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Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex
Pacific Region

Oregon Shorebird Festival

September 4-6, 2015

Land-based Field Trips

Sign-up for all land-based field trips at registration on Friday, September 4 at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology

Bandon Marsh and Beach People birdwatching at Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge - Photo by Roy Lowe USFWS
Date:September 5 & 6
Time: 7:45 AM to 3:00 PM
Directions: Meet in parking lot at 7:30 AM across from OIMB to carpool

This expertly guided trip will hit a few good bird spots throughout Bandon. Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge will have an abundance of fall migrating shorebirds including commonly seen Black-bellied plover, Semipalmated plover, Dunlin, Western and Least sandpiper and Whimbrel. Rare shorebirds have also been seen and include Ruff, Mongolian plover and Hudsonian godwit. At the south jetty expect Surfbirds, Wandering tattler, Black turnstone and possibly Ruddy turnstone. We will also hike about a mile along Bandon Beach to look for the federally threatened Western snowy plover.

Coos Bay
Date: September 5 & 6
Time: 7:45 AM to 3:00 PM
Directions: Meet in parking lot at 7:30 AM across from OIMB to carpool

This field trip will visit all of the hot spots around Coos Bay. Stops will include the North Spit where Pacific Loon, Western grebe, and many species of waterfowl can be seen. Next you will visit Pony Slough in North Bend. Marbled godwits, Pacific golden-plover and other birds including Peregrine falcon, Bald eagle, Great egret. The trip will end at Millicoma Marsh. Fresh water marshes, ponds and a tidal marsh all attract plovers, sandpipers, waterfowl, rails and kites.


Water Based Field Trips

Bird South Slough via Canoe

Date: Sunday, September 6 *TRIP FULL - No Spaces Remaining*
Time: 7 AM to 2 PM

Float with the tide and explore the shores of South Slough by canoe as we search for winged wildlife during this five hour trip. To ensure a safe and fun trip we are limiting this event to eight participants per day. Trips are free of charge and canoes, personal flotation devices and paddles are provided. Dress for the weather, bring lunch or a snack and wear shoes that can get muddy. Space is limited; sign up for this trip by calling Dawn Harris at 541-867-4550 or email

Pelagic Trip
Saturday, September 5
Duration: 5 hours
Directions: Meet at the Betty Kay in the Charleston Marina at 6:30 AM for a 7:00 AM departure
Cost: $TBD
You MUST pre-register for this event with:
Oregon Pelagic Tours

Especially for beginners! Oregon Pelagic Tours is proud to host the pelagic trip for the Oregon Shorebird Festival. The trip will allow birders to get a taste of a typical pelagic trip, while offering quite a few of the seabirds possible on longer trips. Expected seabirds include Black-footed Albatross, Parasitic Jaeger, Sabine's Gull, Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel, Sooty & Pink-footed Shearwater, Northern Fulmar, Pomarine Jaeger, Red-necked Phalarope, Cassin's Auklets, and more! As with all our trips, on-board guides will point out birds and other marine life.

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