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OUR MISSION: Encouraging residents and visitors to protect and enjoy the birds, wildlife and habitats found along the Central Oregon Coast
IN THE NEWS:

LOCAL

Saturday, June 25th, 9-11am ~ Open Spaces Bird Walk: The Knoll. Second growth cedar, spruce, fir, forest edge and upland meadow. A longer hike with some steep uphill/downhill, but great views over ocean and toward Siletz Bay. Bit of a strenuous walk. Sponsored by Lincoln City Open Space Program and ASLC. Binoculars and field guides lent to those who don't have them. Free to the public.

Friday, July 8th, 9-11am ~ Open Spaces Bird Walk: Devils Lake State Park/boardwalk/D River. Diverse habitat including river, wetlands, lake, forest and forest edge. Easy walk. Sponsored by Lincoln City Open Space Program and ASLC. Binoculars and field guides lent to those who don't have them. Free to the public.

Saturday, July 9th,  9-11am ~ Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area (Yaquina Lighthouse) with ASLC field guide Mark Elliott.  Yaquina Head is known for its easy viewing of nesting seabird colonies of Common Murres, Pelagic and Brandt's Cormorants, Pigeon Guillemots, Western Gulls and Black Oystercatchers. The highlight for some are the Peregrine Falcons which have nested on the cliff face beside the Interpretive Center for the last 4 years.  Yaquina Head Lighthouse is located north of Newport off Hwy 101.  Turn west at the traffic signal onto Lighthouse Drive.  Follow road to toll booth (requires recreation pass or vehicle entrance fee of $7.00) and continue on to Interpretive Center parking lot.

Saturday, July 23rd, 9-11am ~ Open Spaces Bird Walk: Friends of Wildwood Trail. Forest and wetlands with cedar and hemlock, some forest edge. Easy walk. Sponsored by Lincoln City Open Space Program and ASLC. Binoculars and field guides lent to those who don't have them. Free to the public.

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Do you love working on picture puzzles? Have fun playing this May 31 ASLC Mystery Bird Puzzle for your birding entertainment. Enjoy!

REGIONAL

Click here to read Klamath Basin Audubon Society's latest newsletter, The Grebe.

Click this link to see what ABA (American Birding Assoc) Birding Festivals are happening where and when.

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Whether you are a resident state birder or a visitor, you might be interested in finding out what birds were sighted where in the state and when. Click here for up-to-date reports.

NATIONAL

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IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS
Injured birds, dead mammals, poaching
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call: State Police: 800-452-7888

Injured Bird and Mammal Rehab Centers:
Chintimini Wildlife Center (Corvallis) 541-745-5324
Wildlife Care Center (Portland) 503-292-0304
Turtle Ridge Wildlife Center (Salem) 503-540-8664
Wildlife Center of the North Coast (Astoria) 503-338-0331

Injured Raptors
Cascades Raptor Center (Eugene) 541-485-1320


photo © nagi aboulenein - bald eagle

Help Oregon's Seabirds
by Protecting Forage Fish

Extracted from June 16th Audubon Alert by Audubon Society of Portland

It’s time to secure protections for forage fish in our state waters, from the shoreline to 3 miles off the coast. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) just issued its draft Oregon Forage Fish Management Plan (FMP) to protect several forage species. ODFW is accepting comments on the plan from the public until July 13.

This plan would build off of the landmark protections secured earlier this year for forage fish in federal waters, specifically protecting seven species and species groups of forage fish, including Pacific sand lance, Osmerid smelt species, silversides, pelagic squids, and others. Many of these fish are important prey for the more than 1 million seabirds that nest along Oregon’s coast. As a case in point, Pacific sand lance are a key prey species for the federally threatened Marbled Murrelet as well as other iconic seabirds like the Common Murre and Tufted Puffin.

This draft plan is a huge step forward in protecting forage fish and the seabirds that depend on them. To strengthen the plan, Audubon Society of Portland encourages ODFW to include a strategy to fill in data gaps and protect nearshore spawning grounds for relevant species covered in the plan.

common murre
Photo by Ron LaValley

How You Can Help

Take a few minutes and send a comment in support of forage fish conservation in Oregon. Below are some talking points to help you craft a brief comment:
• Thank ODFW for developing a plan that would extend forage fish protections recently adopted for federal waters (3-200 miles offshore) to Oregon’s marine waters, and ask them to finalize this plan.
• To further strengthen the plan, I/we encourage ODFW to include an explicit strategy to fill in data gaps and protect nearshore spawning grounds for relevant species covered in the plan.
• I/we are encouraged to see a plan that is ecosystem-based, taking into account the marine food web. By protecting forage fish species, the welfare of seabirds, marine mammals, and larger fish species (including commercially important fish like salmon) will be enhanced for future generations.
•I/we support the plan’s precautionary approach to management based on the principle that responsible management requires asking questions before a fishery begins, rather than after.
I/we are encouraged to see new reporting and monitoring requirements that will enable ODFW to help track bycatch landings of forage fish more accurately.


How to Comment:

Click here to leave a comment.

Submit your email, letter, or phone comment to:

Caren Braby, Manager
Marine Resources Program
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
2040 SE Marine Science Drive
Newport, OR 97365
(541) 867-4741
Caren.e.braby@state.or.us
CC: odfw.comments@state.or.us.

Why Act Now?

Too often fisheries managers step in after fish stocks have already collapsed.
This is a golden opportunity to set good policies before it is too late. Growing global demand for inexpensive protein drives the call to open new fisheries on forage fish, posing a threat to wildlife. By weight, forage fish now account for nearly 40 percent of all fish caught worldwide. Only ten percent of this catch is for human consumption – the other 90 percent goes to feed for livestock, pellets for farmed fish, and fertilizer.

Thank you for speaking up to protect forage fish and seabirds!

Joe Liebezeit
Avian Conservation Program Manager
Audubon Society of Portland

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