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The coastal refuges offer unique opportunities to study plants and animals in pristine or relatively undisturbed habitats. These field studies seek to answer questions ranging from the needs of a single species to how an entire ecosystem functions.

Below are summaries of ongoing research and field studies conducted at Bandon Marsh NWR.

Measuring Avian Response to Tidal Salt Marsh Restoration

Oregon State University researcher Ben Wishnek investigates how information regarding natural resource management activities is understood and appreciated by different audiences: scientists/researchers, the general public, and other management professionals. His work seeks to communicate information about avian response to a tidal marsh restoration project that occurred at Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge in Southern Oregon to the three aforementioned audiences. 

Get an executive summary of his project here (PDF 2 MB).

Mosquito monitoring and control efforts at Bandon Marsh NWR

Refuge staff and partners continue to monitor and control mosquito larvae at Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge throughout 2021. As has been done each year since 2014, if larvae reach a predetermined threshold density they will be treated with the larvicide Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis, or Bti, by hand or backpack spreader. The refuge will also monitor the effectiveness of the 80,000 linear feet of new tidal channels that were excavated in 2014 to drain mosquito breeding pools that had been inadvertently created during a previous marsh restoration project.

Learn more about the ongoing efforts here.

Bandon Marsh NWR Carbon Sequestration Project

In keeping with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's 2010 pledge to reduce its carbon footprint by five to ten percent per year, the Service's Pacific Region has implemented a number of strategies to cut emissions: smarter energy use at USFWS facilities, a sharp reduction in employee travel expenditures, and overall improvement in waste diversion/recycling practices, among others. Every bit helps to pare down the Region's footprint, which in 2012 was estimated at 17,814 tons of carbon dioxide, or CO2. At Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, a carbon-sequestration project started in 2016 will transform a 13.7-acre segment of former pasture land into Oregon coastal forest, one the Region's most productive (and thus CO2-reducing) ecosystems.

For more details, download this summary (PDF 5 MB) of the project.