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These are all of the news releases posted in May, 2012.
Thursday, 31
Summer Events at Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Come visit and explore Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). Family friendly summer programs have started and continue through September. All programs are free and open to the public; they will include history talks, bird walks, and other interesting wonders of the refuge. The current schedule follows:

Sunday, June 3, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., History of Nestucca Bay: Join Sally Rissel, president of the Tillamook County Historical Society, to discover the history and culture at Nestucca Bay. Sturdy walking/hiking shoes are recommended.

Saturday, June 23, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., Fascinating World of Birds: Members of the Audubon Society of Lincoln City will host a bird-watching hike and be available to talk with participants about the fascinating world of birds. Sturdy walking/hiking shoes are recommended.

Sunday, July 8, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., History of Nestucca Bay: Join Sally Rissel, president of the Tillamook County Historical Society, to discover the history and culture at Nestucca Bay. Sturdy walking/hiking shoes are recommended.

Saturday July 14, 6:30 p.m., Sunset Photography Hike: Capture the stunning sights, spectacular views and the beauty of the refuge while hiking trails and overlooking the Pacific. Bring your camera or borrow one of ours and capture the beauty of the Oregon sunset. After the sun sets, stick around to hear all the activity of the birds as they nestle in for the evening. Hike will begin promptly in the lower parking lot. Great for photo enthusiasts of all ages!

Saturday, July 28, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., Fascinating World of Birds: Members of the Audubon Society of Lincoln City will host a bird-watching hike and be available to talk with participants about the fascinating world of birds. Sturdy walking/hiking shoes are recommended.

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 parking lot. The refuge has a volunteer living onsite to answer questions for visitors and to maintain the grounds.

To obtain the up-to-date event schedule for the refuge please visit our website events page at http://www.fws.gov/oregoncoast/calendar/index.cfm, as changes can occur. For more information please contact Dawn Grafe at 541-867-4550 or Dawn_Grafe@fws.gov.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 10:20 AM / Category: Nestucca Bay NWR
Thursday, 24
Explore Siletz Bay Wildlife 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 twelve guided canoe and kayak trips during June, July, and August 2012. During these paddle 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. Space & parking is limited; therefore you must call ahead to make a reservation. Once you are registered we will send out additional information regarding the trips. All trips will launch within 15 minutes of the time listed. The tours will take place on the following dates so call and register today.

Wednesday, June 13: 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Sunday, June 24: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 26: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday, June 29: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Sunday, July 8: 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 10: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 26: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 28: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, August 9: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 11: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, August 23: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 26: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Siletz Bay Refuge includes some of the most scenic estuarine habitat 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 Octavia Sola at 541-961-2212 or octavia_sola@fws.gov. For more information visit www.fws.gov/oregoncoast.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 1:10 PM / Category: Siletz Bay NWR
Tuesday, 15
Cape Meares Receives High Marks from Visitors
An overwhelming percentage of visitors to Cape Meares National Wildlife Refuge and State Scenic Viewpoint (Cape Meares) in 2010 and 2011 were favorably impressed with its recreational opportunities and services according to a peer-reviewed government survey released today. Some 90 percent of respondents gave consistent high marks to all facets of their outdoor experience.

The survey was commissioned by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and designed, conducted, and analyzed by researchers with the U.S. Geological Survey. It evaluated responses from 205 visitors surveyed at Cape Meares between July 2010 and November 2011. Cape Meares was one of 53 refuges surveyed across the nation.

Cape Meares Refuge was established in 1938 as a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife. Cape Meares Refuge has been managed in cooperation with Oregon State Parks since its establishment and is defined by vertical coastal cliffs that support nesting seabirds, rocky outcroppings, and rolling headlands with old-growth forest dominated by Sitka spruce and western hemlock. Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint, managed by Oregon State Parks, is adjacent to the Refuge and harbors the famous Octopus Tree and the Cape Meares Lighthouse.

The Visitor Satisfaction Survey was conducted at Cape Meares and the results reflect the close partnership between both agencies. Of the surveyed visitors 75% had been to Cape Meares once in the last 12 months. The other 25% had visited multiple times averaging 12 times during the year. Half of the visitors first learned about Cape Meares from signs on U.S. Highway 101, another 34% from friends or relatives and the remainder from brochures or websites. An overwhelming majority of visitors (88%) lived more than 50 miles from Cape Meares.

Some survey participants volunteered enthusiastic comments, “Cape Meares is unique because of the opportunity to see migrating gray whales in the spring and winter; to learn about the history of the lighthouse; to see what the largest Sitka spruce in the state looks like; to wonder about the mystery of the Octopus Tree; to experience the rocky Oregon coast on a clear day; and, maybe to catch sight of a Peregrine falcon.�

Of survey participants,
• 96 percent reported satisfaction with recreational activities and opportunities;
• 95 percent reported satisfaction with information and education about the park and the refuge;
• 96 percent reported satisfaction with services provided by state park or refuge employees or volunteers; and
• 90 percent reported satisfaction with the conservation of wildlife and their habitat at Cape Meares.

The most popular outdoor activities that visitors engaged in at Cape Meares were whale watching, photography, bird watching and hiking. Many visitors also spent time touring the Cape Meares lighthouse and gift shop.

Staff at Cape Meares will use survey results to help guide transportation, facilities and services planning. USGS social scientist Natalie Sexton was the lead researcher on the report. The full survey is available at http://pubs.usgs.gov/ds/685/.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 3:48 PM / Category: Cape Meares NWR
Thursday, 10
IMBD Photo Contest Winners
The Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex held its first photography contest to celebrate International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD). IMBD, which highlights the migration of nearly 350 species of migratory birds between nesting habitats in North America and non-breeding grounds in Latin America, Mexico, and the Caribbean, will celebrate its 20th anniversary Saturday, May 11. The 2012 IMBD theme is “Connecting People to Bird Conservation.�

The photography contest supports this year’s theme by connecting people to birds through the lens of a camera. All photographers were encouraged to enter, either as a professional, amateur or youth. The judging was held this past week and the winners are as follows.

Amateur category
1-Great Blue Heron (wading in tidal slough) by Rick Sorensen
2-Two Eagles by Jared McArthur
3-Homeward Bound (Osprey) by Gloria O’Rourke
Honorable Mention-Bald Eagle with Common Murre by Susan Glarum
Honorable Mention-Fast Food (Scrub Jay) by Virginia Ledesma

Professional Category (limited entries)
1-Sanderling with food by Steve Dimock
2-Great Egret in nest by Lynda Bare

Best of Show
Sanderling with food by Steve Dimock

Visit our Facebook page to view the winning photos.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 12:09 PM / Category: Oregon Coast NWR Complex
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