Monday, July 5, 2010

Oregon Shorebird Festival: August 27-29, 2010

Chipping SparrowA rare Buff-breasted Sandpiper on the Oregon Shorebird Festival, Coos Bay, Oregon, on 1 September 2007 by Greg Gillson.

 

Experience the wonder of shorebird migration along the scenic Oregon coast at the 24th Oregon Shorebird Festival to be held August 27-29, 2010. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Cape Arago Audubon Society, South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve and many other sponsors will have 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, Millicoma Marsh and the greater Coos Bay area. And for those who want to experience birding on the water, The Bird Guide, Inc. will offer a five hour pelagic trip on Saturday. Expected seabirds include Black-footed Albatross, Parasitic Jaeger, Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel, Sooty & Pink-footed Shearwater, Pomarine Jaeger, Red-necked Phalarope, Cassin's Auklets, and more. The Friday evening programs on will feature Ram Papish and the "The Great Oregon Bird Quiz." Saturday's keynote speaker will be Peter Moore “Saving the Chatham Island Oystercatcher.”

Bring your best pair of binoculars as Bandon Marsh and Coos Bay are renowned for shorebird watching and each year a few rarities have delighted festival attendees. Regular migrants include Black-bellied plover, Semipalmated plover, Western sandpiper, Least sandpiper, Dunlin, Whimbrel, Long-billed dowitcher, and Red-necked phalarope. Please join us on the southern coast of Oregon for a weekend of birding fun and challenges. To register for the festival or for more information please visit our website at www.fws.gov/oregoncoast/shorebirdfestival.htm or contact Dawn Grafe at 541-867-4550.

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