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November 13, 2014
Ducky At Dawn Walks
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service invites you to participate in a free bird watching event called Ducky at Dawn. Sunday morning at dawn throughout the month of November, wildlife refuge volunteer Lee Sliman will staff the sheltered bird observation deck at Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Six different kinds of goose along with thousands of ducks rest and feed in and around the pastures of the wildlife refuge. It’s an ideal time to see fall colors and fields covered in waterfowl of all shapes and sizes. Spotting scopes, binoculars and seating in the covered shelter will be provided to make your birding event easy.

So bundle up, bring a hot beverage, relax and before you know it those geese that ‘all looked alike’ will take on separate identities. Meet in the lower parking lot at the bird observation deck. This event is fun for the entire family.

Ducky At Dawn Offered:

November 9rd 7:30 am
November 16th 7:45 am
November 23th 8:00 am
November 30th 8:15 am


Directions:
Nestucca Bay NWR is located on the west side of Highway 101 approximately six miles south of Pacific City. To visit the refuge turn west off Highway 101 onto Christensen Road and proceed a half-mile to the lower parking lot. For more information contact volunteer Lee Sliman at 503-812-6392.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 11:11 AM in Category: Nestucca Bay NWR
November 4, 2014
Coquille Point Stairs Closed
Bandon, Ore. – On Monday, November 3 the south staircase at Coquille Point will be closed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) due to public safety concerns. The staircase has suffered structural damage as a result of geologic shifting on the point. A path and second set of stairs on Coquille Point, 800 feet to the north at the end of 8th street, will remain open, allowing Coquille Point visitors to access the beach.

In early August the Service contracted with a structural engineering firm. At their direction, movement indicators were created across all joints on the stairs. These indicators were monitored by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff for movement on a weekly basis. Also under the firm’s recommendation the Service hired a survey company to install survey points from the beach to the parking lot on both sides of the stairs to monitor movement of the slope. It was determined that the staircase could remain open until the end of October, unless movement of any joints in excess of 1/4" was detected, or a significant rain event was forecasted. Now that the rainy season has begun, the stairs will be closed as planned for an indefinite period of time to ensure public safety, while a more detailed structural and geotechnical investigation is conducted and a repair or replacement plan is developed.

“The Service realizes this creates an inconvenience for visitors to Coquille Point and we are sorry to have to close the popular staircase. However, the safety of our refuge visitors is a top priority, making this closure necessary.” said Roy Lowe, Project Leader for the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex which manages Coquille Point. “We have begun evaluating options for a long term fix through repairs or replacement.”

These stairs have provided visitors with access to Bandon Beach and rocky intertidal areas at the base of Elephant Rock since their construction in 1998. Coquille Point is managed as part of Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge. It is a spectacular place to observe seabirds and harbor seals. The point overlooks a series of coastal rocks of every shape and size that provide habitat for Common Murre, Tufted Puffin, Western Gull and Brandt's Cormorant as well as Harbor seal and rocky intertidal invertebrates. A paved trail winds over the headland and features new interpretive panels that share stories about the area's wildlife.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 2:20 PM in Category: Oregon Islands NWR
October 29, 2014
Holiday Wreath Making Workshop
As winter and the holidays approach, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service invites you to participate in a free holiday wreath making workshop. Refuge volunteer and master wreath maker Lee Sliman will teach you how to combine conifers and shrubs, native to Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge, into a beautiful wreath that is yours to keep. Holiday wreaths are beautiful, easy to make, and a fun and engaging activity for the whole family.

"We always have a great time at the wreath-making workshops and I was very impressed at the talent of the visitors. I’m excited to work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to host the workshops again this year and because of their popularity we’ve added a 3rd workshop to our calendar," said Refuge Volunteer Lee Sliman.

December 7 from 12:00 – 2:30 PM at the Connie Hansen Garden
December 13 from 10:30 AM – 1 PM at Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge
December 14 from 10:30 AM – 1 PM at Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Workshops will use greens from native trees and shrubs like Western red cedar, Douglas Fir, Western hemlock, Sitka spruce, and Salal. All materials are provided free of charge courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and include fresh-cut greens, wreath ring, wires, and ribbons. Bring special decorating items to personalize your wreath if you have them. Pruning shears or gardening gloves are encouraged. The workshops at the wildlife refuge are free; however, the workshop held at the Connie Hansen Garden will ask for a $5 donation to cover the cost of the room rental. Pre-registration is required as space and supplies are limited. Register by contacting refuge volunteer Lee Sliman at (503) 812-6392.

Directions:
Nestucca Bay NWR is located on the west side of Highway 101 approximately six miles south of Pacific City. To visit the refuge turn west off Highway 101 onto Christensen Road and proceed a half-mile to the lower parking lot. Workshop attendees will meet here.

The Connie Hansen Garden Conservancy is located off of Highway 101 in Lincoln City. To visit the Garden, turn west onto 33rd street, proceed 0.1 miles and the Garden will be on the right.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 3:34 PM in Category: Nestucca Bay NWR
September 30, 2014
Service Opens Duck Hunting at Nestucca Bay NWR
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is providing an opportunity for hunters to harvest ducks and coots on a portion of Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge). "Duck hunting has been not been offered on any part of Nestucca Bay Refuge since it was established in 1991, but now we are opening 141 acres to this wildlife-dependent opportunity which helps fulfill refuge objectives developed as part of the Nestucca Bay Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan," stated Roy Lowe, Project Leader for the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

Specifically, the Service will begin allowing hunting of ducks and coots on October 11, 2014 on 108 acres of Brooten Marsh and 33 acres at the mouth of Little Nestucca River of the Nestucca Bay Refuge. A previous version of the news release stated an incorrect opening date for duck hunting season. The Service will allow hunting on these refuge lands seven days per week in accordance with State and Federal regulations. Hunters can access refuge lands two hours before sunrise and up to one hour after sunset. Goose hunting will remain closed on all lands within Nestucca Bay Refuge to provide sanctuary for wintering Canada geese.

Brooten Marsh is a salt marsh located where the Nestucca River joins the Little Nestucca River. Hunters can access the area either by boat or walking in from a pull-out along Brooten Road near the southeast corner of the marsh. Access to the mouth of the Little Nestucca River is only possible by boat.

State hunting license requirements apply to duck and coot hunting on the refuge. Refuge regulations prohibit the construction of permanent blinds on any portion of the Refuge; however, hunters may use portable blinds or build temporary blinds from on-site dead vegetation or driftwood. Temporary blinds and decoys must be removed from the Refuge following each day's hunt, and only federally approved non-toxic shot may be transported and used on the Refuge. The 2014-2015 Oregon Game Bird Regulations can be reviewed at www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/hunting/waterfowl. For more information or to view a map of the areas open to hunting, visit the Nestucca Bay Refuge website (www.fws.gov/oregoncoast/nestuccabay/index.htm) or call the Refuge Manager 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 11:19 AM in Category: Nestucca Bay NWR

Service Opens Waterfowl Hunting at Siletz Bay NWR
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is providing an opportunity for hunters to harvest waterfowl on a portion of Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge). "Waterfowl hunting has been not been offered on any part of Siletz Bay Refuge since it was established in 1991, but now we are opening 199 acres to this wildlife-dependent opportunity which helps fulfill refuge objectives developed as part of the Siletz Bay Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan," stated Roy Lowe, Project Leader for the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

Specifically, the Service will begin allowing hunting of ducks, geese and coots October seven days per week on refuge-owned lands that are west of Highway 101. These lands consist of 80 acres of salt marsh where the Siletz River empties into the bay. All waterfowl hunting will follow state seasons, with duck and coot season beginning October 11 and goose hunting on October 18. A previous version of the news release stated an incorrect opening date for waterfowl hunting seasons. Waterfowl hunting has occurred on the state-owned tidelands of Siletz Bay west of U.S Highway 101 for many decades. The tidelands are managed by the Oregon Division of State Lands and are legally open to hunting so long as the hunter remains 200 yards or more from the shoreline/road. The Service has established a 100-yard safety zone to prohibit hunting on refuge property that extends westward from the refuge property line on the west side of the housing development of Siletz Keys.

The Service will allow the hunting of waterfowl three days per week on 119 acres of refuge lands that are east of Highway 101 and south of Millport Slough. Specifically, hunters will be allowed to hunt ducks, geese, and coots on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. Hunters accessing lands east of U.S. Highway 101 and south of Millport Slough will access the site by using a small parking area and trail located on South Millport Slough Road or by boat. In the future, the existing parking area and trail will be improved by the Service to support waterfowl hunting. To minimize potential conflict between refuge users and reduce associated safety issues, lands south of Millport Slough that are open to waterfowl hunting will remain closed to wildlife observation, photography, and interpretation. Hunters accessing lands west of U.S. Highway 101 via foot will be directed to use caution since no parking or official access point will be provided by the Refuge.

State hunting license requirements apply to waterfowl and coot hunting on the Refuge. Refuge regulations prohibit the construction of permanent blinds on any portion of the Refuge; however, hunters may use portable blinds or build temporary blinds from on-site dead vegetation or driftwood. Temporary blinds and decoys must be removed from the Refuge following each day's hunt, and only federally approved non-toxic shot may be transported and used on the Refuge. Hunters can access refuge lands two hours before sunrise and up to one hour after sunset. The 2014-2015 Oregon Game Bird Regulations can be reviewed at www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/hunting/waterfowl. For more information or to view a map of the areas open to hunting visit the Siletz Bay Refuge website (www.fws.gov/oregoncoast/siletzbay/index.htm) or call the Refuge Manager 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 11:16 AM in Category: Siletz Bay NWR

Service Expands Waterfowl Hunting at Bandon Marsh NWR
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is expanding opportunities to hunt waterfowl on Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge). Waterfowl hunting has been offered on a portion of Bandon Marsh Refuge since it was established in 1983, but now the opportunity for the public to hunt waterfowl on the Refuge is being expanded to include an additional 286 acres on the Ni-les'tun Unit. "An expanded hunting program provides a quality wildlife-dependent opportunity and helps fulfill refuge objectives developed as part of the Bandon Marsh Refuge 15-year Management Plan," stated Roy Lowe, Project Leader for the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Lowe further stated that "Bandon Marsh Refuge is currently one of the only available public waterfowl hunting lands within the Coquille River watershed and provides hunters with an opportunity to harvest geese, ducks, and coots."

The portion of the Bandon Marsh Refuge west of Highway 101 (Bandon Marsh Unit) and outside of Bandon city limits will continue to be open for waterfowl hunting seven days a week during all authorized waterfowl seasons. Hunters will access lands west of Highway 101 by using the Refuge’s paved public parking lot located on the west side of Riverside Drive. They may also access the area by boat during higher tides from the Coquille River. Hunters should be aware that the southern 1/3 of this part of the Refuge is closed to hunting because it falls within the city limits of Bandon. The southern boundary of the public hunting area is posted with "Public Hunting Area" signs.

The latest expansion of the waterfowl hunting program occurs on refuge lands located east of U.S. Highway 101 known as the Ni-les'tun Unit. Waterfowl hunting will be allowed on 286 acres of restored tidal marsh. Hunters will be able to access the area by foot from the refuge’s parking lot along North Bank Lane and by boat from the Coquille River east of the mouth of Fahys Creek. In accordance with state waterfowl seasons, goose, duck and coot hunting in the Ni-les’tun Unit will open on October 11, 2014 and will be permitted on the unit three days per week: Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. Goose hunting on the Bandon Marsh Unit will open October 4, and duck and coot hunting on October 11, 2014. A previous version of the news release stated an incorrect opening date for waterfowl hunting seasons. Hunters can access the unit two hours before sunrise and remain up to one hour after sunset.

State hunting license requirements apply for all waterfowl hunting on the Refuge. Refuge regulations prohibit the construction of permanent blinds on any portion of the Refuge; however, hunters may use portable blinds or build temporary blinds from on-site dead vegetation or driftwood. Temporary blinds and decoys must be removed from the Refuge following each day's hunt, and only federally approved non-toxic shot may be transported and used on the Refuge. The 2014-2015 Oregon Game Bird Regulations for waterfowl hunting can be reviewed at www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/hunting/waterfowl. For more information or a map of the areas open to hunting, visit the Bandon Marsh Refuge website (www.fws.gov/oregoncoast/bandonmarsh/index.htm) or call the Refuge 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 11:14 AM in Category: Bandon Marsh NWR
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