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April 10, 2013
Explore Siletz Bay Refuge by Canoe or Kayak
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service invites you to explore Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) during a series of ten guided canoe and kayak trips during June, July, and August 2013. During these trips visitors will spend about two hours paddling through the heart of Siletz Bay Refuge while learning about its wildlife and natural history.

Participants must provide their own canoe or kayak for each trip. If you don't have one available, single person kayaks can be rented from the Siletz Moorage or other venues in the Lincoln City area. For your safety please dress appropriately for paddling in all weather conditions and wearing a personal floatation device (PFD) is mandatory.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service can provide binoculars, field guides, and PFD’s to use during the trip if needed. Trips are limited in size, therefore, you must call ahead to make a reservation. Reservations are taken on a first-come first-served basis. Once you are registered we will send out additional information regarding the trips. All trips will launch within 15 minutes of the time listed. Please check our website for updates and space availability www.fws.gov/oregoncoast/calendar.

Siletz Bay is one of the estuaries located 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 some 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. Don’t miss your chance to participate in our interpretive paddle tour of Siletz Bay Refuge! To make a reservation contact Julia Ledbetter at 541-270-0610 or julia_ledbetter@fws.gov.

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.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 11:33 AM in Category: Siletz Bay NWR
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