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These are all of the news releases posted in March, 2012.
Wednesday, 14
Birding and Blues Festival coming in April
Registration for the ninth annual Pacific City Birding and Blues Festival is now open at the event’s web site, www.birdingandblues.com, or by phone at (503) 965-6247.
Held April 13-15 in Pacific City, the event features a slate of birding experts including Terry Steele, a photographer whose striking bird images punctuate his passionate approach to the appreciation of nature. His presentation is part of three days of lectures by respected regional birding experts, as well as two live birds of prey exhibitions. Seminars will address topics ranging from bird conservation to the natural history of seabirds, from the Characteristics of the Dusky Canada Goose to Beginning Birding and Gardening for Birds — and much more.
For the outdoor minded, the festival features 14 birding hikes led by experienced birders to a wide variety of local habitat. Amongst the offerings are trips to Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Clay Myers State Natural Area, Camp Winema and Neskowin Marsh.
Registration for three days of excursions and seminars is $50 for immediate families, $25 for adults and $10 for students. Birding & Blues has something to offer all ages and interests — even a free Community Open House on Friday afternoon.
A free birds of prey demonstration will be offered Friday afternoon and kids can help decorate the Kiawanda Community Center’s great hall in a children’s workshop on bird-themed art led by Kim and Mark Cavatorta of Slug Soup. Following the free community open house at 7p.m. Friday, for a nominal fee, the festival is proud to be showing the feature film, “The Big Year�, starring Steve Martin and Jack Black.
For a different vantage point, birders can opt for one of the festival’s kayak excursions. Trips include a 2-hour kayak expedition on the Little Nestucca River on Saturday and Sunday. Or take an all-day birding journey on the Three Capes Scenic Tour, a 60-mile round trip that features stops along the Pacific Ocean, Netarts Bay, Cape Lookout, Cape Meares Forest and Tillamook pastures — each a unique birding habitat. Additional fees apply to add-on excursions.
Music is always a part of any Birding and Blues celebration and this year is no exception. We welcome the ‘Cajun Swampytonk-style’ blues sound of the Purple Cats on Friday, April 13 from 8:30-11 p.m. at the Oar House Bar & Grill (no charge, 21 or older), and the festival’s first ever double bill on Saturday, April 14, featuring the Sandy Saunders Band from 8-9:30 p.m. and The Strange Tones from 9:30-11 p.m.. Both Saturday bands will perform at the Kiawanda Community Center and are open to all ages. Admission to the Saturday bands is $10; or purchase a special pass that includes festival field trips, seminars and both concerts.
To complement the major acts at the Oar House and Community Center, Rob Richter will play two solo guitar performances on Friday and Saturday from 5-7p.m. at Twist Wine Co. (no charge, 21 or older).
For more information on the 2012 Birding & Blues Festival or to register in advance, visit www.birdingandblues.com. Early registration secures a space on your preferred hiking excursion or kayak trip.
The 2012 Birding & Blues Festival is presented by its many generous sponsors and the Pacific City-Nestucca Valley Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 9:28 AM / Category: Nestucca Bay NWR
Tuesday, 6
Bandon Marsh Restoration Team Recognized by the AFS
Bandon Marsh Restoration Team Recognized by the
Oregon Chapter of the American Fisheries Society

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and its valued tidal marsh restoration partners have been recognized by the Oregon Chapter of the American Fisheries Society (AFS) for the recently completed Ni-les’tun Tidal Marsh Restoration Project on Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). The restoration partners were presented Oregon’s “2012 Fishery Team of the Year Award� at the Awards Luncheon held during the 48th Annual Meeting of the Oregon Chapter of the American Fisheries Society in Eugene, Oregon on March 1, 2012.

The 418-acre tidal marsh restoration project was completed on Bandon Marsh NWR in the summer of 2011. It is the largest tidal marsh restoration project ever constructed in Oregon. In addition to the Service, restoration partners recognized at the luncheon included the Federal Highway Administration, the Coquille Indian Tribe, the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Ducks Unlimited, and the Estuarine Technical Group of the Institute for Applied Ecology.

“The Oregon Chapter of the American Fisheries Society is one of the most respected, progressive, and productive chapters in the country�, noted Roy W. Lowe, Project Leader for the Oregon Coast NWR Complex. “Its membership is comprised of the top fisheries researchers and managers in the state from academia, federal, state, and local agencies, Tribes, watershed councils, and the private sector and all of the team members are deeply honored to be recognized by this group of professionals�, said Lowe.

“Estuarine habitat is incredibly important for a wide array of species that includes not only Chinook and coho salmon and steelhead, but coastal cutthroat trout, lamprey, and a variety of marine fish. This project has dramatically increased the ecological value of the Coquille River estuary�, said Demian Ebert, Oregon AFS Past President. “The immediate success of the project was made possible only by a team of people working together for years to plan and implement the project. The Bandon Marsh Restoration Team exemplifies what the Fishery Team of the Year award is all about.�
The Coquille River Estuary has suffered the greatest percentage loss (94%) of tidal wetlands in the state of Oregon. The restoration project is benefiting a host of estuarine- dependent fish, particularly salmonids including coastal cutthroat trout, juvenile Chinook salmon and threatened coho salmon. Recent survey work by Service fisheries biologists documented juvenile coho salmon present throughout the five miles of the newly constructed sinuous tidal channels within the Bandon Marsh restoration area.

The Oregon AFS Fisheries Team of the Year Award recognizes outstanding collaborative team work to understand and manage fisheries resources, and acknowledges that these efforts frequently cross geographic, disciplinary and socioeconomic boundaries.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 2:42 PM / Category: Bandon Marsh NWR
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