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These are all of the news releases posted in April, 2007.
Wednesday, 25
International Migratory Bird Day Celebration

Join the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Bonding with Birds Volunteers and friends from the Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC) as they celebrate International Migratory Bird Day at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area on Saturday, May 12, 2007. This interpretive and interactive event, organized by USFWS AmeriCorps members, is being held to celebrate the arrival and passing through of thousands of migrating birds. Spring marks an exciting time of year at Yaquina Head as Common Murre, Pigeon Guillemots, and Brandts Cormorants arrive to raise their young in rookeries that include over 25,000 birds!

During this event, visitors will enjoy breathtaking views of the seabirds nesting on Colony Rock and their comings and goings from the roiling Pacific Ocean. The entire event is open to the general public and starts at 8:30 am and ends at 1:00 pm. The day begins with a free Yaquina Birders and Naturalists birding trip led by Range Bayer from 8:30 am to 11:00 am. To attend this please meet at the Interpretive Center at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area and let the fee booth know that you are here for this trip to receive free entry. From 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, USFWS Project Leader Roy Lowe, Biological ScienceTechnician Amanda Gladics and Bonding with Birds volunteers will be stationed with spotting scopes at viewpoints offering tips on birding and fun facts about seabird biology. Also during this time USFWS AmeriCorps members Emily Eppinger and Rebecca Schiewe will be leading bird related crafts and activities for children in the lobby of the Interpretive Center. At 11:15 am, Bill Hanshumaker, Public Marine Education Specialist with SeaGrant will lead a hands-on discussion entitled: Antarcticas Gentoo Penguins: Parallel Adaptations to Northwest Seabirds in the Interpretive Center. At 12:00 pm Dawn Grafe with USFWS will dedicate the Oregon Coast Birding Trail in the Interpretive Center. The Birding Trail is a self-guided driving itinerary highlighting the premier locations for observing birds along the entire Oregon coast and into Northern California. Local birders, wildlife professionals and tourism specialists produced this comprehensive guide to 173 birding hotspots to help you make the most out of your birdwatching experience.

Bring the whole family to the International Migratory Bird Day Celebration at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area on May 12, 2007. Please note that Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area charges a fee of 5 dollars per vehicle. For more information contact Rebecca Schiewe at 541-867-4550.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 6:28 PM / Category: Oregon Coast NWR Complex
Thursday, 19
Instructions for commenting on Proposed Cannery Hill Project
The Environmental Assessment for the proposed public use project on Nestucca Bay NWR was made available on the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex website beginning Monday April 2, 2007. The 30-day comment period will close on Tuesday May 1, 2007. Written comments must be received by Thursday May 10, 2007 and can be submitted via email at oregoncoast@fws.gov or via snail mail at US Fish and Wildlife Service, 2127 SE Marine Science Drive, Newport OR 97365.

Based on comments received, changes may be made to the project proposal. After the final decision is made, the Service will send to everyone on the mailing list a summary of the proposal, our response to the public comments, how the proposal may have changed, and what the final decision is. If you are not already on the mailing list and would your name added, please send your address by email at oregoncoast@fws.gov, or by phone at 541-867-4550.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 2:49 PM / Category: Nestucca Bay NWR
Tuesday, 17
Cape Meares Closed for Paving
Project Manager for Cisneros Construction, Dwight Gill, announced today that the parking lot at Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint will be paved the week of April 22, 2007. During this final phase of parking lot recontruction, the area will closed to the general public from Tuesday, April 24 through Tuesday May 1, 2007.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 4:31 PM / Category: Cape Meares NWR
Monday, 2
Nestucca Bay NWR Proposes Construction of Visitor Facilities
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced the availability of the Draft Environmental Assessment and Public Use Plan for Development of Public Use and Associated Facilities on Cannery Hill at Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge. This document describes and evaluates the effects of the proposed Cannery Hill Overlook Project on fish and wildlife, refuge habitats, and the community. The project would be funded through a federal Transportation Enhancement Act grant as well as Refuge Roads Program funds. It would allow the Service to welcome visitors to a portion of the refuge, which is located near Pacific City and Cloverdale in southern Tillamook County.

The proposed project includes constructing two small parking lots and a paved, wheelchair -accessible trail that leads to an elevated viewing deck, installing a single vault restroom at one of the parking lots, and paving the access road from Highway 101 up to the Overlook trail. The paved trail and viewing deck would be atop Cannery Hill and would afford 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, also known as U.S. Highway 101.

The Environmental Assessment will be available on the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex website www.fws.gov/oregoncoast/ beginning Monday April 2, 2007. The 30-day comment period will close on Tuesday May 1, 2007. A public meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 18, 2007 in the Nestucca High School cafeteria from 6 to 8 p.m. to give interested individuals the opportunity to comment on and ask questions about the proposed project. Written comments must be received by Thursday May 10, 2007 and can be submitted via email at oregoncoast@fws.gov or via snail mail at US Fish and Wildlife Service, 2127 SE Marine Science Drive, Newport OR 97365.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 5:04 PM / Category: Nestucca Bay NWR
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