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December 4, 2009
Comprehensive Conservation Plan for Marine Refuges Completed
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is pleased to announce the completion of a Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) for Oregon Islands, Three Arch Rocks, and Cape Meares National Wildlife Refuges. In 2006, the USFWS Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex initiated a planning process called Comprehensive Conservation Planning to review the wildlife, habitat and public use activities on Cape Meares, Oregon Islands, and Three Arch Rocks National Wildlife Refuges (NWRs). The purpose of the CCP is to guide management of these resources for the next 15 years.

The Service selected Alternative 2 for the Refuges CCP. This alternative places greater emphasis on establishing and working through partnerships with state and federal agencies, non-profits, educational institutions and private citizens to accomplish needed wildlife and habitat inventories, surveys, monitoring, research, and opportunities for public use. Now that the plan has been completed, the Service will begin implementing proposed projects and partnerships as funding becomes available.

If you are interested in obtaining a copy of the completed CCP, please contact the Refuge Complex office at (541) 867-4550.

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.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 12:00 AM
April 6, 2009
Portland Student Wins the OR 2009 Federal JDS Competition


Sarah Kang, a 16 year-old student who attends Westview High School in Portland received Best of Show for Oregon for the 2009 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Art Competition. Her colored pencil drawing of a pair of Barrow's Goldeneye will represent Oregon in the 2009 National Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest to be held at the National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C. on April 22, 2009.

Sarah submitted her artwork with the support of her art instructor from Young's Art in Vancouver, WA. Sarah has been drawing since she was a little girl, but has only been attending formal art classes for about a year and this is her first win in any competition. When asked about the future, Sarah stated she very interested in Art but is also considering a career in dentistry or medicine.

For the first time ever, Oregon had a tie for Best of Show. Upon conducting a tie-breaker, Sarah's art was chosen as the overall winner. The other student who tied for Best of Show was none other than Sarah's little Sister, Esther Kang, age 12. Esther's colored pencil drawing of a Northern Shoveler won her a first place for her grade category and was stiff competition for her big sister during the Best of Show judging.

The conservation message winner for Oregon for 2009 is Sanjana Chandhok, Age 9, from Beaverton. She wrote "Conserving the environment is a priceless gift for generations to come." Sanjana will be honored along with the top 36 winners from across Oregon on April 25 during the annual Awards Ceremony in Corvallis.

The 1st place winner of the National competition will have his or her artwork portrayed on the 2009-2010 Junior Duck Stamp. With this honor, they will be awarded a $5,000 cash award and free trip to Washington, DC during the summer of 2009 to attend the First Day of Sales Ceremony, along with art teacher, one parent/guardian, and the State Coordinator.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 12:00 AM
June 8, 2007
Dawn Grafe Receives the 2007 ARC Legends Award
Dawn Grafe, Supervisory Park Ranger for the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex, has been selected to receive the 2007 Legends Award from the American Recreation Coalition (ARC). The ARC is a Washington-based non-profit organization which strives to promote and facilitate public/private partnerships to enhance and protect outdoor recreational opportunities and the resources upon which such experiences are based.

The Legends Awards are presented annually to one representative each from six Federal agencies, and Dawn is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recipient. The Awards are given in recognition of the recipient's successful efforts to enhance outdoor recreation facilities, resources and experiences on Federal lands. As Supervisory Park Ranger for the Refuge Complex, Dawn is responsible for overseeing outreach, recreation, environmental education and volunteer programs on Cape Meares, Nestucca Bay, Oregon Islands, Siletz Bay and Three Arch Rocks National Wildlife Refuges spanning 320 miles of the Oregon coast.

Dawn is also involved with many refuge partners for outreach and recreation programs on non-refuge lands along the Oregon coast. Her recent accomplishments include playing a pivotal role in the development of the Oregon Coast Birding Trail. The self-guided driving tour of the birding trail covers the entire Oregon and Northern California coastline and features 173 prime birding destinations. Dawn was also instrumental in the Refuge Complex receiving a $1/2 million Oregon Department of Transportation grant to develop public use facilities on the Nestucca Bay refuge.

In addition, Dawn's accomplishments include development of interpretive canoe/kayak trips on Siletz Bay refuge; establishment of a volunteer network along the Oregon coast locating interpreters at refuge and state park overlooks where they interpret seabirds, marine mammals and other natural history to the tens of thousands of visitors; coordination of the Oregon Shorebird Festival and extensive involvement in the Pacific City Birding and Blues Festival; conducting annual seabird training for interns and docents working for Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management; working with Friends Groups at Cape Meares and Haystack Rock; and managing the largest Shorebird Sister Schools Program in the nation.

"Dawn is a talented, enthusiastic and dedicated person", said Roy W. Lowe, Project Leader for the Oregon Coast Refuge Complex. "Since joining our staff in 2001, Dawn has built up a fledgling public use program to one that is now being honoring nationally, and her award is well deserved", said Lowe.

Dawn will be presented the 2007 Legends Award by the America Recreation Coalition at an awards ceremony in Washington DC on June 12, 2007, as part of the Great Outdoors Week celebration.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 3:56 PM
April 25, 2007
International Migratory Bird Day Celebration

Join the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Bonding with Birds Volunteers and friends from the Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC) as they celebrate International Migratory Bird Day at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area on Saturday, May 12, 2007. This interpretive and interactive event, organized by USFWS AmeriCorps members, is being held to celebrate the arrival and passing through of thousands of migrating birds. Spring marks an exciting time of year at Yaquina Head as Common Murre, Pigeon Guillemots, and Brandts Cormorants arrive to raise their young in rookeries that include over 25,000 birds!

During this event, visitors will enjoy breathtaking views of the seabirds nesting on Colony Rock and their comings and goings from the roiling Pacific Ocean. The entire event is open to the general public and starts at 8:30 am and ends at 1:00 pm. The day begins with a free Yaquina Birders and Naturalists birding trip led by Range Bayer from 8:30 am to 11:00 am. To attend this please meet at the Interpretive Center at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area and let the fee booth know that you are here for this trip to receive free entry. From 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, USFWS Project Leader Roy Lowe, Biological ScienceTechnician Amanda Gladics and Bonding with Birds volunteers will be stationed with spotting scopes at viewpoints offering tips on birding and fun facts about seabird biology. Also during this time USFWS AmeriCorps members Emily Eppinger and Rebecca Schiewe will be leading bird related crafts and activities for children in the lobby of the Interpretive Center. At 11:15 am, Bill Hanshumaker, Public Marine Education Specialist with SeaGrant will lead a hands-on discussion entitled: Antarcticas Gentoo Penguins: Parallel Adaptations to Northwest Seabirds in the Interpretive Center. At 12:00 pm Dawn Grafe with USFWS will dedicate the Oregon Coast Birding Trail in the Interpretive Center. The Birding Trail is a self-guided driving itinerary highlighting the premier locations for observing birds along the entire Oregon coast and into Northern California. Local birders, wildlife professionals and tourism specialists produced this comprehensive guide to 173 birding hotspots to help you make the most out of your birdwatching experience.

Bring the whole family to the International Migratory Bird Day Celebration at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area on May 12, 2007. Please note that Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area charges a fee of 5 dollars per vehicle. For more information contact Rebecca Schiewe at 541-867-4550.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 6:28 PM
March 28, 2007
Tigard Student Wins the Oregon 2007 Federal JDS Competition

Joy Brenneman, a 17 year-old home schooled Senior from Tigard, won Best of Show in Oregon for the 2007 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Art Competition. Her chalk pastel on suede drawing of a Tundra Swan will represent Oregon in the 2007 National Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest to be held at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. on April 27, 2007.

Joy submitted her artwork with the support of her art instructor Roberta St. Louis. Joy has been attending classes with Ms. St. Louis since September 2006 and this is only her second time drawing using this medium. Ms. St. Louis is a well known instructor and supporter of the Junior Duck Stamp Program. Five entries were received from her students this year and include, the Best of Show for Oregon, one 1st Place, two 2nd Place, and an Honorable Mention winner. Ms. St. Louis' students have been entering this program since 2001 and this will be the third Best of Show credited to one of her students.

Joy has won 1st Place and 2nd Place awards with submissions to the Oregon State Fair. Joy has been accepted to two colleges next year, however she hasn't decided on which to attend. Joy is considering a double major in Art and Literature or a Major in Literature and a Minor in Art. She is supported by her loving family consisting of her parents, one older sister, 2 younger sisters, and 1 younger brother, now 6. Joy's younger brother was diagnosed with cancer 2 years ago and thankfully is now in remission. Unfortunately, he is still suffering other side effects of the treatments. Joy was praised recently by her father for her strength and support she gives to her little brother. The title of her entry, "Hope is the thing with Feathers...", the first line of an Emily Dickinson poem, was chosen with thoughts of her brother.

The 1st place winner of the National competition will have his or her artwork portrayed on the 2007-2008 Junior Duck Stamp. With this honor, they will be awarded a $5,000 cash award and free trip to Washington, DC during the summer of 2007 to attend the First Day of Sales Ceremony, along with art teacher, one parent/guardian, and the State Coordinator.

A five judge panel had the challenge of selecting Joy's entry from the record 803 entries received from throughout Oregon. The judging for the Oregon competition was held at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Regional Office in Portland on Thursday, March 22nd, 2007. This year's judges were Mark Nebeker, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife; Fred Paveglio, US Fish and Wildlife Service; Mike Marxen, US Fish and Wildlife Service; Eve Prior, The Nature Conservancy; and Peter Mathios, Freelance Artist. The coordinator for the Oregon competition is Pam Johnson, Administrative Officer for the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex in Newport.

The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program is a nationwide competition, sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which integrates art and science in a curriculum that fosters student awareness and appreciation of waterfowl and wetlands through artistic talent. Public, private, and home school students from kindergarten through twelfth grade are encouraged to compete in this unique "conservation through the arts" program. This year makes the 15-year anniversary of the National Federal Junior Duck Stamp.

Junior Duck Stamps can be purchased for $5.00 at the U.S. Postal Service or from Amplex Corporation Consignees. Proceeds from the sale of Junior Duck Stamps support conservation education, awards and scholarships.

The top 36 results of the Oregon 2007 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Competition are as follows:

Best of Show: Joy Brenneman, Age 17, St. Louis Art Studio

GRADES K-3

1st Place:

Stuti Garg, Age 7, Art Classes with Ingrid Harper
Mira Khare, Age 8, Art Classes with Ingrid Harper
Crystal Liu, Age 8, Jiao Ying Chinese Culture & Art School

2nd Place:

Jessica Xiao, Age 6, Jiao Ying Chinese Culture & Art School
Aanya Khaira, Age 6, Art Classes with Ingrid Harper
Nimisha Kapur, Age 8, Art Classes with Ingrid Harper

3rd Place:

Felix Tse, Age 4, Art Classes with Ingrid Harper
Jordan Lei, Age 8, Jiao Ying Chinese Culture & Art School
Taylor Allen, Age 9, Art Classes with Ingrid Harper

GRADES 4-6

1st Place:

Amy Roluffs, Age 12, Renaissance School of Fine Art
Darwin Mendyke, Age 10, Jiao Ying Chinese Culture & Art School
Foster Thomas, Age 9, Art: Language of the Self

2nd Place:

Yixin Zhang, Age 11, Jiao Ying Chinese Culture & Art School
Alea Eason, Age 10, St. Louis Art Studio
Karina Wai, Age 11, Jiao Ying Chinese Culture & Art School

3rd Place:

Sherril Wang, Age 11, Jiao Ying Chinese Culture & Art School
Amy Wang, Age 12, Jiao Ying Chinese Culture & Art School
Megan Roluffs, Age 12, Renaissance School of Fine Arts

GRADES 7-9

1st Place:

Andrea Fisher, Age 15, Renaissance School of Fine Arts
Lillian Thomas, Age 12, Art: Language of the Self
Christine Swanson, Age 15, Horizon Christian High School

2nd Place:

Rose Shan, Age 14, Sun Century Art Class
Diana Zhu, Age 14, Jiao Ying Chinese Culture & Art School
Jason Wang, Age 14, Jiao Ying Chinese Culture & Art School

3rd Place:

Halley Flake, Age 13, Jiao Ying Chinese Culture & Art School
Jayna Lack, Age 14, Hidden Valley High School
Grace McBrearty, Age 13, Art Classes with Ingrid Harper

GRADES 10-12

1st Place:

Hengxin Cui, Age 15, Sun Century Art Class
Janosz Dewberry, Age 16, St. Louis Art Studio

2nd Place:

Erin Connelly, Age 16, Renaissance School of Fine Arts
Gabrielle Shimer, Age 15, St. Louis Art Studio
Eunyoung Ko, Age 16, McMinnville High School

3rd Place:

Inka Rein Jungwirth, Age 17, Hidden Valley High School
Julio Martinez, Age 17, Grant Union High School
Song-Yi Roh, Age 18, McMinnville High School

For information, please contact Pam Johnson, Oregon Junior Duck Stamp Coordinator or Roy W. Lowe, Project Leader, Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex (541) 867-4550.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 4:19 PM
October 30, 2006
USFWS to Hold Refuge Planning Meetings in November
The Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex has initiated a planning process called "Comprehensive Conservation Planning" to review the wildlife, habitat and public use activities on Cape Meares, Oregon Islands, and Three Arch Rocks National Wildlife Refuges (NWRs). Five public Open House meetings will be held in communities along the Oregon coast in November 2006 to explain this process and to seek input from the public, interested government agencies, elected officials, Tribes, and conservation organizations regarding their interests, concerns, and viewpoints about important management issues on these refuges.

A Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) is a 15-year plan that guides a NWR's management decisions, and identifies long-range refuge goals, objectives, and strategies for achieving the purposes for which the refuge was established. During the CCP planning process, many elements will be considered, including wildlife and habitat protection and management, and public use opportunities. More information about the CCP process is available at www.fws.gov/pacific/planning/#plan.

Please share your ideas by attending one of the upcoming public open house meetings or by submitting written comments to the refuge. The public open house meetings will be held Wednesday, November 1 at the Newport High School Boone Center Room; Thursday, November 2 at the Oceanside Community center; Wednesday, November 8 at Cannon Beach Elementary School; Tuesday, November 14 at the Brookings High School cafeteria; and Wednesday, November 15 at Bandon High School. All Open House meetings will be between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. For more information please call the refuge's Newport office at 541-867-4550, or go to www.fws.gov/oregoncoast/.

Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 1:28 PM
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