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September 15, 2008
Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge Grand Opening
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) in partnership with the Pacific City Arts Association (PCAA) will host a celebration of Wildlife and the Arts on Saturday, October 11, 2008. The free, community-wide event is in honor of the grand opening of the Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge near Cloverdale on the north Oregon coast. This event will be followed in the afternoon by two exciting and informative presentations in Pacific City.

The Refuge will open at 9 a.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:45 a.m. followed by free guided walks from 11 a.m. – 12:30 pm. Visitors are also welcome to explore the new Pacific View Trail. Refuge staff will be onsite to answer questions from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Beginning at sunrise the Lincoln City Audubon Society will sponsor “The Big Sit� which is a nationwide bird-a-thon where the object is to tally as many bird species seen or heard during a 24 hour period while those recording sit in a 17-foot circle.

Beginning at 2 p.m. Roy Lowe, Project Leader for the Oregon Coast Refuge Complex will present the “Natural History of Nestucca Bay Refuge� at the Pacific Coast Bible Church (35170 Brooten Road, Pacific City). This visual presentation will include an historical background of the new refuge and why it is important to wildlife.

At 3 p.m. Jeni Foster, a lecturer on the Chautauqua circuit, will present “BirdSong: Birds as metaphors in American folk music�, a performance/lecture sponsored by PCAA. Ms. Foster will explore the symbolism of birds within the rich heritage of American folk music and illustrate how the dynamic language of metaphor is essential to poets and songwriters. This collection of songs, stories and fascinating facts is sure to delight and inspire anyone who appreciates birds. Numerous galleries, restaurants and businesses throughout Pacific City will be showcasing wildlife works of art. Enjoy touring all of them throughout the day beginning at 11 a.m.

The Refuge is located on the west side of Highway 101 approximately six miles south of Pacific City. To visit the refuge turn west off of Highway 101 onto Christensen Road and proceed a half mile to the parking lot. For more information contact Dawn Grafe at 541-867-4550 or visit the following website: www.fws.gov/oregoncoast.

The Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1991 to provide sanctuary for a portion of the declining Dusky Canada Goose population and for the endangered Aleutian Cackling Goose. The Refuge has seen many changes over the years, including the recovery of the Aleutian Cackling Goose, Bald Eagle, and Peregrine Falcon, and the restoration of 82 acres of tidal marsh and 50 acres of forestland.

In 2004 the Oregon Dept. of Transportation awarded a federal Transportation Enhancement Act grant to the USFWS to design and construct visitor facilities on the Nestucca Bay Refuge. The completed project includes two parking lots; a paved, wheelchair-accessible trail that leads to an elevated viewing deck; road improvements; interpretive panels; and a single vault restroom. The paved Pacific View Trail and Deck, perched atop Cannery Hill, affords visitors a sweeping view of the Pacific Ocean, Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge (Haystack Rock at Pacific City), Nestucca Bay Refuge, the Coast Range, and the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway.

Schedule of Events

9:00 am Nestucca Bay Wildlife Refuge Opens

10:45 am Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Pacific View Deck

11 am–12:30 pm Guided Walks (start from Pacific Viewing Deck)
Historical Walk
Bird Walk
Forest Walk (sponsored by Oregon Women in Timber)

12:00 – 2:00 pm Lunch at any of the Pacific City restaurants exhibiting wildlife works.

2:00 pm History of Nestucca Bay Refuge by Roy Lowe (Pacific Coast Bible Church (35170 Brooten Road, Pacific City))

3:00 pm "Birdsong: Birds as Metaphor in American Folk Music" Performance-lecture by Chautauqua lecturer Jeni Foster (Pacific Coast Bible Church (35170 Brooten Road, Pacific City))

Sunrise to Sunset: The Big Sit on the Pacific View Deck at Nestucca Bay Refuge. Sponsored by Lincoln City Audubon Society

11:00 am to sunset Track the Art. Please visit the following establishments to view wildlife art works throughout Pacific City.
• Pacific City Library -- Stained glass works by Frank Fauth. Exhibited throughout October
• Oregon Coast Bank -- Ginny Jacobs art works during the week. Closed Saturdays.
• The Burkhardt Gallery -- Paintings by Elaine Overdorff, art work by Marilyn Burkhardt and photographs by Julius Jortner
• The Village Merchants -- Art works and wildlife books.
• The Freed Gallery -- Emphasizing wildlife works.
• The Dapper Frog -- Frog art and more
• Beach Wood Gallery and Gifts & Shirley’s Smile Shop -- Works by artists Deb Justice and Donna Ludwig Peterson
• Pacific City Inn -- A display of wildlife art in the office
• Pacific City Gallery -- Artworks of fish, turtles, jellyfish, stained glass ducks, and birds.
• Judith Schlicting’s Row Boat Gallery -- Wildlife works and fine art. The Inn at Cape Kiwanda
• The Pelican Pub -- Pelicans created by students of the Neskowin Valley School
• Stimulus Coffee Shop -- Paintings by Michael Schlicting
• The Grateful Bread -- Featuring artists Mike Loney, Mark Cavatorta and others

The mission of the USFWS 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 in Category: Nestucca Bay NWR
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