present throughout the five miles of the newly constructed sinuous tidal channels within the Bandon Marsh restoration area.

The Oregon AFS Fisheries Team of the Year Award recognizes outstanding collaborative team work to understand and manage fisheries resources, and acknowledges that these efforts frequently cross geographic, disciplinary and socioeconomic boundaries.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 2:42 PM
September 21, 2011
Dedication Ceremony for Ni-les'tun Tidal Marsh Restoration
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and Ducks Unlimited (DU) will host a dedication ceremony on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge to celebrate the restoration of the Ni-les’tun Tidal Marsh. This free event is open to the public and will occur rain or shine. The one-hour ceremony will begin at 3:00 p.m. and will include an invocation and ceremonial dance by members of the Coquille Indian Tribe; presentations by Congressman Peter DeFazio, the U.S. Representative for Oregon’s 4th Congressional District; Rowan Gould, Deputy Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and others.

Due to the large number of expected visitors, parking will not be available at the refuge. A shuttle will transport visitors from Bullards Beach State Park to the refuge. Bullards Beach State Park is located approximately three miles north of the city of Bandon on the west side of Highway 101. From Highway 101, turn west into Bullards Beach State Park, then follow Bandon Marsh Event signs to the Beach Parking Lot located 1.3 miles from the park entrance. Visitors should arrive at the parking lot no later than 2:30 p.m. to catch the shuttle and be on time for the dedication ceremony.

Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1983 to protect the largest remaining tidal salt marsh within the Coquille River estuary. The Ni-les’tun Unit of the marsh was established in 2000 to acquire, protect, and restore intertidal marsh, freshwater marsh and riparian areas that are habitat for migratory birds and anadromous fish including salmon, steelhead and cutthroat trout. This land was once a thriving tidal wetland, but as has occurred at most estuaries around the country, early settlers looked upon this habitat as fertile farmland if diked and drained, suitable for grazing livestock. Restoration of the tidal marsh allows the unimpeded return of daily tides to the lands for the first time in nearly a century.

“This is the most important restoration project in Oregon that Ducks Unlimited has been a partner to and we are already thrilled with the results,� said Tom Dwyer, DU’s Conservation Director, Pacific Northwest Office. “Flocks of dabbling ducks, Canada geese and shorebirds began foraging and roosting almost as soon as we let the seawater in, and knowing trout and salmon are returning to what was once an incredibly fertile fishing ground is even more reason to celebrate.�

“After more than 10 years of land acquisition, planning, design and construction by a host of partners, the largest restoration of a tidal marsh, 418 acres, in Oregon is now complete,� said Roy W. Lowe, Project Leader, of the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex. “Time and the tides will slowly and surely change the land form and vegetation to a fully functioning tidal estuary.�

As part of the celebration of National Wildlife Refuge Week, Lowe added, “the USFWS and DU invite you to join us by going outside to enjoy the day at Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge.�

Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 2:43 PM
June 7, 2011
New Salamander Species for Bandon Marsh Found
During our ongoing inventory of reptiles and amphibians at Bandon Marsh NWR being conducted by Ben Wishnek, our wildlife intern, we discovered a new species for the Refuge! It is the Del Norte Salamander (Plethodon elongatus), the largest of several species of lungless salamanders that might be found here. We found it along a small stream in a patch of forest. Although the Refuge is just within the northern range of the species, it had never previously been documented here. It generally occurs in mature forest with rocks and ample woody debris, and, true to its Latin name, it has a particularly long tail and body compared to its close relatives.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 3:59 PM
June 2, 2011
Rogue Ales releases Restoration Redd
The final phase of construction of the tidal marsh restoration project on the Ni-les’tun Unit of Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge has begun. What started as a concept in the late 1990’s and transitioned to action with initiation of land acquisition in January 2000 will finally be completed this September. Rogue Ales and Spirits of Newport, Oregon joined our team to help us celebrate this accomplishment, which was made possible by the great partnerships we have enjoyed over the past decade.

In mid-June, Rogue will release “Restoration Redd Ale� dedicated to the Bandon Marsh Restoration Project. Restoration Redd will be Rogue’s popular amber ale in 22 oz. bottles with painted labels depicting juvenile coho salmon (label attached). A portion of the proceeds will be donated in support of the Oregon Coast NWR Complex’s environmental education programs.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 11:22 AM
August 17, 2010
USFWS Delays Tidal Marsh Restoration project on Bandon Marsh
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that the completion of the Ni-les’tun tidal marsh restoration project on Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge will be delayed until the summer of 2011. Originally scheduled for completion in September 2010, the project is being delayed a year due to complications in completing the undergrounding of the Coos-Curry Electrical Cooperative transmission line under the Coquille River. “This large restoration project involves three simultaneous major construction projects and thus relies on precision and timely work that is choreographed among three different contractors,� said Roy W. Lowe, Project Leader for the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex. The delay in completing the undergrounding of the transmission line has postponed the initiation of the removal of the outer dikes, which must be completed by mid-September during the last low-high tides of the year. “Although we are extremely disappointed that we are not able to complete the restoration this year, it was the right decision to make�, said Lowe. The underground electrical system needs to be installed, tested and secured prior to removal of the existing above ground system and restoration of tidal flows over the refuge, and given the existing delays to date, final testing would not have been possible in the time remaining.

In the meantime, work continues on the North Bank Lane road improvements and interior tidal marsh construction activities. By the end of September the majority of the restoration construction inside the outer dikes will also be completed. Completion of the road improvements has always been planned for the summer of 2011 and now the restoration project will join that schedule.

Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 4:14 PM
May 28, 2010
Register now for the 2010 Oregon Shorebird Festival
Experience the wonder of shorebird migration along the scenic Oregon coast at the 24th Oregon Shorebird Festival to be held August 27-29, 2010. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Cape Arago Audubon Society, South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve and many other sponsors will have a full weekend of activities planned for birders of all skill levels. The festival is headquartered at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology in Charleston, OR. Activities include expertly guided land based field trips to Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, Millicoma Marsh and the greater Coos Bay area. And for those who want to experience birding on the water, The Bird Guide, Inc. will offer a five hour pelagic trip on Saturday. Expected seabirds include Black-footed Albatross, Parasitic Jaeger, Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel, Sooty and Pink-footed Shearwater, Pomarine Jaeger, Red-necked Phalarope, Cassins Auklets, and more. The Friday evening programs on will feature Ram Papish: The Great Oregon Bird Quiz. The keynote speaker on Saturday will be Peter Moore: Saving the Chatham Island Oystercatcher.

Bring your best pair of binoculars as Bandon Marsh and Coos Bay are renowned for shorebird watching and each year a few rarities have delighted festival attendees. Regular migrants include Black-bellied plover, Semipalmated plover, Western sandpiper, Least sandpiper, Dunlin, Whimbrel, Long-billed dowitcher, and Red-necked phalarope. Please join us for on the southern coast of Oregon for a weekend of birding fun and challenges. To register for the festival or for more information please visit our website at or contact Dawn Grafe at 541-867-4550.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 12:00 AM
«-Previous Page   1 2 3 4    Next Page
sun mon tue wed thu fri sat
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28

Recent News
Looking for something specific?
Try a simple search of the key word.

Syndicate This Site

America's National Wildlife Refuges... where wildlife comes first!

Pacific Region National Wildlife Refuge System Home
Pacific Region Home

Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Home | News | Events | CCP | Education | Wildlife | Maps and Directions | Volunteers | FAQ | Links | Contact Us
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Home Page | Department of the Interior | | About the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service | Accessibility 
Privacy | Notices | Disclaimer | FOIA
* * * * *
Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex, 2127 SE Marine Science Drive, Newport, OR, 97365
Phone: 541-867-4550. Email:
Site last updated March 8, 2011