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April 21, 2014
Spring Bird Blitz
Newport, Ore. – On Saturday, May 10, Lincoln County will celebrate “Why Birds Matter.” Bird walks and family-friendly activities will be hosted at an array of coastal locales from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. All ages and abilities are welcome, and many activities will be offered in Spanish and English. Visitors will enjoy unique opportunities to witness local and migratory birds in their native habitats and to get involved with helping birds while learning about the invaluable services birds provide.

Activities: From 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., the following sites will offer a variety of hands-on activities. Most of the events are free and open to the public. Stop at any of these sites: Beaver Creek State Natural Area, Beverly Beach State Park, Cape Perpetua National Scenic Area, Hatfield Marine Science Center, Oregon Coast Aquarium, or Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area to join in the fun. For a complete list of the activities visit: http://springbirdblitz.wordpress.com/.

Guided Bird Walks: Join the local experts in a guided bird walk along the coast!
7 a.m. Marsh, Woodland and Meadow Bird Walk, at Beaver Creek State Natural Area
9 a.m. Birds of Lincoln City Open Spaces Walk, at Audubon Society of Lincoln City
9 a.m. Beginner’s Marsh, Woodland and Meadow Bird Walk, at Beaver Creek State Natural Area
11:30 a.m. Beginning Birding and Naturescaping Walk, at Cape Perpetua Scenic Area
11:30 a.m. Shorebird and Estuary Walk, at Hatfield Marine Science Center
3 p.m. Seabird Watches, at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area

Birds Talks: Learn more about some of the migratory birds found on the Oregon coast.
10:45 a.m. “Adaptations and lifestyles of shorebirds and seabirds,” at Oregon Coast Aquarium*
11:30 a.m. Vulture enrichment session, at Oregon Coast Aquarium
1:30 p.m. “Wisdom of the Albatross,” at Hatfield Marine Science Center, Rob Suryan
1:30 p.m. “Bird Migration on the Oregon Coast,” at Cape Perpetua Scenic Area,* Anne Caples
2:30 p.m. “Adaptations and lifestyles of shorebirds and seabirds,” at Oregon Coast Aquarium
3 p.m. “Common Migrant & Resident Birds,” at Cape Perpetua Scenic Area, Lori G. Robertson
*Entrance or Parking Fee Required

The Spring Bird Blitz is part of International Migratory Bird Day, a global campaign to inspire people of all ages to get outdoors, learn about birds, and take part in their conservation. Environment for the Americas, the home of International Migratory Bird Day, connects educators, festival organizers, and birders by providing information and educational materials about birds and bird conservation from Canada to South America. To find out more about Environment for the Americas and International Migratory Bird Day events, please visit www.birdday.org.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 12:52 PM
January 16, 2014
Waterfowl Hunting Delayed on Coastal Refuges
Waterfowl hunting on Nestucca Bay, Siletz Bay and the Ni-les’tun Unit of Bandon Marsh will not open as hoped during the current 2013-14 waterfowl hunt season, which concludes on January 26th. Recently completed Comprehensive Conservation Plans propose to offer additional opportunties for waterfowl hunting on these three refuges. Currently those lands remain closed to waterfowl hunting while the new regulations undergo a required national review and publication process.

“Our staff worked very hard during 2012 and 2013 to prepare hunt plans to expand waterfowl hunting at Bandon Marsh Refuge and to open waterfowl hunting for the first time at Siletz Bay and Nestucca Bay refuges”, said Roy W. Lowe, Project Leader for the Oregon Coast Refuge Complex. The new hunt plan documents for the three refuges were submitted in a timely manner to the Washington DC office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. However, staff reductions there made it impossible to complete the mandatory planning and review process in time to open new hunts during the current hunting season. Authorization for new or expanded hunt programs on Refuges will become effective upon publication of the Final Rule in the Federal Register, which is expected to occur in February 2014.

“We were disappointed not to be able to provide public waterfowl hunting on refuge lands during the current waterfowl season,” said Lowe. Waterfowl hunting will be open on portions of Siletz Bay, Nestucca Bay and the Ni-les’tun Unit of Bandon Marsh throughout the 2014-15 waterfowl hunting season in accordance with State and Federal waterfowl hunting regulations.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 11:05 AM
May 13, 2013
Final Management Plans Adopted for Coastal Wildlife Refuges
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) adopted Final Comprehensive Conservation Plans (CCPs) for Bandon Marsh, Nestucca Bay, and Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuges (Refuges). These plans provide goals, objectives, and strategies for management of the three Refuges over the next 15 years.

The final CCPs emphasize expanded habitat management, restoration and monitoring along with increased public use opportunities. The CCPs were developed to provide reasonable, scientifically-grounded guidance for improving the refuges' wetlands, grasslands, riparian and upland forests and other habitats for the long-term conservation of migratory birds, anadromous fish, and native plants and animals.

"These plans represent years of effort among the Service, state and other federal agencies, local communities and other stakeholders," Oregon Coast NWR Complex Project Leader Roy Lowe stated. "They build off of established partnerships working to conserve the exceptional natural resources along the Oregon coast."

Government agencies, conservation organizations, private citizens, local landowners and other stakeholders provided input for each CCP. The Service evaluated written comments and public input on the draft plans in the fall of 2012 and revised the plans to include the new information received.

"The Service is committed to the conservation of wildlife and their habitat and these plans provide the best balance in sustaining or improving the biological integrity, diversity and environmental health of the refuges," Lowe said in a statement. "It also provides the best possible balance of expanding popular recreational opportunities while limiting impacts to wildlife and their habitat."

Copies of the CCPs are available in the references section of the Public Libraries in Bandon, Coquille, Newport, Lincoln City, Pacific City, and Tillamook. Printed or CD-ROM copies can be requested from the Refuge Office at (541) 867-4550. The CCPs may be downloaded online at www.fws.gov/oregoncoast/ccp_nes_slz_bdm.htm.

For more information, contact the refuge office at 541-867-4550, write to Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex, 2127 SE Marine Science Drive, Newport, OR 97365; or e-mail Oregoncoast@fws.gov.

-FWS-
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. Connect with our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/oregoncoast, watch our YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/usfws and download photos from our Flickr page at www.flickr.com/photos/usfwspacific.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 10:56 AM
December 21, 2012
Draft Waterfowl Hunt Plans Available for Review
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is seeking public comments on draft implementation plans for new waterfowl hunting programs on Bandon Marsh, Nestucca Bay and Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuges. These draft waterfowl hunting plans contain details on how the hunt will be conducted on the refuges, including a description of the hunt area and refuge-specific regulations. Through finalization of these plans and establishment of refuge-specific regulations, waterfowl hunting on these refuges will be allowed starting with the Fall 2013 season.

Waterfowl hunting is considered to be a legitimate and appropriate use of a National Wildlife Refuge when it is compatible with the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System and the purposes of the Refuge. During the recent preparation of the 15-year management plans for each refuge, waterfowl hunting was given careful consideration along with the need to provide sanctuary for waterfowl and other wildlife. The Service believes that as designed, these hunting programs can be implemented without causing unreasonable conflicts with other public use and management programs.

The draft hunt plans are available on the refuge website (www.fws.gov/oregoncoast) for public review and comment from December 21, 2012 through January 21, 2013. Comments on the draft hunt plans should be mailed, faxed or e-mailed to: Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex, 2127 S.E. Marine Science Drive, Newport, OR 97365-5258; fax number (541) 867-4551; or e-mail OregonCoastCCP@fws.gov.

The National Wildlife Refuge System, managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is the world's premiere system of public lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife and plants. Since President Theodore Roosevelt designated Florida's Pelican Island as the first wildlife refuge in 1903, the System has grown to more than 96 million acres, 548 refuges and 37 wetland management districts nationwide.

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. Connect with our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/usfws, follow our tweets at www.twitter.com/usfwshq, watch our YouTube Channel http://www.youtube.com/usfws and download photos from our Flickr page at http://www.flickr.com/photos/usfwshq.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 2:08 PM
September 18, 2012
Oregon Coast Refuges Release Draft Conservation Plans
Today, the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) released Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plans and Environmental Assessments (Draft CCP/EA) for Bandon Marsh, Nestucca Bay, and Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuges (Refuges). These plans describe a vision for the three Refuges and present goals, objectives, and strategies for management over the next 15 years.

The proposed action in each Draft CCP/ EA is to implement Alternative C, the Service's Preferred Alternative, which emphasizes expanded habitat management, restoration, and wildlife and habitat monitoring, and increases public use opportunities. Two additional alternatives were also analyzed. The Draft CCP/EAs were developed to provide reasonable, scientifically grounded guidance for improving the Refuges’ wetlands, grasslands, riparian and upland forests, and other habitats for the long-term conservation of migratory birds, anadromous fish, and native plants and animals. Actions for protecting and sustaining the Refuges’ habitats, migratory bird populations, and rare species are identified in the Draft CCP/EAs. Priority public use programs (wildlife observation, wildlife photography, hunting, fishing, environmental education, and interpretation) are also evaluated in the Draft CCP/EAs.

The Draft CCP/EAs will be available for review and comment beginning the week of September 17 and continuing until October 22, 2012. The Service invites the public to review the Draft CCP/EAs and encourages active participation. Copies of the plans are available in the references section of the Public Libraries in Bandon, Coquille, Newport, Lincoln City, Pacific City, and Tillamook. The full document may be accessed online at www.fws.gov/oregoncoast/ccp_nes_slz_bdm.htm. Printed or CD-ROM copies can be requested from the Refuge Office at (541) 867-4550.

Comments and questions can be mailed, faxed, or e-mailed by October 22, 2012, and should be addressed to Roy Lowe, Project Leader, Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex, 2127 SE Marine Science Drive, Newport, OR 97365; fax number (541)867-4551; or e-mail Oregoncoastccp@fws.gov. For more information please call the refuge’s office at 541-867-4550, or go to www.fws.gov/oregoncoast/ccp.htm.

After we receive public comments, we will analyze and address the comments and finalize and publish the plans in late 2012. The Final CCPs will guide the Refuges' management for 15 years, and actions will be implemented as funding becomes available.

"The planning process is a way for the Service and the public to evaluate management goals and objectives that will ensure the best approach to wildlife, plant, and habitat conservation, while providing opportunities for the public to safely enjoy fish and wildlife-oriented recreation on national wildlife refuges," said Complex Project Leader Roy W. Lowe.

The National Wildlife Refuge System, managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is the world's premiere system of public lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife and plants. Since President Theodore Roosevelt designated Florida's Pelican Island as the first wildlife refuge in 1903, the System has grown to more than 96 million acres, 548 refuges and 37 wetland management districts nationwide.

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. Connect with our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/usfws, follow our tweets at www.twitter.com/usfwshq, watch our YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/usfws and download photos from our Flickr page at http://www.flickr.com/photos/usfwshq.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 10:41 AM
May 10, 2012
IMBD Photo Contest Winners
The Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex held its first photography contest to celebrate International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD). IMBD, which highlights the migration of nearly 350 species of migratory birds between nesting habitats in North America and non-breeding grounds in Latin America, Mexico, and the Caribbean, will celebrate its 20th anniversary Saturday, May 11. The 2012 IMBD theme is “Connecting People to Bird Conservation.�

The photography contest supports this year’s theme by connecting people to birds through the lens of a camera. All photographers were encouraged to enter, either as a professional, amateur or youth. The judging was held this past week and the winners are as follows.

Amateur category
1-Great Blue Heron (wading in tidal slough) by Rick Sorensen
2-Two Eagles by Jared McArthur
3-Homeward Bound (Osprey) by Gloria O’Rourke
Honorable Mention-Bald Eagle with Common Murre by Susan Glarum
Honorable Mention-Fast Food (Scrub Jay) by Virginia Ledesma

Professional Category (limited entries)
1-Sanderling with food by Steve Dimock
2-Great Egret in nest by Lynda Bare

Best of Show
Sanderling with food by Steve Dimock

Visit our Facebook page to view the winning photos.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 12:09 PM
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