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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 www.fws.gov/oregoncoast/shorebirdfestival.htm or contact Dawn Grafe at 541-867-4550.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 12:00 AM
April 21, 2009
Draft EA for Bandon Marsh NWR Available for Public Comment
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration is pleased to announce the availability of a draft Environmental Assessment and Section 4(f) de minimis evaluation. The proposed project includes restoration of over 400 acres of tidal salt marsh and improvements to North Bank Lane. The public is invited to review and comment on the draft Environmental Assessment available at Refuge Headquarters, public libraries in Bandon, Coos Bay, and North Bend, ODOT offices in Roseburg, and the Federal Highway Administration in Vancouver, WA. It is also available on the internet at the addresses below or by contacting the Refuge Manager at 541-347-1470.

http://www.fws.gov/oregoncoast/bandonmarsh/EA.htm
http://www.wfl.fhwa.dot.gov/projects/oregon/bandon/ea.pdf

Mail comments by May 13, 2009 to:
Bandon Marsh Environmental Assessment
Roy W. Lowe
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
2127 SE Marine Science Drive
Newport, OR 97365

or via e-mail oregoncoast@fws.gov
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 12:00 AM
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