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These are all of the news releases posted in May, 2011.
Thursday, 26
Hillside Stabilization and Repair Proposed at Siletz Bay NWR
The Service proposes to allow the City of Lincoln City to repair and stabilize a small section of hillside on Siletz Bay NWR to prevent continued erosion from blocking the access road into Lincoln City's Wastewater Treatment Plant. Review the Compatibility Determination (796 KB PDF) and send comments to oregoncoast@fws.gov. Public review and comment period begins 5/26/11 and ends 6/8/11.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 10:33 AM / Category: Siletz Bay NWR

Waterline Replacement Under Neskowin Marsh Unit Proposed
The Service proposes to allow the Neskowin Regional Water District to replace a failed portion of waterline underneath the Neskowin Marsh Unit of Nestucca Bay NWR. Review the Compatibility Determination (46 KB PDF) and send comments to oregoncoast@fws.gov. Public review and comment period begins 5/26/11 and ends 6/8/11.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 10:32 AM / Category: Nestucca Bay NWR

The Final Phase of Restoration Begins!
The third and final year of construction for the Ni-les'tun Tidal Marsh Restoration Project has begun. On May 10th, Refuge staff, engineers with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and the Coos County Road Department met on site with Pacific Power and Frontier Communications to discuss the undergrounding of the North Bank Lane power lines and phone/cable along the Fahys Creek and Redd Creek grade raise areas. This is a new project component that is being implemented along bird flight corridors to prevent injury and mortality due to wire strikes. During the meeting partners reviewed the 2011 construction activities and schedule for completing the small culvert upgrades, and repaving of North Bank Lane. Engineers with FHWA and their contractor BANC3 reviewed a new entrance road design for the refuge office since the existing entrance will be impacted by road widening of North Bank Lane. Surveyors for Tidewater Contractors arrived on May 4th; their construction crews are scheduled to arrive after the survey is completed. Roadwork will continue throughout the spring and summer.

Ducks Unlimited and their contractor Knife River Corporation will return to the refuge in July for the final phase of construction associated with the marsh restoration. This final phase will include the placement of the large woody debris in tidal channels and creeks, relocating the mouth of Fahys Creek back to its historic location, erection of small dikes on the east and west end of the project site to protect private lands, and removal of the artificial perimeter dike and tidegates. By late-August the tidal function of the marsh will be restored!
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 10:13 AM / Category: Ni-les'tun Tidal Marsh Restoration Project
Wednesday, 25
Restoration of Fahys Creek to be Expanded
Delay in completing the undergrounding of the transmission lines under the Coquille River and floodplain last summer forced us move the completion of the tidal marsh restoration project to this summer. Initially a disappointment, the delay has allowed us to expand the restoration work for coho salmon and sea-run coastal cutthroat trout. Working with the USFWS's Coastal Program, ODFW, and Ducks Unlimited, the restoration of Fahys Creek is being extended onto private lands west of Highway 101. A step-pool structure will be built at the culvert outlet on the east side of the highway to allow salmonid passage under the highway and up Fahys Creek. The current 36" fall and plunge pool is a barrier to fish passage and blocks movement upstream. West of the highway the stream channel will be redirected back to the natural historic channel and away from an artificially constructed portion of the creek. This will allow fish passage from the Coquille River, all the way up to and past Fahys Lake.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 10:58 AM / Category: Ni-les'tun Tidal Marsh Restoration Project

Restoration at the Former Cranberry Bogs
Earlier this spring, the 10-acre former cranberry bogs on the Anaflor Smith tract of the refuge was replanted with native vegetation to begin restoring the area to forested wetland and riparian habitat. A contract crew working for Ducks Unlimited planted 1,227 trees and 10,130 shrubs in this area. A beaver exclusion fence was erected by refuge staff adjacent to the newly constructed stream channel through the former bogs to prevent beaver from feeding on and destroying newly planted streamside vegetation. Beaver have already begun impounding the stream channel at the south end of the former bogs creating good pool habitat for wood ducks, shorebirds, fish and amphibians. Fisheries biologists with the USFWS Columbia River Fisheries Program Office have been conducting pre-restoration monitoring and have found juvenile coho salmon present throughout the stream channels and sloughs constructed last year even though the outer dike and water control structures are still in place.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 10:57 AM / Category: Ni-les'tun Tidal Marsh Restoration Project
Wednesday, 4
Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day May 11
Go Wild, Go Birding: Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day

Get outside and enjoy the multiple activities happening around Newport for International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) on Saturday, May 14. Go Wild, Go Birding� is this year’s IMBD theme, created to celebrate the migration of birds to North American breeding grounds from Southern non-breeding grounds. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), Bureau of Land Management, Oregon Parks and Recreation and local community groups have partnered to offer a wide range of events for all to enjoy.

The Bureau of Land Management is offering a Free Fee Day at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area. Yaquina Head provides unique opportunities to see birds with a large number of marine breeding colonies located just off the mainland. From 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Staff and volunteers will be at the Cobble Beach Viewing Deck with spotting scopes and an interpretive table to help visitors learn about the birds and allow for a close view of these marine birds in action. Range Bayer, from Yaquina Birders and Naturalists will lead a bird walk starting at the Yaquina Head Interpretive Center beginning at 8:30 a.m. The Service will be in the Interpretive Center from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with an interpretive table and games for children and families. For more information and directions for IMBD 2011 events at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area call (541) 574-3100.

Oregon Parks and Recreation will offer activities at Beaver Creek State Natural Area starting at 9:00 a.m. with a guided bird walk, incorporating Beaver Creek’s already established Bird Count Census throughout the Natural Area. This guided walk will have naturalists and expert birders to help beginners identify birds; all ages and abilities welcomed. From 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Welcome Center, visitors will get first-hand information on local birds and bird watching techniques by roaming naturalists on the observation deck. The Service will have a booth in the Welcome Center where visitors can obtain free information on local birds and At 12:00 p.m., Dawn Grafe Park Ranger, visitor services manager with the Service, will give a presentation on how to establish a bird feeding station in your backyard. For more information and directions for Bird Day 2011 email Brian Fowler at brian.fowler@state.or.us or call (541) 563-6413.

If you would prefer to stay at home you can still celebrate IMBD by participating in the citizen science North American Migration Count (NAMC). NAMC was started in 1992 to offer bird watchers the opportunity to watch and report their findings to contribute to the monitoring of bird spring migration. For more information contact Chuck Gates at cgates326@gmail.com.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 10:04 AM / Category: Oregon Coast NWR Complex
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