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These are all of the news releases posted on June 7, 2011.
Paddle Siletz Bay: TRIPS FULL - - NO Spaces Left!!
Our guided interpretive canoe and kayak trips are full for the 2011 summer season, but if you would like to add your name to a wait list for a specific trip, please contact Lindsay Raber directly by phone at 541-961-8715 or via email at

Siletz Bay Refuge includes some of the most scenic estuarine habitat along the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway. On either side of Highway 101, starched skeleton trees jut forth from the estuary and are reminiscent of a time when the salt marsh was diked for pasture. Osprey, Red-tailed Hawk, and occasionally Bald Eagle can be seen roosting at the top of these snags. A variety of estuarine dependent birds including Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, and many species of waterfowl can be seen foraging in the tidally influenced waters. The refuge also provides nursery grounds for Coho and Chinook salmon, steelhead, and cutthroat trout. Siletz Bay Refuge was established to protect salt marsh, brackish marsh, tidal sloughs, mudflats, coniferous and deciduous forestland, and the wildlife that depends on these unique habitats. Don’t miss your chance to participate in our interpretive tour of Siletz Bay Refuge!

Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 4:07 PM in Category: Siletz Bay NWR

Weekend Birding Programs offered at Cannon Beach
A free talk entitled "How to Attract Songbirds to Your Backyard" will be given by Dawn Grafe of the US Fish & Wildlife Service on Friday June 10 at 7:00 PM at the Cannon Beach Chamber/Community Hall. She will also lead a songbird hike on the Cannon Beach Trail the following morning, Saturday June 11 at 8:00 AM. Meet at the birding platform near the Cannon Beach lagoons near the east end of 2nd Street. Later Saturday morning, at 11:00 at the city hall council chambers, Dawn will give a talk on The Birds of Haystack Rock. All are welcome!
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 4:02 PM in Category: Oregon Coast NWR Complex

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 in Category: Bandon Marsh NWR
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