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Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex
Pacific Region

Red Knots in flight28th Annual Oregon Shorebird Festival
September 5 - 7, 2014

The Oregon Shorebird Festival's 28th year will include a full weekend of activities planned for birders of all skill levels. The festival is headquartered at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology in Charleston, OR. Activities include expertly guided land based field trips to Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, New River and the Coos Bay area. There is a pelagic trip on Saturday for those who want to experience birding on the water.

The Oregon Shorebird Festival usually attracts between 60 to 100 birders from all over the nation but primarily from the Pacific Northwest. The Festival is small when compared to other wildlife festivals across the nation. We like it this way as it keeps the festival intimate so visitors are able to interact more closely with field trip leaders, guest speakers and other festival attendees. Join us for days filled with shorebirds and evenings with good conversation and great presentations.



Schedule of Events

Friday, September 5

4:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. - - Registration at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology or OIMB - - Directions.

7:00 p.m. - - Evening Program

  • Opening remarks
  • Field Trip Announcements
  • Presentation: “Must See Birds of the Pacific Northwest” by Sarah Swanson and Max Smith. Max and Sarah authored this great book that features 85 unforgettable species of the Pacific Northwest and tells you how to find them. During the show Max and Sarah will share great stories about birds, birding, and writing their book, followed by a book signing.

Saturday, September 6

6:30 a.m. - Pelagic Trip *SOLD OUT for 2014*
Meet at Betty Kay Charters in the Charleston Boat Marina at 6:30 am for a five hour trip
Register at

7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Water-based Field Trips * FULL - call to get on waiting list *
Birding the Slough via Canoe -
Meet in parking lot across from OIMB

7:45 a.m. -- Land-based Field Trips
Meet in parking lot across from OIMB at 7:30 a.m. to carpool

11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. -- SEA watches for marine mammals and seabird at Simpson Reef Overlook

5:30 p.m. - - Sustainable Seafood Buffet Dinner at OIMB Cafeteria - - Directions to OIMB

7:00 p.m. -- Evening Program

  • Review of birds seen
  • Field Trip Announcements
  • Presentation: Joe Buchanan, a biologist with the Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife will present Red Knots: Status and migration on the Pacific coast. Red Knots migrate along our coastline and may use as few as four stopover sites between over-wintering areas in Mexico and breeding areas in AK and Russia. Come learn about Red Knot abundance, distribution, ecology & behavior.

Sunday, September 7

7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Water-based Field Trips
Birding the Slough via Canoe
Meet in parking lot across from OIMB - Space is limited, please call Dawn Harris at 541-867-4550 to get on a waiting list

7:45 a.m. - - Land-based Field Trips
Meet in parking lot across from OIMB to carpool


To register, download the registration form and mail the completed form to Oregon Shorebird Festival, 2127 SE Marine Science Drive, Newport OR 97365 or email it to Registration forms can be downloaded as an adobe pdf document or you can get a hard copy by contacting Dawn Harris at 541-867-4550.

You can also register for the event on Friday, September 5 from 4:00 - 6:00 PM. in the cafeteria on the OIMB campus. To reach OIMB take Highway 101 to Coos Bay or North Bend. Follow signs to "Ocean Beaches", "Charleston", or "Sunset Bay". Charleston is approximately eight miles from Coos Bay. As you enter Charleston, cross the South Slough bridge and turn right on Boat Basin Drive. OIMB is approximately one-half mile on the left at 63466 Boat Basin Drive. Driving from Eugene takes two-and-a-half hours. Driving from Portland takes about five hours.


All festival events are based out of the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology Campus in Charleston, OR.
Directions to OIMB: Take Highway 101 to Coos Bay or North Bend. Follow signs to "Ocean Beaches" and "Charleston." Charleston is eight miles from Coos Bay. In Charleston, cross the South Slough bridge and turn right on Boat Basin Drive. OIMB is 1/2 miles on the left at 53566 Boat Basin Drive.


Breakfast: A local business called "Monkey Business" will open at 5:00 AM on both Saturday and Sunday with coffee and hot breakfast items for purchase including waffles and breakfast burritos. Monkey Business is conveniently located in the Charleston Marina in the corner of the parking lot across from Betty Kay Charters, just look for the bright yellow mobile trailer.

Lunch: The festival does not provide options for lunch. However, a local deli called Davey Jones Locker can make you a lunch box which can be ordered the evening prior to your field trip and can then be picked up by 7:00 AM the following morning.

Dinner: At 5:30 PM on Saturday there will be an optional Sustainable Seafood buffet in the OIMB cafeteria. The dinner includes Albacore Tuna, salad, side dishes, bread, dessert and a drink. The cost is $25 per person. Pre-registration for tickets to this dinner is encouraged.

Other restaurants in town include: Chuck's Seafood, High Tide Cafe and The Portside.


OIMB Dormitory - FULL - No Space Left for 2014
The Dormitory at OIMB is available for Friday and Saturday night at $20 per person per night. The dormitory is bunk-style lodging, each room is private with a single bed, desk and dresser. Bathrooms are shared. Bring your own linens and towels. Earplugs and a heatlamp are also recommended. Space is limited so please register early to reserve a bunk room.

Other Lodging Options

Captain John's Motel
(541) 888.4041
Charleston Harbor Inn
(877) 888-1178
Charleston Chamber of Commerce
corner of Boat Basin Dr. & Cape Arago Hwy
( 541) 888-2311
Loft By the Lighthouse
(541) 888- 8386
La Kris Inn
(888) 496-3610
Sunset Bay State Park
(541) 888-4902
(503) 208-9861

Many people work hard to make the festival a success. Thank you to each and every one of you!

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Shoreline Education for Awareness
Cape Arago Audubon Society
The Bird Guide, Inc.
South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve
Oregon Institute of Marine Biology



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