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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
October 12, 2006
Oregon Coast Birding Trail website Launched!
Happy Autumn, I hope all of you are enjoying the fall migration. From our perspective the summer was extremely busy as the steering committee for the Oregon Coast Birding Trail continued fundraising, and worked diligently writing, editing, and finalizing the trail. I encourage you to read through this update and direct any questions about the Oregon Coast Birding Trail to Dawn Grafe at dawn_grafe@fws.gov or Rebecah Morris at Rmorris@VisitTheOregonCoast.com.

WEBSITE LAUNCHED!
We are more than pleased to announce the website for the trail is now online. Visit it at www.OregonCoastBirding.com and pass along the URL for the site to all of your birding friends. As many of you will recall, the original plan called for publishing the guide first followed by development of a website. However, with the popularity of the internet, ease of accessibility, and low cost the steering committee decided to first publish the website. This also allows us to correct any mistakes before the full color glossy brochure is printed in November 2006 and then sent out for distribution. The site is a series of PDF files which are easy to download in sections. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the files (www.adobe.com). Comments on the content of the website are welcome and encouraged, but do keep in mind that the site is still a work in progress and changes will be made regularly to improve the site and include additional information. One of the sections we will be working on is hot linking the sponsor page and adding sponsor logos. We would also encourage you add a link from your web site to the www.OregonCoastBirding.com web site. We hope you will agree that In House Graphics in Salem, Oregon did an outstanding job on the layout and design.

SPONSORSHIP AND ADVERTISING
Thank you to all of the sponsors and advertisers that came on board to support nature based tourism on the Oregon coast. This project could NOT have happened without them. Financial support for the guide came from local communities along the Oregon coast and was a very important part of development of the trail. The guide itself encourages visiting birders to patronize the businesses and visitor centers that sponsored sites or advertised in the trail guide as these groups are working together to make tourism sustainable along the entire Oregon coast.

PHOTOGRAPHS SOLICITED
We think you will agree that the guide is an attractive publication in addition to a practical one. This is due in large part to the myriad of beautiful images that brighten the pages. All images in the guide were donated by wildlife photographers from Oregon. The steering committee for the trail would like to express our thanks to the generosity of each and every one of these photographers many of whom make their living from photography or enjoy it as a hobby. As you scan the guide, you will notice images showing common birds as well as uncommon ones. We hope the guide piques the interest of birders from around the world and images often do the best job of speaking to the experience a birder will have on the coast.

MARKETING
After the guide is published later in the year, the steering committee will initiate a marketing plan to reach birders throughout Oregon, the United States and beyond. The Oregon Coast Visitors Association and Travel Oregon will team up to advertise the Oregon Coast Birding Trail in leading Bird oriented publications. In addition, we will be working on getting the trail advertised on birding websites including the American Birding Association, National Audubon Society, Travel Oregon and more.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 2:20 PM
July 24, 2006
The Oregon Shorebird Festival celebrates 20 Years
The Oregon Shorebird Festival, one of the longest running bird festivals in Oregon, will celebrate 20 years in September. Birdwatchers of all skill levels are encouraged to join us and experience firsthand the wonder of shorebird migration on the scenic south coast from September 8, 9, and 10. The festival is headquartered at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology in the small fishing community of Charleston, OR. The festival usually attracts between 50 to 90 visitors from all over the nation but primarily from the Pacific Northwest. The Festival is small compared to the larger wildlife festivals that have premiered in the past ten years; keeping the festival intimate so visitors are able to interact more closely with field trip leaders, guest speakers and other festival attendees.

Activities include expertly guided field trips to Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, New River and the Coos Bay area; a Saturday pelagic trip hosted by The Bird Guide, Inc.; SEA watches for seabirds and marine mammals and evening programs on current bird research. The Friday evening presentation will be given by Ram Papish, Wildlife Artist, Seabird Biologist, and Bird Enthusiast. The photography-filled presentation is titled "The Birds' Turn: The wildlife of Tern Island" and will show glimpses of Tern's wildlife while describing on-going conservation efforts. The Keynote presentation on Saturday features Dr. Dennis Paulson, Director Emeritus of the Slater Museum of Natural History and author of Shorebirds of the Pacific Northwest. Dr. Paulson will present "Birds of the Wind and the Tides" a natural history of shorebirds, primarily those of the Pacific coast.

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, rarities have included Ruff, Curlew sandpiper, Mongolian plover, and Hudsonian godwit. Regular migrants include Black-bellied plover, Semi-palmated plover, Pacific golden-plover, Western sandpiper, Least sandpiper, Dunlin, Whimbrel, Long-billed dowitcher, and Red-necked phalarope. Please join us 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 or contact Dawn Grafe at 541-867-4550.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 12:21 PM

Oregon North Coast Gets AmeriCorps EE Specialist
The Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) Complex has received a $43,390 grant from the Columbia River Estuarine Coastal Fund, through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF). The grant allows the Oregon Coast NWR Complex to employ an Environmental Education (EE) Specialist for two years through the AmeriCorps program. The EE Specialist will develop, coordinate and implement a "Wildlife in the Classroom" project which will bring coastal-specific environmental education to schools on the Oregon north coast. Wildlife in the Classroom will greatly increase the scope of environmental education in Clatsop and Tillamook county schools by instructing both teachers and students about the ecology and conservation of seabirds, shorebirds and estuaries through in-class presentations, field trips, teacher workshops and traveling activity boxes. The goal is to increase the understanding and awareness of coastal wildlife conservation among students and teachers throughout these two counties. The scope of the project is limited to the Oregon north coast by the grant stipulations.

The EE Specialist will be utilizing nationally recognized U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) environmental education programs for grades K-12, including the Nature of Learning Program, the Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program, and the International Shorebird Sister Schools Program. In addition, the EE Specialist will work with other agencies and conservation groups in Tillamook and Clatsop counties to provide a positive, consistent and unified message to school children about their role in conservation. The EE Specialist will also assist other groups conducting EE programs in the area, including the Tillamook Estuaries Partnership, the Columbia River Maritime Museum, and the Haystack Rock Awareness Program.

The EE position for 2006 has been filled by Amanda Gladics, a Pacific Northwest native with an extensive resume covering both E.E. and bird ecology. She has worked as a raptor center assistant and educator at the Glen Helen Outdoor Education and Raptor Center presenting formal programs to children and adults about raptor behavior and ecology, and the local flora and fauna of the area. She also worked with Aplomado Falcons as a hack site attendant for The Peregrine Fund in Kent, Texas. In addition, Amanda worked as a group leader for Advocates for Women in Science where she planned, organized and led science based after school meetings for middle school girls in Portland, Oregon. Amanda is also no stranger to AmeriCorps as she served an 11 month position through the VISTA program at Camp Stevens in Julian, California, where she planned and implemented experiential EE for middle school students.

Establishment of the Columbia River Estuarine Coastal Fund dates back to spring 2004, when the owners of the marine vessels named Spring Drake, Hoegh Minerva, and Agia Erini were charged with violating federal pollution laws. As part of these settlements, the courts ordered $1,300,000 in community service payments to be made to NFWF to be invested in conservation projects in the area of environmental impact. Together with USFWS, NFWF used the funds to establish the Columbia River Estuarine Coastal Fund as a grant making program to be used to finance: a) on the ground habitat conservation, restoration and management projects in and along the Columbia River below the Bonneville Dam and the adjacent coasts of Oregon (up to and including Tillamook Bay) and Washington (up to and including Willapa Bay) that may be affected by estuarine flows to benefit the fish and wildlife resources and the habitats upon which they depend; b) landowner outreach and incentive programs for restoration and management of natural resources in the same geographic area; c) public use and natural/cultural projects that benefit the Services National Wildlife Refuge System; d) collaborative projects from local communities seeking environmentally and economically sustainable solutions to natural resource problems; and e) applied research that is directly related to improvement of natural resources management in the same geographic area.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 2:58 PM
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